How would you define a superhero? Someone who puts their special skill set to use to protect you and your family from harm? Believe it or not, by that definition, your plumber is most certainly a superhero. The reason is that your plumbing system has a lot to do with whether or not your family has access to clean, safe water, which is one of life’s essentials.
If your plumbing is compromised, you and your family could become seriously ill as a result. Your plumber is also a superhero for the planet, because he works hard to help reduce water waste in your home.
Your Plumber and Water Conservation
Another way that your plumber can help your water conservation plan is to install environmentally friendly plumbing fixtures. Did you know that your toilets account for about a third of your home’s water use? Putting in a dual flush toilet will reduce that a great deal.
While you are at it, put in low flow showerheads and motion sensor faucets, which will help even more. Curious about how you can cut your own water use? Only water your lawn when it really needs it.
Don’t have lawn and garden decor that require running water, like foundations. Don’t run water to defrost food or wash produce. Fill a basin instead. Have a quick shower instead of a long bath.
Potential Issues with Your Plumbing
Older pipes contain lead, which poses a contamination threat to your water. There is the risk of lead leaching into your water. In order to eliminate this risk, you’ll need to replace your pipes with PVC or copper. PVC is durable and more resistant to rust, which can contaminate your water. Copper is resistant to germs, so is a good choice as well.
When is the last time you had your pipes inspected? It’s a good idea to do once in a while. If the water pressure is off kilter in your home, it can damage the pipes and cause backflow, where water flows in the opposite direction. Your wastewater ends up at your taps, instead of leaving the premises properly.
Health Issues You Expose Yourself to With Unclean Water
For the most part, water is well treated here in Coburg, ON, but there is always the possibility of contamination. Anyone who drinks unclean water is at risk of contracting water-borne illnesses, but children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk.
Some common illnesses that are contracted after ingesting contaminated water are lead poisoning, E coli, hepatitis A, dysentery, cholera, and salmonella. You are at risk of developing chronic problems with your liver, kidneys other organs.