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COVID-19, Toilet Paper & Sewer

March 15, 2020

On March 11, World Plumbing Day, the WHO announced the outbreak COVID-19 as a pandemic. Some of the 10 worst pandemics in history such as cholera, bubonic plague, smallpox, and influenza, were some of the most brutal killers in human history. With that said, by any means, it is not implied to scare anyone. If anything we should not be scared, nor panic in any way. Today it is COVID-19 in 20 years it may be something else.

With over 2,000 humans have been infected in the United States of America and it is growing fast. How do you protect yourself? Yes, you have seen and heard that washing your hands with soap and water is the most effective way to kill the virus on your hands. These recommendations however have been made since the existence of time. We all know that, right?

Toilet paper??? Should you have enough? For how long? Will it help the spread of COVID-19? Of course not, it is only going to cause more problems if you use them the way you buy them.

With schools cancelled, kids coming come from colleges/university, parents having to stay home to work the sewer line will be working at it’s capacity as we all quarantine at home. When a sewer blockage occurs the sewage water can back up into your basement, beneath crawl spaces, or underneath the landscaping of your home. This smelly nuisance can cause major water damage and a huge biological hazard for you and your family and could potentially burden your family with a very expensive repairs.

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officals have warned us of the potential risk that it is likely that the COVID-19 can indeed spread through building sanitary drainage systems. Although we all know that sewage sanitary has always have the risk of many virus exposure, however now with the COVID-19 being a pandemic we have to all be more cautious.

Here is a list of things you can do do prevent transmission and stay healthy and prevent a major sewage disaster.

1. If you have not had your sewer line rodded in the past 1-2 years, get that done.

2. If your toilets and drains are not draining, or draining slow, get your sewer line videoscoped by a licensed professional plumber to inspect your sewer line.

3. To flush toilet paper or not? It is recommended to always flush your toilet paper if your sewer line has recently been rodded. If you suspect any problems and you are unable to flush your toilet paper please ensure you dispose the toilet paper immediately to avoid transmission.

4. Make sure your toilet is properly working. Sometimes it’s not the sewer, but it is the ineffectiveness of your toilets.

5. Call your local licensed plumber to inspect the sewage system if you have any doubt or concerns with your sewer line and usage. Get your toilets inspected and repaired.

As always, use common sense, but in today’s pandemic situation please use extra precaution with everything.

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