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Important Facts About Water Heater Repair

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The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home. This one appliance allows your entire family the luxury of taking warm showers on a daily basis. It also provides hot water to clean your laundry and dishes. The water heater gets plenty of use and there will come a time when it will need to be replaced or repaired. The decision should be made carefully.

Leaks        

If your hot water heater is leaking check the source of the leak. There are hot and cold water pipes that are attached to the water heater. Check to see if there are signs of water dripping from the attachment area. If so, this could be a simple fix and replacement of the entire water heater is not required. However, if the water is leaking due to rust on the bottom or around the water heater, replacement is necessary.

Age

How old is your water heater? Most water heaters last many years. Generally, if the water heater is more than eight years old you should replace it. Mostly because the amount it will cost to repair it will exceed the amount of purchasing a new one.

Repairs

There are many components to a water heater. If your water heater is only a few years old, repairing it is most likely the best option. Check the warranty details to see if parts are covered. This will help save money on the repairs. Generally, if new parts are covered under the warranty, you will only have to pay for the labor costs and taxes if applicable.

Professional Help

The water heater can be dangerous if not handled properly. This is not a DIY quick fix project. You should contact a professional for further assistance. The technician will advise you if you have the option to repair or replace the water heater. Listening to the advice of a professional can save you time and money in the long run.

For example, if you choose to repair a water heater that is not under warranty any longer you will have an expensive repair bill. These repairs might only last a few months or one year. You will eventually have to purchase a new water heater in the future. This means you will have to pay for the repairs and later for a new water heater. The cost is like paying double or more.

If your plumber advises you to purchase a new water heater, take their advice. They are looking out for your best interest. As soon as you observe any signs of trouble with your current water heater contact Mokher Plumbing to learn more about your options.


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Prepare Your Pool for the Winter

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South Florida is not known for freezing winter weather. It’s actually the one location people that live in the north flock to during the winter season. Miami is famous for its fabulous weather, palm trees, beaches and good food. Residents of South Florida realize how lucky they are to live in a fantastic location. The secret some snowbirds don’t know is that cool weather arrives in South Florida too.

Homeowners that have a pool are well aware of the cooler weather and the effects it causes to the area. Trees lose leaves and gusts of wind push leaves, twigs and debris into the pool. There are a variety of things you can do during the winter season that will keep your pool safe and clean.

  • Invest in a Cover – A pool cover protects debris from going into the water. This is one of the easiest ways to protect your pool.
  • Clean the Water – If cleaning your pool is a favorite hobby that helps you relax, you can choose to clean it manually. Use a large net or device specifically made to clean pools. Some pool owners take pride in their cleaning skills and actually make it part of their daily or weekly schedule.
  • Adjust the pH Level – Speak to your pool service regarding the pH level for the season. Some pools require adjustments while others might not. A professional pool service technician will determine the best option for your specific type of pool.
  • Remove Accessories – You most likely have a variety of pool accessories, floats, toys and other items. Remove these items from the pool after use. Allowing items to remain in the water increases the risk of bacteria growth on the object. It also increases your risk to exposure and direct skin contact with the bacteria which can cause skin and health issues.

Cool weather in South Florida usually keeps everyone out of the pool. Although the cold weather might only last a few weeks, it’s still important to maintain the condition of your pool. Ignoring your pool for just a few weeks can cause bacteria buildup and unhealthy conditions.

Allowing debris to fall into the water and deteriorate can cause the pH levels to change. Investing in a pool cover will prevent you from having to go outside to clean your pool. Regular pool maintenance is recommended all year to prevent serious issues and problems with your pool.


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

Quick Guide to Finding Water Leaks

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Is your water bill higher than ever? Homeowners stress out when they realize their water bill has increased significantly without warning. There are a variety of reasons that can cause a high water bill, such as increased pricing from the water company. However, a large hike in your water bill can be a sign of a water leak. Find out if you have a water leak on your property by following the suggestions below.

  • Check the Yard – The first place you should check is outdoors in your yard. Walk around your yard looking for puddles of water or moist soil or grass in a specific area. Sometimes the leak can come from the pipes underneath the ground. Check each sprinkler head to see if water is consistently leaking from any of them. This is a sign the sprinkler system needs to be fixed. If you have a swimming pool it is important to check for leaks near the pump area.
  • Check the Hot Water Tank Pressure Relief Valve – Locate your hot water heater and find the pressure relief valve. Listen for a hissing sound or visual signs of a water leak. A strong smell and visual signs of mold are an indication there is a water leak nearby.
  • Check the Toilets – Listen carefully for the sound of running water or hissing. Remove the top of the back of the tank and place a few drops of food coloring into the tank. Try to use a dark color like blue or green. Don’t flush or use the toilet for 10 minutes. Check the water in the toilet bowl to see if the food coloring is visible. This will prove you have a leak in the flapper at the bottom of the tank.
  • Check the Shower Heads and Faucets – Carefully inspect the sink faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms. If there are noticeable drops or rust, this is a sign of a water leak. Also, check the shower heads for the same signs. Sometimes this is an easy fix that can be solved with a quick DIY project.

Water leaks generally start out small. Keep a good eye on your water bill to see if it is consistently rising over a period of time. Check for leaks in various areas of your house and yard on a regular basis. Fixing leaks immediately are essential to saving money. Do you have water leaks in your home? Contact a plumber and start saving money 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