Close your eyes and meditate about all the numerous plumbing fixtures in your home. There are many so it may take a few moments to formulate a mental picture of all of them. You will visualize your hot water heater that is sitting down in your basement utility room. You may even have a second water heater that was installed by the Roto-Rooter plumber when you had them install your jetted tub.
As you continue meditating, you will visualize all the pipes plumbed into and out of your home. These pipes bring fresh water in and some take the waste out. All those pipes are hooked into fixtures that you probably use every day. This includes the toilets, tubs, shower heads, sinks, your washing machine, the dishwasher, and a host of other fixtures. As you comfortably meditate, make sure that you do not get any negative visual images of those fixtures breaking down or bursting or flooding!
Every homeowner likes to trust that there will never be any problems with the plumbing appliances and fixtures in his home. In fact, when people buy homes, they know it is a good idea to have all those major fixtures checked by a professional to make sure they are in good working order. If they are not, that may be a deciding factor whether they buy the house or not. At least they will make sure they are all replaced by the original owner before signing the mortgage.
What should a homeowner do to prolong the life of his plumbing fixtures?
You have to have a game plan for everything in life. If you don’t, then your days might seem unorganized and disjointed. The same goes for your home’s preventive maintenance routine. If you don’t have one, then you will most likely be completely unaware that your hot water heater is on its last leg and will soon spring a leak or completely stop working.
The idea is to check each fixture on a regular basis and take note of its age, how long it has been since it received a professional check-up, and whether it is doing what it is supposed to do. Buy a clipboard and make a list of all your home’s fixtures. Check each one and then record the date and its condition. If there are any noticeable problems, call your Roto-Rooter plumber immediately to repair or replace it.
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