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Why is the Toilet Running Constantly?  

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Do you hear that? It’s the sound of water running constantly. Homeowners often experience this situation while standing in their bathroom and suddenly realizing there is the sound of water flowing. At first, it might not sound like a big deal. But, when you receive your water bill, that small sound of running water suddenly causes you to empty your wallet to pay your bill. The following are a few common reasons toilets run constantly.  

First, you need to carefully remove the toilet tank lid from your toilet and place it gently on a flat surface. Then take a look inside the toilet tank to see if you notice any of the following issues.  

  • Issues with the rubber flap– This issue is often the most noticeable. The chain is attached to the part that controls the water flow from the tank into the bowl. The rubber flap should fit flat at the bottom of the tank. If you notice the rubber flap off balance or damaged, this is the cause of the water constantly flowing. Luckily, this issue is easy to fix by installing a new rubber flap and attaching the chain to it properly. It’s a simple DIY task, but if you prefer not to submerge your arms in the toilet tank water, it’s recommended to contact a plumber for further assistance.  
  • Broken chain – Before you decide to blame the rubber flap for the running water, take a good look at the chain attached to it. Sometimes this chain is so old it gets rusted and often falls apart. Other times it is just a simple tangle in the chain that can be easily fixed within minutes. Careful inspection of the chain will allow you to determine if it’s the cause of the running water.  
  • The plastic balloon – Take a look at the round or oval-shaped plastic balloon inside the toilet tank. Does it have holes? Is it old? There are times when a plastic balloon becomes overused and damaged. If the balloon has a tiny hole it will not do its job properly. A replacement part will be required to fix the situation.  

Once you have carefully inspected the parts in the toilet tank you should be able to determine the cause of the running water. However, if you observe that all the parts are in good shape and working properly there can be a serious issue that requires the assistance of a professional plumber. Give us a call today to set up an appointment. Our friendly professional staff is waiting to help you with your plumbing needs. 

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