Plumbing issues aren’t always easy to spot. Your pipes are hidden, so you might have to do some detective work to locate them. If left untreated, faulty plumbing in your Culpeper, Virginia, home can negatively affect you and your family’s health in several ways.

Fungus Growth

Leaky pipes in your home can cause biological growth and spread to other areas of your home. These types of growths and other hazardous pores cannot live without water. Although the health effects vary, some of the more common ones are coughing and wheezing, throat irritation, nasal congestion, and fatigue.

Contaminated Drinking Water

A defective plumbing system doesn’t only affect your home due to exposure, but it can contaminate drinking water. Dirt and bugs can get into your fresh groundwater and food as well via a broken underground pipe, although many filters can separate sediment and debris. However, E. coli bacteria and salmonella are toxins that you cannot remove via filters and can affect your health. Drinking, bathing, or cooking with contaminated water can lead to intestinal problems, damaged skin, chronic nausea, and weakened immunity.

Sanitation Issues

You might not think about your sewer lines at all unless you have an issue. However, if you have small children, or someone suffering from a chronic disease, it’s important to make sure you’re not experiencing any type of sewer leaks inside or outside of your home. When a sewer line backs up into your home and deposits raw sewage into areas in your home with sinks, toilets, or drains, you could release harmful bacteria into your home. It also releases an unpleasant odor. You could end up with an inflammation of the stomach and intestines, hepatitis, and jaundice.

Although your plumbing system is hidden from sight, it remains an integral part of your home. Without it, you don’t have clean water to drink, bathe, or ways to remove waste. To keep your home clean and safe, take care of faulty plumbing immediately. Contact Total Comfort at 540-413-0982 to schedule an appointment to determine if you have any faulty plumbing issues in your home.

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