Imagine my surprise when I came home from work one freezing cold evening and found water flooding my basement. I ran to turn off the water and then I called the plumber. Even though it was late in the evening, the plumber immediately came to my house and fixed the busted water line. The plumber told me that I could have prevented my water line from freezing and busting if I had winterized the pipes. After researching various methods, I insulated the pipes so they won't freeze again. My name is Joel Hampton and this blog is about the different ways to winterize your plumbing pipes to keep them from freezing. Coming home to a basement filled with water is a nightmare and I hope that after reading the information in my blog, it won't happen to you.
If you are currently considering a career as a plumber, you are probably very curious about the health risks related to the job. After all, you are working with human feces, urine, blood and vomit. All of these human waste products have the ability to contaminate your body with disease and infection. You will learn what equipment to use on the job to protect yourself from infections and contamination, but in the meantime, here are some stark reminders of what can happen if you do not use your protective gear while on the job as a plumber.
Hepatitis A and B Viruses
Both hepatitis A and B are notorious for their long lives and resistance to some toilet bowl cleaners. Carriers of these viruses may not know they have them and can pass them to others through blood, sex and fecal matter. As a plumber, you will undoubtedly come across a nasty toilet bowl or two filled to the brim with feces. Not only does your protective equipment prevent you from contracting these two viruses, but immunizations against them will also help. Just make sure you have the shots and a blood titre before you begin your job.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
More common among infants and toddlers, plumbers can contract HFMD from contact with infected feces. Blisters on the hands which may transfer to the mouth and feet give this virus its familiar name. However, two different viruses, cocksackievirus 16 and enterovirus 71, are the leading causes of the illness.
Also called "yellow fever", this disease springs up wherever there is a lack of adequate and functional plumbing, lack of clean water, and major catastrophes. Toilet bowls that have standing water for more than a few days and are filled with feces and urine are Petri dishes for cholera bacteria.
Marked by flu-like symptoms, you may vomit and/or have several bouts of diarrhea before your body rids itself of the bacteria that caused it. If you are not mindful about washing your hands thoroughly after every service call, you may find yourself at home and sick in bed for a few days. Protective gloves will also prevent you from contracting germs that can cause gastroenteritis, although many plumbers choose to go without.
Weakened Immune Systems Are at Greater Risk
If you already have a weakened immune system, working as a plumber might not be the best career choice for you. You cannot always guarantee your own protection against what might be in someone's toilet bowl or plumbing. Additionally, menstrual blood carries even more risks, and approaching a toilet bowl with this bio-hazard in it can mean the infection of much more serious diseases. Either way, follow all of the necessary precautionary measures that your master plumber teaches you, and maybe even a few he or she does not, to ensure your continued good health.
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