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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.


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

The Truth About Hard Water

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Homeowners across the United States are confronted with hard water on a daily basis. You might be asking, “What is hard water?” It is water that has high levels of mineral concentration such as magnesium and calcium. This is usually found in tap water in various regions throughout America. You might think someone is doing this to the water, but it is actually a natural phenomenon.

Water, especially tap water, is created as the water filters through the underground layers of mineral deposits in limestone. The particles collect and mix into the water. A collection of an excessive amount of minerals causes hard water. You might be drinking and showering in hard water without even realizing it.

Don’t Panic                                                                                          

At this moment you are probably thinking if you tasted hard water you would immediately spit it out. There’s a possibility you and your family might actually prefer the taste of the water. Remember, hard water contains minerals such as magnesium and calcium. These two items are actually recommended for daily consumption and to help maintain a healthy way of life. In addition, hard water is known for its low sodium content. This is good news for those with high blood pressure and for those that require a low sodium diet.

The Truth

How do you know if you have hard water? It’s easy to notice. Hard water leaves a white film on glasses and other items. It might be embarrassing when company arrives, but it is harmless. Another sign that you have hard water in your home is that your laundry looks dirty even though it’s clean and your clothes feel hard and scratchy.

While white film on drinking glasses and dirty looking laundry isn’t harmful, it’s another story for the plumbing. The film that appears on your glasses is also left behind in the water pipes located throughout your home. The hard water film will accumulate in the fixtures, pipes, and appliances that use water such as the dishwasher.

In addition to having a negative effect on your dishwasher and pipes, it also causes your hot water heater to work harder. The film creates a layer of insulation inside of the hot water heater which causes the heater to work double in order to maintain the same temperature. The hard water damage causes homeowners to have appliances maintained more often than if the home had soft water.

The film caused by hard water might not be harmful to your health, but it is harmful to your pipes. The minerals will build up over time causing issues with water pressure and flow. As the minerals build up within the pipes it creates an excellent breeding ground for bacteria to grow. The bacteria growth comes into contact with the tap water and can cause you and your family illness and health problems.

After learning the truth about hard water in your home, you might feel anxious and helpless. Don’t worry, you have the power to change it and protect your home and family from the negative effects of hard water. To make a change you can invest in a water softening system for your home. There is various water softening systems available. Take action today and protect your family from hard water by contacting Mokher Plumbing for assistance.


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