Everyone recognizes the important of modern plumbing in our daily lives. However, it’s something that most people take for granted until a pipe bursts or a drain clogs. Even a modest leak could lead to big problems. Here are some of the risks you could be dealing with in your home and business when plumbing problems occur.
Your sewer system could get backed up for many reasons, such as failed pipes or intrusion from growing roots. When it does, you’re looking at a mess that could make your home uninhabitable. On top of the terrible odor that can be difficult to remove later, sewage typically contains harmful bacteria such as E. Coli, salmonella, leptospirosis, and potentially deadly hepatitis.
Where there’s flooding there’s always a danger of electrical shock. It isn’t just flood from heavy rain that’s a threat, but flooding from burst pipes or backed-up drains. Pooling water or even steady leaking within the walls, floors, or ceiling creates the potential for electrical shock through contact with lighting fixtures, outlets, and switches. Heavy leaks near circuit panels can create the potential for eclectic hazards throughout the home.
There are other risks even without active leaks. Old metal pipes are more likely to burst. Plumbing, especially in older homes, can contain lead or lead alloys that add toxins to your water supply. Other types of metal plumbing can contain rusts and metallic scale that create health and environmental issues. It’s a good idea to have your water tested, especially your drinking water. Talk to a licensed plumber from a company like Walters Environmental Service if you have any concerns.
Exposed wood and drywall can soak up leaking water like a sponge. This tends to happen where you can’t see or hear the leak until it soaks through. Saturated drywall weakens, blisters, and has to be replaced. Wood studs and joists can develop wood rot, or be sufficiently weakened so that they’re warped and create a risk of collapse.
Mold and Mildew
Plumbing leaks can lead to mold, mildew, and algae. This develops as green or black spots or stains. They are living microbes that can grow into thriving colonies under moist, warm conditions. If they grow within walls or other out-of-sight spots, they can become a serious problem. Many kinds of molds are dangerous to your family’s health.
Prompt repairs and preventative measures can save you and your family on costly repairs while ensuring a healthier home. Keep these tips in mind and prevent trouble before it arises.