Leaky pipes are one of the most common plumbing problems that a homeowner can expect to encounter. Leaks can be an indication of a larger problem with your plumbing system, such as an issue within your sewer line. While most homeowners are already aware that pipe leaks can cause a host of different structural problems, they may not be fully informed of several serious health risks that these leaks often pose. Let’s take a closer look at some of the health concerns related to pipe leaks.
Asbestos, Mold, and Other Health Hazards
Undetected pipe leaks will lead to water damage in the form of wet spots or even standing water in your home. These moisture-rich environments serve as an ideal habitat for different types of fungal growth, including mold and mildew. Certain leaks can also increase your asbestos exposure risk. Fungal infestations increase indoor air pollutant levels in your home and wreak havoc on your health. When a pipe leak goes unnoticed, residents are unknowingly exposed to these pollutants for extended periods of time.
Plumbing problems are to blame for many types of illnesses. Damp living environments inevitably lead to irritation of the throat and lungs, which will interfere with your ability to breathe normally. When you have a leaky pipe hiding behind your walls, it is more than likely that you are also breathing in mold spores. This is why residents of homes with severe pipe leaks can be more vulnerable to catching illnesses like the common cold and the flu. Exposure to fungi may cause congestion, coughing, or wheezing, all of which could lead to more serious conditions such as upper and lower respiratory infections.
Knowing the Signs of a Pipe Leak
An experienced homeowner will identify pipe leaks before they have the chance to impact anyone’s health. When determining the site of a pipe leak, trust your sense of smell—musty odors are almost always a sign of fungal growth caused by pipe deterioration behind walls or under flooring surfaces. Also, pay close attention to the water output of your plumbing fixtures as well. If you notice a decrease in water flow, your home may be suffering from a leak. If you suspect that there is a pipe leak in your home, contact the experts at Metcalf Plumbing. They can help address the issue before it causes serious health problems.
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Metcalf Plumbing is a customer-focused plumbing contractor serving residential and commercial clients throughout the Catonsville, Ellicott City and surrounding areas. From water heater installation, sump pump installation and repair to water and sewer line replacement, Metcalf Plumbing is a trusted resource to call on when you need help with your plumbing services. We are not commission-based and we provide honest, upfront costs with a thorough inspection of your system and suggested next steps. Our trained and courteous technicians are standing by to provide quality comfort at competitive prices. You can call us at 410-242-311 and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!