Surrounded by the magnificent Canadian outdoors in springtime, the last thing your family needs is to find that the water quality in your cottage had deteriorated over winter—or even worse, to find out about it only when you’ve already fallen sick.
Health Canada warns that unused domestic water systems can contain a variety of not-so-welcome visitors. Because it’s been left alone for so long, there is a big tendency for it to instead become a breeding ground for various waterborne bacteria.
For example, if your wilderness cottage has been visited by wildlife over the winter, or there are flaws in the sewerage system, there may be a risk of a ‘vomiting bug’ infiltrating the water system through fecal waste. Among these would be e-coli, as well as several other germs that could make you and your family very ill.
Legionella, on the other hand, flourishes in domestic systems, and can cause even more serious problems for people with asthma or lung disease. Some of these nasty bugs are hugely infectious, meaning a tiny bit of contamination could make for a very miserable week at the lake.
The good news is that Harris Plumbing specializes in cottage plumbing and can help you deal with this by offering a variety of services aimed at preventing and remedying these issues. These professionals can ensure that you and your family’s health is kept secure through methods that adhere to Health Canada’s prescription of “a multi-barrier approach, including … optimized treatment barriers, and a well-maintained distribution system”.
Of course, it’s not just about water quality. After all this, you’d probably like to make sure your washroom facilities are in good condition when you arrive, too. Plumbing systems, after all, do tend to be connected to each other, so you should make sure that everything remains in tiptop shape.
Seek professionals that include a wide coverage for reliable Aurora and Newmarket plumbing service, ideally at regular schedule throughout the year. This way, you can keep the structural integrity of your cottage, as well as its full functionality, whether in spring time or in winter. Preferably, too, you should get in touch with a firm that can provide emergency service, in case you encounter any unexpected problems in your cottage.
Source: Guidance on Waterborne Bacterial Pathogens, Health Canada, February 2013.