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Common Causes of a Leaky Toilet

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A leaky toilet is the one thing homeowners fear the most. A leaky toilet is capable of spreading bacteria throughout the bathroom as well as increasing the water bill. A puddle on the floor or the sound of water running constantly is popular signs your toilet is leaking. If you have a leaky toilet and don’t know the cause, consider the most common issues listed below.

  • Cracked Bowl – Carefully inspect the toilet bowl. Search for tiny cracks or chips. If you notice discoloration in the bowl similar to rust stains that are unable to be cleaned or deep cracks, this could be the cause of the leak.
  • Cracked Tank – Every time the toilet gets flushed the tank flows with water. A tank that has a crack in it will leak slowly in the beginning of the situation. However, when the crack in the tank grows larger the tank will leak in large amounts which can cause flooding and water damage to other areas of your home.
  • Rusty Pipes – Pipes are hidden and can become damaged or rusted without you knowing. Over time pipes often become corroded and rusted causing the toilet to leak.
  • Toilet Tank Parts – The parts located in the tank that is responsible for flushing the toilet and filling the tank with water often become damaged, old or rusted. The malfunctioning tank parts can cause the water to run constantly depending on the situation. While this won’t cause your toilet to leak constantly it could lead to the toilet overflowing after flushing. A constant running toilet can increase your water bill fast.

Water damage caused by leaking toilets can take a toll on your finances. The water can affect carpets, rugs, wood flooring, tile flooring, walls, wallpaper, paint and more. If you suspect your toilet is leaking it is highly recommended that you have a professional confirm the cause of the leak.

Sometimes you might think it’s the toilet tank when it is a rusted pipe hidden behind a wall. The main sign of water damage is a musty strong smell of mildew and bacteria growth in the affected area. If you walk into your bathroom and smell this odor, you can be sure you have a water leak and it has already caused issues.

Repairing or replacing toilets or parts is essential to preventing further damage from occurring. Contact a plumber today to help pinpoint the cause and fix the issue immediately.


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Top 3 Tips to Maintaining Your Home’s Plumbing

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Plumbing is the #1 system that is used with the most frequency within the home. It is responsible for providing water for showers, laundry, dishes and drinking water. As a homeowner, you want to be confident that your plumbing is in good working order. Consider the following top three tips to help you maintain your homes plumbing system.

Before you get started with the helpful tips, you will first want to familiarize yourself with the plumbing. Learn where the pipes are hidden and where shut-off valve for your plumbing is located. It is essential that you know this information in case of an emergency. An excellent tip to locating piping is by using stud sensors that you can purchase at your local home repair store.

  1. Maintain the Hot Water Heater – The hot water heater or tank is a key tool to providing hot water to your home. Hot water tanks generally have a life span of about 12 years. If your hot water tank is nearing that age or expired, you should contact a plumber to have a new one installed.
  2. Check for Water Leaks – A small water leak can grow into a huge and expensive problem. It is wise to check for leaks throughout your home on a regular basis. Dripping faucets can be fixed easily with a quick DIY project because most leaks can be repaired quickly by replacing the washer. A convenient way to check for leaks is to gauge the water meter. In the evening when everyone in your household is done showering and using water, check the meter. You will need to write down the number on the meter and inform everyone in the house not to use the water during the night. First thing in the morning before anyone has the chance to use the water, go check the number on the meter again. If the number increases there is a possibility there is a leak within your plumbing system.
  3. Maintain the Drains – Sewage and storm drains need to be cleaned on an annual basis to prevent issues. If sewage and storm drains are neglected the malfunction and damage can become extremely expensive for the homeowner. Some issues often lead to excavation or replacement which causes stress and high costs.

Maintain your home’s plumbing by checking for leaks on a regular basis, plus maintain the hot water heater and drains. It is best to prevent problems from arising instead of hoping they will never happen. Spending just one day without plumbing is almost unbearable for most families. Imagine if a serious issue happens and you are left with no water for days or weeks. Take action today and conduct an inspection or contact a plumber for assistance.


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Toilets: When Is It Time For Replacement?

Is your toilet old or require constant maintenance? Chances are it is time for a replacement. The toilet is used on a daily basis and needs to work in perfect condition. If you find yourself reaching for the plunger often and doing DIY tricks to get your toilet to work properly, you need to consider purchasing a new toilet. Continue reading below to find out the benefits of a new toilet and determine if it is time for a new one.

Benefits of a New Toilet                     

  • Improves the décor and look of your bathroom
  • Less risk of leaks
  • Less risk of clogs
  • Less risk of repairs
  • Reduces water usage
  • Reduces sewer waste and septic flow
  • Improves comfort

What’s that sound?   

Does your toilet make more noise than your television? Constant ticking, trickling, and other noises could be a sign of a serious matter. There are several components to the internal tank. Parts can wear out, become damaged or require replacement. This is generally a quick fix. However, if you find that you are replacing parts on a regular basis, it could be time for a new toilet.

Why is the toilet constantly running?

You or a family member might notice the constant noise from a running toilet. Or, your water bill might reflect the cost of more water use that alerts you to the issue. Usually, a toilet that constantly runs has a damaged or worn flapper. It could also be a sign of a float that isn’t adjusted properly. In this case, this is an easy and affordable fix.

Why won’t the toilet flush?

Almost every homeowner has the sudden moment when the toilet won’t flush. This situation often creates immediate panic in most people. The cause of the situation involves a fill valve adjustment. Generally, the water ratio is not working properly to fully flush or refill the toilet.

Cracks and leaks in the toilet are the main reason most homeowners need to replace their toilet. If you are having issues with leaks and can’t seem to find where it is coming from, inspect the toilet bowl carefully. Look closely for small cracks or evidence of water stains. If this is the case for you, get ready to purchase a new toilet as soon as possible. Contact Mokher Plumbing immediately for further assistance and proper installment of your new toilet.


Mokher Profile PicSince 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