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Harmful Effects Of Drain Blockage To Your Home And Health

Keeping your home clean and well-maintained is a lifelong project. You make sure all surfaces are free from dust and dirt. The floors should be swept, mopped and kept dry and disinfected. The carpets are vacuumed and professionally cleaned regularly. Curtains, pillowcases, rugs and other materials that may attract allergens are changed weekly. Areas prone to moisture such as sinks, counters, kitchen floors and bathrooms are always cleaned and wiped down.

However, these tasks mostly take care of only the superficial places. Sometimes, the real problem can lie deep in the areas not obviously visible to the eye. Since it may be located in a hidden area, you may not be aware of the damage until it’s almost too late. You only find out about it because it has reached severe conditions, done tremendous damage to your property, or worse, caused sickness to you or your family.

One of the hidden problems that may have a significant impact on your home and your health is the problem of drain blockage. Small objects, random debris, grease and other stuff can slowly and gradually accumulate inside the pipes, obstructing the flow of water. If blocked drains are not cleaned and treated immediately, the stagnant water can lead to a number of complications that will affect you and your property.

Blocked drains can cause damage to your home. Stagnant water that has accumulated for a long time will emit a musty odour. This bad smell can go up to the surface and permeate the house with an unpleasant, unhealthy atmosphere. Meanwhile, the water can also leak into the corners and foundations of the house, which may weaken its structural integrity. The moisture may come up the floorboards or walls, leading to water stains, discolouration or warping. Left too long, the area may even become prone to flooding. Moreover, stagnant water attracts mosquitoes, pests and other insects that may carry germs and diseases. It will also make the area prone to bacteria, mould and mildew.

As a wise homeowner, you wouldn’t wait for these things to happen. If you suspect that one of your drains may be blocked, contact a plumbing specialist immediately. A reliable plumber will be able to apply practical, cost-efficient and long-term solutions that will repair your drains and protect your home and your health effectively.