How Plumbers Help Reduce Health Issues From Unclean Water
You may rely on your plumber for your mental health to help you when you experience a stressful plumbing leak. However, your plumber also does a great deal to support your family’s physical health too.
Contaminated water can cause serious illness and even death, depending on the nature of the contaminant. Young children, the immune-compromised and the elderly are most vulnerable. Your plumbing has a lot to do with keeping your water safe.
Here is what you need to know about your water here in San Antonio, TX.
Prior to a couple of decades ago, lead was commonly used in plumbing pipes. The problem is that lead can transfer from these pipes directly into your drinking water.
It is worthwhile upgrading your piping to PVC, which is not only more resistant to leaks, it is less likely to contaminate your water.
Get in the habit of cleaning out your faucet aerators as well. Deposits build up in there and can cause your water to be impure. Run the water for a bit every time that you are using it for drinking or for cooking.
Water gets contaminated more easily if it is stagnant, so make sure you run your faucets if you’ve been away on holidays, just to “clean” it out.
Your Water can Make you Sick
Impure water is about more than tasting bad. You can get seriously ill. Salmonella, E. coli, Hepatitis A and a host of other diseases are linked to contaminated drinking water.
Unclean water can cause a host of symptoms, like gastrointestinal illness, neurological problems or even reproductive problems. It’s not something to take lightly, especially if you or someone in your family falls within the vulnerable groups.
It’s worthwhile as an extra safety measure to install a water filtration system right on your tap to filter out impurities.
Be a Water Conservation Superhero
When it comes to water conservation, every little bit counts. Make a point of keeping your eyes open for plumbing leaks.
Start in your basement and walk about, looking for evidence of leaks, like pooling water or mold growth. Don’t forget to open up cabinetry under sinks to look for moisture.
You can also conserve water by being mindful about how you use it. Turn off the tap when you are brushing your teeth or washing your hands.
Gather water in a bucket when you are waiting for the shower to heat up and use it to water your plants. Don’t run water to rinse dishes or to defrost food. By following these tips, you will do your part to help conserve water.