Plumbing Tips That Could Help Us to Prevent the Spread of Diseases

As we continue to struggle in the prevention of the coronavirus, we think it is important to be informed, as no knowledge is enough when we are referring to our safety and health. Bacteria are everywhere in our environment. Some of these bacteria can be harmful to human health and drinking water with disease-causing bacteria, viruses, or parasites can make us sick. The presence of coliform bacteria can indicate there may be harmful pathogens in the water.

What is the role sewage plays in spreading diseases? We are not sure yet, but according to previous investigations, it has been uncovered that we could prevent common diseases from spreading in our homes through plumbing.

Every plumbing fixture in the U.S, like toilets, sinks, bathtubs or floor drains, uses a P-trap in its drainpipe. Ineffective U-trap seals in the drainpipes could trigger an outbreak of any disease. These traps, often called P-traps, are designed to hold water at all times. The water acts as a barrier and prevents insects, foul smells, and, in this case, viruses and bacteria from backing up through the drains.

Here are a few relevant tips:

  • Run a gallon of water through bathroom drains about once a month, since mopping floors clean does not allow enough water to fill the P-trap causing it to dry out.
  • Run a gallon of water at least once a month through lesser-used drains to┬ákeep P-trap seals from drying out.
  • Pour up to a cup of chlorine bleach or other common disinfectants down a drain to kill germs since WHO has determined that they kill most bacteria and viruses, within five minutes. But be sure to later flush the drain with water.
  • Odors that arise from household drains indicate the P-traps are dry and need to be filled with water.
  • Push water through floor drains in bathrooms, basements, garages, and other areas at least once a month to keep the P-traps filled with water and to prevent insects, air, or anything else from passing through pipes.