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Is Water Heater Repair the Right Investment?

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As a homeowner, you know the water heater is essential to providing your family with warm water for showers, washing dishes, doing laundry and more. Once the water heater produces only cold water the entire family suffers and complains. Some homeowners choose to replace their water heater while others prefer to repair it. Find out below if water heater repair is the right investment for you.

Is repair an option?

Generally, if your water heater is over 5 years old you should seriously consider replacing it. A leak in the storage tank will immediately eliminate the options for repair. To prolong the life of your water heater you should have it flushed by a professional on a regular. This procedure helps remove sediment that helps cause corrosion of water heaters.

Is repairing the water heater the right investment?

Water heaters have a lifespan of a certain amount of years. Electric water heaters generally last up to 15 years and gas heaters last up to 10 years. Since water heaters have a variety of parts that are replaceable it allows most water heaters to reach their maximum use and lifespan.

If you have a water heater that is about seven years old that requires a replacement part, it will be worth the investment because it will prevent you from replacing the unit before the lifespan has expired. Discussing the condition of the water heater with a professional plumber is recommended. Sometimes the water heater appears to be perfect on the outside, but it having issues in hidden area.

Working with your budget

Homeowners are often surprised when the water heater suddenly has problems. Some homeowners choose to immediately replace the unit before having it inspected. Usually immediate replacement is a good decision if the heater is nearing its expiration date. However, younger water heaters often benefit highly from repairs. Choosing to repair a part of the water heater is also less expensive than replacement. Repair can also provide the homeowner time to prepare for the full cost of replacement.

If you still are not sure if water heater repair is the right investment for you, contact a plumber immediately for further assistance. The plumber will inspect the unit and provide you with valuable information. You will learn the cause of the problem as well as your options. Thinking long term is recommended when making your final decision whether to repair or replace the water heater.


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Plumbing Problems You Should Not Ignore

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Homeowners that encounter plumbing problems often become overwhelmed with the situation. Small common issues are easy to fix with a quick DIY project or a quick call to the plumber. However, more serious issues can lead to extensive repairs and damage to your home. Some homeowners might put off fixing a small leak until it becomes a big problem. Below is a list of plumbing problems homeowners shouldn’t ignore.

  • Faulty Garbage Disposal – Not using your garbage disposal for a few days until you can fix it might sound like a good idea. But as the days go forward you will notice smelly odors and a blocked drain. Bacteria can quickly grow on food particles and could cause harm to your health if inhaled.
  • Expired Hot Water Heater – Hot water heaters often have an expiration date. It is recommended that you get it replaced before time runs out. Otherwise, you and your family will be forced to endure cold showers until the old or damaged hot water heater has been replaced.
  • Constant Running Toilet – The noise you hear when you enter the bathroom that sounds like water constantly running could grow into a larger problem. This is usually caused by a damaged or broken chain, float or valve. Sometimes it could be the result of something more serious that only a plumber is able to verify.
  • Leaky Water Heater – At first you might not notice a leaky water heater since it is often hidden behind a closet door. It is recommended to check the condition of your water heater on a regular basis to assure it is not leaking. This is especially recommended for water heaters more than five years old. Check the components, sides, floor and surrounding area for water leaks and damage. A small leak today can turn into a large flood in a few weeks.
  • Dripping Faucets – Your bathroom or kitchen faucets might have an annoying dripping sound that drives you crazy. This problem is often repairable with a DIY project. However, in some cases when homeowners have neglected to fix the issue it has grown into a larger problem, including an expensive water bill.

Keep in mind small plumbing issues often become larger problems down the road. It is best to repair or replace items throughout your home at the first sign of problems. It will save you money and time in the long run. Ignoring plumbing issues does not only lead to expensive repairs, it also can damage other areas of your home. Take action today and call a plumber to fix the issues in your home today!


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

How to Tell If You Have Hard Water

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Do you have hard water? This is a question many homeowners have a difficult time answering. Hard water is caused by minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, and aluminum. Hard water can lead to damaged pipes, unsuitable drinking water, and unusable shower water. Look for the following signs to find out if you have hard water in your home.

  • Unusual Tasting Water – One of the most obvious and common signs of hard water is bad tasting water. If your tap drinking water smells or tastes sour, sulfuric or metallic you have hard water. Most homeowners panic when they realize their drinking water is actually hard water. There is no need to worry because most of the minerals found in hard water are actually beneficial to your health.
  • Dry Skin – If you and your family are experiencing unusual dry skin it can be caused by the soapy film hard water leaves behind. Dry skin is an ailment many people suffer with throughout the year. If your dermatologist isn’t able to pinpoint a specific cause, you should confirm whether you have hard water or not.
  • Spotty Dishes – You might spend plenty of money on the best dishwasher detergent available, but hard water will still leave your dishes looking spotty, streaky and chalky. The hard water used during the rinse cycle is often the culprit for causing traces of leftover soap residue to spot and create white streaks.
  • Laundry Issues – Do your clothes feel hard and scratchy? While fabric softener often helps reduce the stiffness, hard water still causes plenty of issues. The most common problems hard water causes with laundry are dulling bright colors and not fully washing detergent out of clothes.
  • Damage to Appliances – Appliances such as washing machines, refrigerator ice makers, dishwashers and hot water heaters are at risk of hard water damage. Mineral deposits from hard water are capable of building up on everything it touches. It also is known for ruining appliances.

Now that you know the signs of hard water, it’s time to inspect your home. Carefully go around your home looking for the signs listed above. If you find that you have hard water contact a plumber for further assistance. There are a variety of options you can choose from to help reduce the damage of hard water. It is also important to replace damaged appliances as soon as possible.


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