Before And After Water Heater Flooding

Flooding, like fire, is one of those things that we hope to never have to deal with in our homes. But sometimes, it just isn’t up to us. If you have liquid from an unknown source and you just can’t find the leak, you might want to suspect water heater flooding.

Water heaters provide hot water to your home. Without them, you couldn’t sterilize dishes, take a bath or shower that wasn’t freezing, or wash your face in the winter without feeling like you were in danger of turning into any icicle. Modern systems have leak prevention measures, but like all preventative measures, they don’t work 100% of the time.

One of the preventative measures on newer machines is a leak pan. This goes under the tank, and collects drips from slow to moderate leaks. However, if your system develops a big leak, it may overflow the pan. Since they are also pressurized, you may find that it has sprayed right over the pan.

Because of their locations, slow leaks can go unnoticed for far longer than you would like. The best cure for this problem is prevention– have someone knowledgeable show you what to look for, and inspect your system periodically. This will help you catch leaks before they cause structural damage to your whole home.

If you find yourself experiencing flooding in any part of your home, the first thing you need to do is find out where it is coming from. While your water heater might be the culprit, it could also be a broken pipe in any number of locations. Unless you can see the leak in the system, don’t assume you know where the liquid is coming from, and call a plumber to find out.

If the leak is definitely coming from your water heater, the first thing you should do is turn it off. The machines usually have emergency shut-off valves, and most have instructions near them. If your system is very old, it might lack one or both of these things. In that case, you’ll need a plumber.

Once the leak is contained, you’ll have to either fix or replace your system. Don’t forget about potential flood damage, either. Unless the spill was completely contained by the emergency leak pan, you’ll need to assess the area that it spilled onto. If the leak has been slow but persistent, you might have mold. Consult a flood specialist if you find mold, or have other concerns.

Water heaters have a shelf life, after which, parts can be expected to start failing. This life is typically 6 to 15 years, depending on the model and the specific machine. If your system is older than this, you might consider replacing it before it fails and leaves you to deal with a mess.

Water heater flooding is one of those things that nobody wants to deal with, but sometimes we have to. The internet is a great resource for looking up specialists that can help you with both the immediate problem and the secondary issues. But if you remember your maintenance, hopefully you will never have to use them.

What to Expect Before and After Hip Replacement Surgery

For all orthopedic surgeries, it is important to keep good lines of communication with your doctor, so you know what is happening. The procedure could be the best treatment for you to continue a happy and productive lifestyle. However, knowing what should happen before and after is key to a successful outcome. Education is the best first step to a successful hip replacement surgery.

Before all orthopedic surgeries, it is important to have clearance by your primary care physician. To be certain no issues could prevent a successful operation, a thorough set of tests and evaluations will be performed. Your primary doctor can also provide you with necessary medical records and operating notes from prior surgeries that could help the surgeon. It is wise to make an appointment with someone from the surgical office to help you understand all of the benefits and risks, as well as what you will be expected to do after to help with a speedy recovery. Also, be sure to verify that everything will be covered by your insurance company.

Some orthopedic surgeries require that you give blood donations prior to the operation, in case it is needed. Your surgeon’s office will provide that information, along with a list of medications that you should begin taking or stop taking in order to prepare your body. It is important to give the doctor a complete list of what you are taking, including prescription medications, over the counter options, and vitamins or supplements. All medical professionals involved need as much information as they can get in order to make the best decisions to help you.

Adjustments to make the home a better environment for recovery is also important before orthopedic surgeries. Trip hazards should be dealt with, such as area rugs and electrical cords. Extra furniture should be moved to make room for walking aids. Handrails can be installed in the bathroom and near steps. And all personal items should be placed within easy reach from the bed or chair.

Depending on the type of hip replacement surgery, the doctor will use local or general anesthesia. Sometimes metal, plastic, or ceramic parts are inserted into the thigh bone, replacing the natural ball that creates the pivoting joint there. Often, the hip socket in the pelvic bone is resurfaced, to make it smooth again. Cartilage damage can also be repaired with joint material.

Directly after orthopedic surgeries, you can expect to stay in the hospital until the doctor feels you are ready to leave, which could be a few days, or up to a week. An IV will be used in the beginning, and nausea or constipation is common. Due to being bedridden, a catheter will likely be used, along with a compression pump to help with circulation. After a day or so, you should be able to get out of bed with help. A physical therapist will begin teaching you how to walk and move again. You will learn what types of movements to do, as well as what types to avoid.

Once discharged from the hospital, common sense dictates that a friend or family member be available to take you home. Someone will need to be with you for a while, due to limited mobility and medications. Watch your wound site for redness or drainage and monitor your temperature, to be sure there is no infection. You will likely need help performing basic daily tasks for a period of time. Your physical therapy will continue and pushing yourself to regain flexibility, endurance, and strength is encouraged. Because of a better working joint, most patients experience an improved quality of life.

Before and After Pictures With Fitness Measurements Are Worth A Thousand Words

In a recent article I suggested that you immediately take some pictures and fitness measurements. If you’re not already doing so, I suggest that you start taking these photos and fitness measurements once per week. It’s easy for us not to notice a whole lot of improvement on a week to week basis, but over time these before and after pictures and fitness measurements will tell an amazing story of your progression.

Here’s what you should do each week:

Take front, back and side photos of yourself in your chonies. Be sure to clearly label the dates.
Weigh yourself. (first thing in the morning)
Take body fat measurements. You can purchase a skin fold tester or visit your local gym.
Take measurements – Around your waist, chest, arms, neck and legs(thighs and calves). I like to keep my neck, biceps and calves around the same size.

Since most of us have a scale, measuring tape and a camera, it’s easy to do these things weekly. With that being said, the majority of people aren’t that familiar with body fat measurements. The body fat measurement is damn near your most important measurement.

The scale and the measuring tape only tell part of the story.

If you crash diet and start losing muscle, the scale and the measuring tape are going to encourage you. They’ll tell you that you weigh less and that you’ll be able to slip into smaller clothes. But the problem is, these measurements don’t tell you when you’re actually getting smaller and flabbier.

I’ve mentioned the term “skinny fat” back in an earlier article. People that are “skinny fat” may be smaller than they were before, but they still carry a lot of body fat. You’ve seen them, flabby with no shape, looking like jello.

YOU don’t want to be skinny fat. That’s why you’re on this site. Skinny fat people are not attractive with their clothes off and from I’ve seen, typically unmotivated which is super whack.

Here are the four common ways to measure body fat, along with which ones you want to use and which to avoid…

Avoid the body fat calculator. This is where you enter your height, weight and other measurements into an online calculator. Forget about this, because it’s not accurate.
Avoid the body fat scale. This is like a regular weight scale, except it’s supposed to measure body fat. Just like the calculator, this tends to not be accurate, so I’d avoid it.
Use bodyfat calipers. This is a good, fast option that you can use at home. Just buy a pair of body fat calipers and read the instructions. If you prefer, you can have a professional (such as a fitness trainer or doctor) measure using body fat calipers. Either way is fine, as long as the measurements are done the same way each time.
Use hydrostatic testing. This costs more money, but it is the most accurate way to measure your body fat. For money saving purposes, you may want to do this once now and once later on to check your progress. For in between tests, you can stick with the calipers.

That’s it for this time, I hope you’re pickin up what I’m throwin down. More motivation tips to come!