About a third of all injuries happen at home, and some of the most common ones are preventable. Although most indoor accidents are minor, National Safety Month in June is a prime time to take preventive measures to ensure your home is safe.
While some of the most common causes of home injuries are falls, toxins, drowning and smoke inhalation, believe it or not, plumbing problems can be the culprit of indoor accidents as well – everything from slips to toxins to burns.
In honor of National Safety Month, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing encourages you to run a plumbing safety check to help keep your home safe and in good working condition.
Here are some helpful tips from our plumbers to get you started:
- From a respiratory standpoint, mold can be a serious health issue. Water heaters are one of the main culprits of mold in the home, but mold can start breeding in any damp or humid environment. Check your water heater every six months to ensure it isn't damp or leaking. 
- Leaks can develop in many places around your home and should be addressed immediately to avoid water damage and mold growth. Check for any of the following signs of trouble:
- Soft flooring near toilets, bathtubs, dishwashers, water heaters, etc.
- Dampness inside sink cabinets
- Soft walls or loose tiles that could signal a leak inside a wall
- Pipes with rust or mineral deposits
- Change in water pressure when using two faucets
- Constant dampness around faucets or toilets
- Toilets that keep running after being flushed
- Consider the age of your pipes. Polybutylene pipes (commonly used between 1970s and 1990s) are prone to breakage, which could lead to leaks and ultimately mold.
- Old pipes aren't just an aesthetic issue – they can potentially harbor dangerous substances. Lead pipes (commonly used in the 1900s) should not be used in your home, as they can leach lead into your water. Call one of our plumbers to conduct a regular water quality test to ensure there’s not an unsafe amount of harmful toxins in your drinking water.
- Hot tap water burns are more common than you might think, causing roughly 1,500 hospital admissions and 100 deaths per year! Preventing scald burns from kitchen or bathroom tap water could be as simple as setting your water heater to 120 degrees. Plus, keeping your water heater at a lower setting could help save money on your electric bill as well.
Call a Benjamin Franklin plumber today to learn about our special National Safety Month offers and discover more safety tips and measures you can take to prevent indoor hazards from causing injuries.