3 Tips For a Safer Home Plumbing System
From car seats and self-defense lessons to high-security locks and home security systems, most would stop at nothing to keep their family safe. However, it is just as important to keep in mind the dangers within our own home’s plumbing system, and how to avoid them.
While running water is something we might take for granted, lack of regular maintenance can result in serious health risks that can affect both you and your family. Check out these 3 tips for keeping your home plumbing system both safe and efficient!
Purchase The Right Pipes
Though you usually can’t see them, investing in the right material for your pipes is essential in making sure your home plumbing system is safe. But what makes some pipes safer than others?
Until fairly recently lead pipes were used in plumbing systems because of lead’s resistance to pinhole leaks and its malleability, allowing it to bend in ways that carry water more efficiently. When it was discovered that lead was toxic the plumbing industry began recommending different piping materials, like copper and PVC, to reduce lead exposure.
If your home was built before 1980, your plumbing may still contain lead pipes that must be replaced immediately. Lead poisoning can lead to nausea and vomiting, learning disabilities, brain damage and many more painful symptoms. If you suspect your home may still use lead piping, consider scheduling an inspection right away.
Hire A Licensed Professional
Though completing a project DIY style or hiring an unlicensed contractor may be cheaper at first, it’ll cost you more in the long run if the job isn’t done right! Certified professionals are not only skilled plumbers, but are also trained in problem-solving skills if an unexpected problem comes up.
Licensed plumbers must complete a course, pass an exam and work as an apprentice for a specified amount of time. Due to this extensive experience before he or she even completes a single job, a licensed professional will certainly be more adept than an unlicensed one. Even if an uncertified plumber completes the job, he or she may leave structural damage that can rear its ugly head in the future and force you to pay loads of money to correct the initially overlooked mistake.
Leaks come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing is for sure: no one wants them! Whether it’s a basement flood or a constantly dripping faucet, leaks waste loads of water and money—and they pose dangerous health effects.
Minor leaks often go unnoticed because a few drops a day may not seem like anything to fret over. However, a slow drip can eventually lead to a damp area which is the perfect environment for black mold or other types of fungus to grow. Black mold is particularly harmful, leading to allergic reactions, skin irritation, breathing problems and even hallucinations.
If the leak is a bit bigger, outside toxins can make their way into your plumbing system through cracks, compromising your drinking water. Don’t let leaky pipes ruin your home and finances. Call a professional if you suspect your system is at risk.