When I first moved to Ohio I was broke. I’m talking about box fan in the window to make the room cool because I couldn’t afford to turn on the a/c poor. I was incredibly homesick and saved all my coins to purchase a plane ticket back to my beloved desert. Eventually I did and had a wonderful time visiting with my kin.

When I returned to my east side townhome, the first thing I wanted to do was take a shower after 12+ hours of traveling. Imagine my shock and horror when I turned on the shower and nothing happened. I mean, there was a sput, sputter, as a weak thin steam of water from the faucet, but that was it. I completely freaked out! My water heater was in the basement and I was kinda sorta, all the way scared to descend the stairs to figure out what was going on. To my dismay, it only took one step, or I should say one wade to figure out the problem. There was a mini pond in the basement because the hot water heater, well, it tanked out on me! Several calls and hundreds of dollars later, it was replaced and I was stuck with a high water bill. This was the beginning of my Ohio water woes.

Fast forward several years to me buying my first home. Oh what a wonderful occasion! I enjoyed all two years and three months before my first major flood that filled my house with 3000 gallons of water. Yeah, I’m being so serious. 3K gallons of water virtually destroyed my entire home. The culprit? The valve on the second floor toilet broke while I was at work and the water went on an 8 hour flow party.

Circa 2009 – My first flood

After suffering through another water heater breakdown,  I finally decided enough was enough and I needed to seek some professional water help. Now some may think it’s weird to use commercial plumbing services for residential needs but I’m of a varying opinion. I have found that dealing with companies that have a strong commercial, or business clientele creates a solid professional relationship. Their experience is quite expansive and there is usually no situation they’ve not resolved. Here’s a few things I wish I knew then that I know now as signs that a water issue is lurking around the corner.

  • Your toilet is training for a marathon because it’s always running.
  • Your water bill is higher than usual for three or consecutive months.
  • Your water pressure needs a pair of Spanx.
  • Your supply lines are old enough to drink – during my first major flood, I was told that most people never replace their valves and that they aren’t made to last a lifetime. Unfortunately they are hardly ever replaced until something bad happens.
  • If your ceiling is wet, get it checked!

Do you have any personal tips to share that can save someone from a water disaster? Share it in the comments below! Until next time, I’ll see you around the city soon. <3