How a Plumbing System Affects Your Health

Did you know that a critical aspect of public health is plumbing? And that it’s one many people seem to forget about in the fight on diseases, viruses and pandemics?

Today at Superior Plumbing, we’ll be looking at the importance of a well-maintained plumbing system when it comes to your health.

Interested? Read more from the plumber Melville specialists for more.


The relationship between plumbing and health


Centuries ago, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and other water-borne diseases claimed the lives of many due to inadequate plumbing design and practices.

Thankfully in many parts of the world today, improvements in plumbing, sanitation and waste management has mostly eradicated the common outbreak of earlier times.

However, this doesn’t mean water contamination cannot happen in modern cities.

Here’s how poor plumbing can get you sick:

  • Wastewater bacteria contaminating clean water due to backpressure or back-siphoning

This is when there’s an imbalance in pressure and downstream wastewater is forced back up into your clean water supply.

  • Mould from ignored leaks

Mould can grow in roofs, bathrooms, kitchens, gutters and other areas from unnoticed or unfixed leaks. The health problems that may ensue could be anything from a runny nose and headache to asthma attacks, sinus and respiratory issues.

  • High water acidity

Acidic water can very well corrode plumbing fixtures made of copper, lead or zinc. It can also lead to stained laundry, blue/green stains in bathtubs, sinks and drains, and a metallic or sour tap water taste.

Over time, serious health issues may present themselves like liver or kidney damage, gastrointestinal disorders and a greater risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes.

  • Negligent plumbing installation or maintenance

Defective valves, air gaps, vacuum breakers or other areas in your plumbing may lead to poor functioning that affects your health. Be sure to contact a plumber Melville professional to identify, treat and solve your plumbing issues.

  • Lead pipe leakage

More studies are being done on the toxicity of lead to humans. Ask your plumber Perth team to check your pipes, fittings and fixtures to ensure no lead is seeping into your drinking water.


What can you do?


Safety should always be a priority for yourself, your loved ones and within the home.

Our team of plumber Perth experts have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts to ensure the health of your plumbing system and your own health and safety.


  • Flush anything except bodily excrements down the toilet,
  • Pour grime and grease down the sink,
  • Ignore leaks, and
  • Puncture your pipes in a DIY home reno!


  • Check for leaks,
  • Clean sinks and toilets with a mild cleaner,
  • Clear slow drains – for help with this contact your blocked drains Perth specialist, and
  • Check all your appliances that utilise water regularly.

For help with all this and more, you need a plumber Melville team you can count on.


The plumber Perth team you need


Superior Plumbing are here to keep your plumbing healthy, to ensure you remain healthy, too.

For blocked drains Perth, plumbing emergencies and maintenance, we offer free up-front and fixed price quotes, so there’s no nasty surprises.


Need help with blocked drains Perth or other plumbing problems?

Contact Superior Plumbing today for the plumber Perth professionals you need to get the job done.