The ability of plumbing and sanitation systems to deliver clean water and remove waste has protected populations from communicable disease throughout history. There is acknowledgement from many within the public health community that clean, drinkable water has likely protected more lives and extended life expectancy more than any medical advancement. Plumbing advancements continue to protect lives in developing nations. Please do not take your plumbing system for granted. If you think you have a problem with your plumbing please have it checked as soon as possible to prevent health issues as well as damage to your home.