So, the other day I was proud of myself for having successfully emptied the water heater and then re-assembled everything. I spoke too soon.
Upon completing this project, the water heater’s pressure relief valve began to leak, leaving the basement (which gets wet somewhat often when it rains) wet all the time.
Later, our shower faucet began to leak as well.
Today I planned to replace the pressure relief valve. As I was driving around taking Jadzia to school and picking up a part from my dad’s house, the “service engine” light light up in the van.
P.S. I hesitate to speak to soon, but it looks like the pressure relief valve change has been successful. At this moment I am seated at the computer, several feet from the water heater, and there is no dripping. The other problems will have to await fixing another day.
P.P.S. On the bright side, Yoli is trying her first fish fry today, ala Alton Brown.