As the economy has taken a marked downturn over the last two years, Americans have commented on how many of life’s small pleasures they may have taken for granted in the past. No doubt one of the most appreciated pleasures is a hot shower–a daily treat most of us couldn’t dream of going without.
We love our hot water, but few of us stop to think about our hot water heaters and in what shape they might be. Turns out that many plumbers, including the Moon Valley team, have learned to “retro-fit” old units in order to extend their useful lives. If your water heater is six years old–or older–it’s time for a quick checkup.
So, what can you do to check on things and bump up your water heater health? First, call the plumber! Don’t try too much water heater maintenance on your own–especially the first time. A member of the Moon Valley Plumbing team will come to your home for a tutorial that will set you up for an extended life on this most crucial of appliances.
He will make sure you have a tank with an easily accessible, functioning anode rod, little or no sediment, and a functioning temperature/pressure relief valve. It should be 18 inches off the floor where it won’t ignite fumes. Fires are a very real concern as water and electricity don’t make good bed mates, and a good plumber can prevent a number of household disasters and train you to avoid mishaps.
Your Moon Valley plumber will further ensure safety by making sure your water heater is sitting on a drain pan so that if anything does leak, it won’t flood your home–and he’ll ensure that the pan has a drain line that goes somewhere safe. Finally, he’ll check to make sure the plumbing around it is in good shape and that water isn’t dripping onto it from overhead pipes.
In essence, compared to every other season of history, we live like kings. And one of our grandest luxuries as kings – even in a down economy–is our enjoyment of almost-instant hot water. So let’s keep the bliss rolling with a healthy heater!