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Save Money: Get Your Water Heater Checked


Water heaters can drive up your electric bill quicker than you think. The water heater is often hidden behind closed doors in most homes in South Florida. In fact, most people don’t even remember they have one because they have a long lifetime. The truth is, your water heater can be responsible for your high electric bills. If this is the case for you, consider the following information.

  • The Temperature – The main cause of high electric bills is the temperature setting on the water heater. It might be nice to take a scolding hot shower, but is it worth the money at the end of the month. You might take a 10-minute shower and think you are keeping your electric bill low. But, the water heater actually works all day to keep the water hot. This happens so when you are ready to use it, the temperature is available immediately. You can save money by lowering the temperature on the water heater.
  • Leaks – Check the water heater on a regular basis for rust and leaks. If you see any type of water leaking around the water heater you can be sure there is a leak. This means there also can be rust present. A leaky water heater will always get worse. Sometimes the leak can become so severe that it floods the entire house. This often ruins carpeting, flooring, and furniture. Many homeowners have been overwhelmed with the high expense of replacing flooring and furniture.

Don’t Neglect a Leak

Homeowners that have a leaky water heater sometimes postpone solving the problem until a later date. The common thinking behind this usually comes from the thought process of “the leak is small, so I have time.” While it’s true you might have a few days or even a week to solve the problem, it often becomes forgotten about. This means a small issue such as a replacement turns into an expensive cost that negatively affects your budget.

Another common scenario is when homeowners don’t realize the water heater is leaking. This often begins with a small section of the carpet near the area feeling damp or wet. Most homeowners will assume a family member walked on the carpet with wet shoes or someone spilled a drink on the carpet. It isn’t until days later when the carpet is soaked with water that the homeowner realizes it could be coming from the water heater. To prevent this from happening and to save money, you should contact a plumber today!


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What To Do About a Noisy Faucet

Modern faucet with chrome or stainless steel finishing

Modern faucet with chrome or stainless steel finishing

Screech! What is that piercing noise? Is it coming from a faucet in your home? This common complaint is something homeowners have to deal with at some point. Noisy faucets can become bothersome to most families. Imagine having a conversation in the kitchen while you are doing the dishes and you can’t carry on a conversation with someone standing next to you. You can take control of the situation today by following the steps below.

  • Check the Aerator – Mineral deposits in the aerator is a common cause for a noisy faucet. To check the aerator, just unscrew it and run the faucet. Listen carefully while the faucet is running, if you don’t hear the loud noise anymore, it’s the aerator. You can fix problems by cleaning the aerator and re-attaching it to the faucet.
  • Invest in New Washers – Old washers are often the reason for noisy faucets. To replace washers, turn off the water supply first. Take the faucet apart, replace the washers then re-attach the faucet.
  • Check the Water Pressure – Sometimes high water pressure can cause loud noise in your faucet. You can test your residential plumbing pressure with a gauge found at your local hardware store. If the results of the test read over 80 psi, this is too high. You can have a pressure regulator installed on the main water line to help lessen the noise.
  • Replace Plumbing – If you have an older home, the pipes might be blocked due to debris which causes difficulty for water to get through. Sometimes the old pipes are also just too small. If this is your situation, you should contact a licensed plumber for further assistance.

Depending on your comfort level as a DIY homeowner, you might be able to handle the tasks above by yourself. However, if you are concerned or afraid you should always contact a professional plumber for further assistance. Sometimes the item you think is causing the noise could be something entirely different. It’s best to allow a professional to pinpoint the problem and provide suggestions for repair or replacement.

If the situation is as easy as replacing a washer on the faucet, you can always ask a neighbor or family member to assist you. Once you learn how to do it, the process is easier for you to do the next time the problem occurs. Take care of your noisy faucet today and begin enjoying having conversations in your kitchen again without all the loud noise.


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Since 1968, Chip Mokher & his team has provided South Florida with quality service with a commitment to our customers’ satisfaction. Our many years of experience has allowed us to serve thousands of homes and businesses in Miami-Dade County. We welcome the opportunity to serve you, please call us at 305-446-8266 or email us at chip@mokherplumbing.com

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