If you think that being compelled to retch because of the foul odor was the only issue that arose due to a leaky pipeline, think again. Because there’s a lot in store. Even governments know this.
You’re looking at everything from salmonellosis to melioidosis to hepatitis A to tapeworms and hookworms—all due to one leak in a pipe.
The EPA Agrees
The US EPA—United States Environmental Protection Agency—states that there’s more of a possibility of being infected by a pollutant that’s indoors than outdoors. To get more specific, it’s 2–5 times likelier that a pollutant inside your house will infect you. And one of the reasons for this is ignoring pipe leaks for too long.
The EPA ranks indoor pollutants among the “top five” public health risks in the environment. What’s worse is that the problems that they cause aren’t easily recognizable—and hence, pose a greater risk to your health.
What Signs to Look Out For
There are certain health issues that are caused specifically by mold, fungi, and asbestos growing in your home due to pipe leaks. The final outcome is almost always problems with the respiratory system, and these usually get worse with time.
Watch out if you observe the following symptoms in yourself or in your family members:
- Redness in the eyes and other parts of the body
- Irritation, especially in the throat, skin, and nose
- Respiratory infections
- Trouble breathing
- Coughing, sneezing, allergy-like symptoms
If you’ve observed the aforementioned symptoms and already have a damaged sewer line that you’ve been sitting on, call a local plumber today—before the problem gets worse.
Why This Happens
In most cases—and especially in the case of mold—this happens because people are breathing in and around these areas. Fungi have spores that propagate through the air, and although you can’t see it, the air is usually full of them. When they come in contact with your skin, the problem, of course, worsens.
The effect is far more devastating when you have a family member who already has a respiratory tract infection—such as asthma. And don’t think your home is the only place where you can contract these infections: schools, offices, commercial and corporate spaces are equally vulnerable.
What You Should Do
The only thing enabling mold, asbestos, and other harmful pathogens to grow and thrive in your house is sewer line damage. Water leaking from it and sewage itself facilitates growth. Getting it fixed is your one solution to all your problems: sewer line repair Ventura County, structural damage, and health issues.