We know a lot of people here in Southwest Florida are still getting estimates for damage their homes got during Hurricane Irma. And a lot of plumbing companies out there are taking advantage, and offering “free” inspections, or low-cost inspections to tell you about damage you may not even know about. Some of these are legitimate inspections and legitimate companies. . . but unfortunately some of them are not. We’ve had several customers ask us to come and do some inspecting to give them a second opinion, and we’ve become privy to some unscrupulous practices by these other companies.
One of the main scams that is showing up, is plumbing companies telling customers that their water heater is about to fail. If you are not familiar with your water heater, you may just believe that assessment, and it could cost you thousands of dollars. Before you spend that money, here are some things you can check out on your own, or you can have us come out and give you a second opinion, and our promise is not to use scare tactics and to tell you the truth about your equipment.
If you decide to check it out yourself, here are some simple tips to find out if your water heater is actually failing and needs replacing:
(NOTE: One reason to install a water filtration system in your home is to curb the amount of mineral build-up in your water heater over the long term, which can extend its life.)
Taking a proactive approach by looking at these five indicators about your water heater may save you thousands of dollars in repairs. If you discover any of the signs above, then the only way to truly know if your water heater can be repaired, or will need to be replaced, is by having a licensed plumber come out to investigate. Give us a call at West Coast Plumbing and Water Treatment, we’d be happy to come look at your water heater for you and even give you a second opinion if you’ve been told your water heater needs replacing, but it doesn’t even show any of these signs of failure.
Brian is a Fort Myers Native and has been in the plumbing field for over 15 years. After learning the trade of plumbing as a young man, he worked for a large reputable plumbing company in Fort Myers for several years as a service plumber. He began his own water treatment company and at that time became, a State Certified, Licensed Plumbing Contractor. West Coast Plumbing has been a successful company for the past several and will be for many years to come.
Brian is originally from England, and has been in the plumbing field for over 10 years. He has been a lead technician with West Coast Plumbing since 2013. Prior to joining our West Coast Plumbing team Brian worked for another reputable plumbing company in the area. He has since earned a spotless reputation within the tri county area with our West Coast Plumbing Customers.
Hugh retired to Florida after owning a plumbing company in England. He has a lifetime of experience and has become an asset to our company. We highly value his experience and look forward to learning from it.
Cody has been a part of the West Coast Plumbing team since 2014 and has developed many skills since. He has become our water treatment specialist & installer, and maintains several commercial accounts. Cody is also a well-rounded plumbing technician, and commercial plumbing installer.
Stephanie has been in the plumbing business since 2003. Previously working for a reputable Fort Myers plumbing company as the new construction assistant manager. Stephanie has been a part of the West Coast Plumbing team since 2011.