Since I was in high school, fitness has been an important part of my life. I played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. After graduation, I was fortunate enough to continue playing baseball at college and the physical training was intense. It was always my goal to one day own and operate my own gym. I’ve taken extensive courses in sport science and physical therapy. I’m certified as a personal training and have completed all the necessary first aid courses. The hard part was finding a suitable and affordable location for my gym. I needed the right sized building with plenty of parking. The investment into equipment was substantial. Installing locker rooms with showers, an office area and a commercial heating and cooling system added up quickly. I knew there would be a great deal of ongoing overhead and maintenance. With people coming and going throughout the day and night, a lot of dirt gets tracked in. Weather extremes demand either heating or cooling at all times. The smell of sweat needs to be handled by an effective filtration system. When I finally opened up my fitness center, I didn’t pay enough attention to the importance of the plumbing system. The large number of people passing through the gym puts a lot of demands on the plumbing. Every person utilizes the plumbing system in some way or another. They wash their hands, use the toilet, take showers and take advantage of the drinking fountain. For the first few months of operation, I was spending most of my time combatting clogs and leaks. I can’t have my gym smelling like a septic system or flooding with water. I finally signed up for maintenance program with a professional plumbing company.