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Common Plumbing Problems That Affect Your Health

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Plumbing problems can be a frustrating part of owning residential or commercial properties. Still, plumbing issues happen and they can cause all kinds of problems, too. Beyond structural damage that can happen if a plumbing problem is ignored, common plumbing issues can also affect your health.

Leaky Pipes

Leaky pipes can indicate a variety of plumbing problems. From clogged dishwasher drain hoses to faulty or aging plumbing, many factors can cause a leaky pipe. Pipes that are leaking for whatever reason should be addressed as soon as possible. Water from leaks can not only cause damage to walls, cabinetry, or other surfaces, but standing water from a leaky pipe attracts insects and other pests which carry disease into your home. It can cause harmful mold and bacteria growth too. Bacteria and mold can release into the air, causing respiratory problems. This is especially important to be aware of if you or a loved one have an existing condition like asthma.

Clogged Drains

A clogged drain can be a plumbing problem nightmare. Clogged drains can lead to damage from backups or flooding, but if they aren’t fixed and maintained properly, they can harm your health. Clogged drains can lead to overflowing toilets, drain backups in showers or kitchen sinks, and contaminated water. Water becomes contaminated when a drain is clogged because it passes through sewage and waste as it travels through the pipes. If this problem isn’t addressed, you and your family could become sick. Unclean water can lead to diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, salmonella, or E. coli.

It isn’t just contaminated drinking water to think of when it comes to plumbing problems that affect your health. It’s also sanitation issues when cleaning or bathing in contaminated water. Unclean water can cause skin infections, severe allergies, or even chronic migraines.

Sewage System Damage

Both leaky pipes and clogged drains can result from sewer system damage. Sewer systems can become damaged from line blockages, foreign objects, and even tree root growth. Blockages often result from improper drain usage. This is why you shouldn’t pour grease or hazardous materials down the drain. Some items that claim to be flushable can actually cause blockages. It’s best to be cautious.

No matter the cause of sewage system damage, a professional plumbing company must address it as soon as possible. Sewer system backups can lead to standing water in your home or commercial building, causing overgrowths of harmful mold and attracting insects that carry disease. Sewage system damage is the leading cause of contaminated water. E. coli, salmonella, and hepatitis caused by bacteria leaking into a water source can be life-threatening.

Preventing Common Plumbing Problems

We know protecting you and your family’s health is your top concern. Here are a few tips on preventing plumbing issues that can cause serious illnesses.

  • Clean shower heads regularly.
  • Never run the garbage disposal without running water.
  • Regularly check for leaks in faucets, toilets, and pipes.
  • Don’t forget to service the hot water heater.
  • Don’t skip plumbing maintenance with a professional plumber.

Protect Your Health With Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning, & Electric

We are the premier residential and commercial plumbing experts in South Florida. With 40 years in business, Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning, & Electric is a team of professionals you can count on.

We service, sell, repair, and install plumbing and HVAC systems for Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Broward counties. With a team of fully licensed and insured technicians, you can trust your plumbing needs with us. Our regular business hours are Mon-Sat, 8 am. To schedule a service with us, start here. For questions or more information, call us at 1-800-475-1504.


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