Does My Plumbing Contain Diseases?

One the most frequent questions we receive from our customers is this very question, and understandably so! Does my Plumbing contain diseases? Your safety and well- being is our number one priority. To give you the short answer, yes, your plumbing could harbor bacterium known as legionella which can be the cause of illnesses such as Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac Fever.

Legionnaires’ disease presents its like pneumonia and can stay in your system for a few weeks before presenting itself. Pontiac Fever, which is a sever flu like illness, causes shortness of breath, fever, shaking, and coughing. If you believe you have one of these illnesses, contact a physician immediately. Legionella can be found in warm, stagnant bodies of water that aren’t regularly drained. For example, a hot tub, hot water storage tanks, and even hot water heaters.

However, the most common places that legionella can be found are in fountains, water towers, and larger plumbing systems. Exposure occurs when a mist or air pocket containing the bacteria is breathed in through the lungs, thus making the illness very dangerous for those with weak lungs and elderly individuals. 

The best way to prevent legionella from development in your bathroom or sink is to clean with a disinfectant regularly. Be sure to keep an eye out for the word “disinfectant” when choosing a chemical cleaner to use, as these work the most effectively when killing the bacteria. Also, wiping and scrubbing thoroughly is never a bad idea when cleaning a bathtub, shower, or sink. Also, drain cleaning in bathtubs and sinks that might be full right after use. This will prevent legionella from developing in your bathroom at all. If you have any questions regarding how you can better beat this bacterium, call us!

Our expert level Plumber technicians will be glad to point out any problem areas or give recommendations on hot water heater temperature settings. You can reach Christian Brothers at 623 499 9794.