How Has Plumbing Impacted Your Health?

March 16, 2020

It’s something we don’t often think about. Running water and flushing toilets are basic necessities for most of the Western world. But modern plumbing is about more than taking care of bathroom needs discreetly. Functional bathrooms play a huge role in global health and disease prevention. Here’s how your bathroom keeps you safe.

The Dangers of Water Contamination

While water is an abundant resource, clean and safe drinking water is another story. Globally, at least 2 billion people drink from a contaminated water source, which leads to approximately 500,000 deaths per year. These deaths are from diseases like cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and other conditions that have been largely eradicated in the Western world.

How Plumbing Prevents Diseases

Fecal contamination (from both human and animal waste) is the main way that water sources get contaminated. Plumbing prevents diseases from spreading because it ensures that humans do not come into direct contact with fecal matter as their waste is flushed. In places without plumbing, humans have to dispose of their waste themselves, which leads to contamination. They also come into contact with contaminated drinking water if they lack modern water supply and have to rely on ponds and streams where animals congregate.

Plumbing in Cypress

In the US, most of us are fortunate enough to have access to quality plumbing, and regular pipe maintenance will help your plumbing to do its job properly for years to come. For a professional pipe inspection, call Show Plumbing at 281-860-2000.