It’s absolutely vital to your health, but almost completely invisible. The circulatory system is your personal plumbing system, made up of veins, arteries and blood vessels that transport oxygenated blood throughout your body. Did you know that each of us has about 60,000 miles of blood vessels?
Our body’s interior plumbing might be far more complex than what we find in our homes. On the other hand, we circulate only about five to six quarts of blood through ours – while the average home might “circulate” up to 400 gallons of water a day.
One thing’s for sure. Problems with either of these plumbing systems can cause serious problems. The cause of these problems often remains hidden from us, which is why it’s important to pay attention to subtle signs of trouble, and to get regular checkups.
Which begs the question…when was the last time you had a professional inspection of your home’s plumbing? High blood pressure is often called the “silent killer” because most of the time there are no obvious symptoms to indicate a problem.
Nobody expects you to be an expert
Few of us can match the level of knowledge a plumber has about the system hidden behind walls and floors in our home – or that a physician has about the one beneath the skin in our body. We’re not expected to be experts, but we should make it a point to know some basics.
There are ways to keep both systems working well in between annual checkups. It’s up to you to put forth the effort to learn how. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to contribute to the ongoing good health of your home’s plumbing system. Some of it starts with preventative steps.
For example, did you know that your home in Florida requires a working backflow prevention device? It protects you and your family by preventing unsafe water from flowing back into your pipes and contaminating the water supply.
Just as poor circulation caused by clogged arteries contributes to poor health, weak or low water pressure caused by mineral deposits will dramatically decrease the life expectancy of appliances and fixtures in your home.
Knowledge is power
Having a general understanding of what can cause problems with your home plumbing system makes dollars and sense. So, what should you know? Take our quiz and find out!