Unseen Hazards of Plumbing Work

Unseen Hazards of Plumbing Work

As a handyman, we do a-lot of plumbing service work. While most jobs seem very easy and may go well there is always an unseen threat that can linger. I am talking about germs. It is no mystery that your homes plumbing system is very nasty and can breed a whole host of germs and bacteria. These nasty bugs can kill you. I recently had to go to the emergency room when I cut myself working on a plumbing job. I did not think anything about it at the time but after a couple of days a small bump popped up on my little finger. Just where I had cut myself.

After a couple of more days went by, my whole hand started to swell up and I went to the emergency room. I had contracted MRSA a nasty staph infection that can kill you. The worst thing about it, other than the pain and the doctor bills, is that staph and a whole host of germs are everywhere. All it takes is a little scrape or cut and this germ will enter into your body.

Now I am no expert on germs but I do know some basic precautions that you may take when working on your own plumbing.

5 Steps To Take When Working On Your Plumbing

  1. Slow down and take your time. Getting in a hurry will cause you to cut your self.
  2. Wear gloves and long sleeves shirt. Also, wear pants and even safety glasses. The ideal here is to cover your whole body.
  3. Disinfect area before you start working. A 3 dollar can of spray disinfectant will help kill germs that may be on the outside of plumbing fixtures and pipes.
  4. Have a well lighted work area.
  5. Wash hands and arms after you are done working.

While it is impossible to protect you from every possible germ or bug, following the above 5 steps will make you a little more safer.

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