Health Risks of Unhealthy Drains

Blocked drains are a figurative pain in the neck. However, they can literally cause you plenty of real physical pain if you don’t handle your clogs as soon as possible. Unhealthy drains can mean unhealthy people as well as useless fixtures, water damage and flooding. So, here are all the health issues you’re risking with your blocked drains.


This disease is especially dangerous to our most vulnerable—our precious kids. According to research, kids are more prone to getting infected with typhoid, which is why you should pay special attention to adequate sewage disposal and clean and functioning drains. Typhoid causes serious rashes all over chest and stomach, headaches, constipation and throat issues. The use of inadequate sewage disposal is one of the main causes of this disease around the world.

Peptic Ulcer Disease

One of the most common bacteria found in drains and sewage is Helicobacter pylori. This little devil can wreak havoc in your stomach, especially when it goes untreated for a longer period of time. In that case, it can even cause peptic ulcer disease in which sores develop in the stomach lining or small intestine. Strong abdominal pain, blood in stool, dizziness and heavy breathing are all the symptoms of this disease and none are pleasant. So, make sure to always keep your drains clean and keep your food away from the sink and toilets.


When campylobacter from infected human waste or contaminated water comes in contact with the body, it can cause campylobacteriosis. This disease is characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, nausea and fatigue. The most common causes around the world are drinking contaminated water as well as inadequate sewage disposal. The best thing you can do for your health is to provide your household with efficient plumbing systems that will allow you to practice save waste disposal. If you notice any plumbing issues such as blocked toilet, make sure to handle it in the fastest time possible. Oftentimes, the problem can be DIY-ed and solved in no time, but if the blockage persists, you might need to contact experts.

Legionnaires’ disease

This severe form of pneumonia (lung inflammation) is usually caused by the bacterium named legionella. Legionella survives in the soil, air conditioners, mist sprayers, but it can also survive in your home plumbing system. If the water in your pipes is stagnant due to a blockage, it can become contaminated. Next time you come in contact with water with legionella, you might be in risk of catching the disease, especially if you’re a smoker, have a weakened immune system or older than 50. This disease causes severe symptoms like chest pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever and mental confusion. So, test your water and your ventilation and make sure to keep them clean and functional!

Allergies and asthma issuesAllergies and asthma issues

Blocked drains that are accompanied by odors can trigger allergy and asthma in sufferers and make living in the house unbearable. The water that accumulates for too long can leave a musky smell that can be quite triggering, plus it can cause all kinds of molds and mildew. Breaking the clog will not only allow affected house members to breathe easily, but also make your home a more pleasant place for everyone. You don’t have to hide your embarrassment anymore when guests come to use the bathroom and get showered by unpleasant smells.

Skin irritation

Those people who often have to come in contact with dirty water around blocked drains often report skin irritation or their existing skin issues to worsen. However, keeping your drains working like clockwork will not require you to touch any contaminated water.

Most blockages can be solved in less than half an hour with only a few tools and chemicals. Even if your clog persists, there are experts that will rid you of the problem and ensure your pipes and drains are healthy, just like you!

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