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What’s in Your Water? The Health Risks of Poor Plumbing

Poor plumbingPoor plumbing is a common problem. According to World Health Organization (WHO) Water Sanitation and Health Coordinator Jose Hueb, 1.8 billion people out of 3.2 billion are discharging their drainage to some sort of sewage system. Poor pipe connection to these sewage systems are often the cause of water-related diseases.

Potential Risks from Contaminated Water

Dr. Jamie Bartram of WHO explain bacteria from human wastes in sewage systems make their way to water supplies. This, in turn, leads to transmission of diseases like diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, and, in other occasions, Legionella.

Legionella, also known as Legionellosis, occurs due to the contamination of the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. This bacterium thrives in bodies of water like lakes, creeks, hot springs, and rivers. The common sources of this bacteria are poorly maintained water systems, such as evaporative condensers from air-conditioning units, humidifiers, and whirlpool spas.

Mild cases of Legionellosis cause flu-like symptoms like fever, headaches, and muscle pain that usually lasts two to five days. In severe cases, Legionellosis, may cause progressive pneumonia. If left untreated, it may lead to respiratory failure or even death.

Maintenance as Prevention

Scheduling a routine plumbing maintenance is the best way to effectively protect yourself from these diseases. As the experienced San Diego plumbers of PerryPlumbing.com explain, there are many simple ways to conduct a regular maintenance.

Start by checking your water heaters, sink drains, and toilet tanks for leaks and clogging. Look for signs of moisture, mold growth, and corrosion. It might take you a while to complete the job, though.

If you don’t have the time to do everything on your own, hire a plumber who can conduct a routine inspection of your plumbing system. Some companies even conduct pressure tests for hairline leak detection, drain treatments, water pressure assessment, garbage disposals and water heater cleanings.

As WHO reiterates, it is important to take into account the design and proper maintenance of plumbing systems. With constant vigilance, you can reduce the risks of water contamination and ensure health safety in the household.