Oh no! The water heater has just died, in the midst of your shower, to make matters worse. You want to scream and cry. Why did you opt for that gas unit? The pilot light always seems to go out. Well, you had no choice I imagine. Your stove is probably gas, too. You could switch to a tankless electric unit, but this appliance is not that old.

You get out and run down to the basement to relight the pilot and get things cooking. If you work from home, this is a nuisance that can spoil your valuable train of thought. Nothing stifles creativity more than some mundane chore. If you are a parent, and a mother for example, you simply don’t have time for trivial tasks.

I suggest checking your gas water heater from time to time to make sure everything is in working order. It is not difficult, of course, to light a pilot, unless your basement is dark and dank, maybe full of spiders. But if you have converted it into a play area, you want to be sure the metal menace doesn’t go off half-cocked and spew hot liquid. Get a professional plumber the first time to check all the parts and connections. It should take place immediately upon installation. Of course, you should have a warranty.

I, for one, am pretty focused on my work as a freelancer. Writing was a hobby for me at first and grew into a passion. I love helping diverse clients meet their needs. This blog is dedicated to all who need help with written expression. Today I wanted to challenge myself to write about something ordinary, but critical, for most households: hence the water heater topic.

I thought about doing this after experiencing some hard times with the appliance. I became quite preoccupied with the problem and read many reviews. It is not uncommon so I thought I would share. We all go through little household mishaps. It could be a leaky kitchen faucet, a running toilet, faulty outlets, broken cupboard hinges and countless other annoyances. Plus, think of all the things that can happen outside with your pool or patio grill.

But within the group of possible problems, hot water failure reigns supreme. Nothing worse than being inundated by frigid water at an inopportune time. If you haven’t considered this dire scenario, take my word for it.  Plus, no one wants to wash clothes or dishes in cold water. We depend so much on the little niceties of modern life. When they go kaput, we realize their value.