This ‘n that and some other things, hot water heaters, shut off valves and more.
A few owners in Hibiscus By The Bay have in the recent past have had their hot water heaters fail. The failures are reported to be with the original hot water heaters that were installed when the condos were built in 2005. Given their age, the original install hot water heaters may be at or near the end of their useful life.
A recent email from the Hibiscus By The Bay Association manager, Wendy read as follows,
This e-mail is to inform all owners of an increasing problem we are having with the original Water Heaters that were installed here at Hibiscus. Many of them have reached their life expectancy and are leaking or rupturing.
If you have not replaced the original Water Heater we would like to ask those who live here to keep a close eye on it and those who do not live here to please tun off the water to your unit when leaving. There is a valve above the Water Heater that shuts the water off, Tommy can show you if you are not sure. You will also need to turn off the breaker to the Water Heater.
If your unit is leased please inform your tenants or rental company.
The hot water heaters in the condo units are the responsibility of the unit owner. There are reported to be a few failures. Of those a few have also resulted in a significant water damage to the unit, likely because the shut off valve was not turned off.
What should you do if you have a hot water heater that is the original? The prudent thing might be to have it replaced or replace it yourself. You could do it now or wait until you have a problem…I have found in most cases you are better to head things of before they become a problem. 😉
Important Inside your unit there is a water main shut off valve. These valves are in EVERY unit. If you are going to leave your unit unoccupied for any length of time it would be wise to turn the valve to off and turn the breaker off to the hot water heater as well.
This should be standard operating procedure whenever you leave your unit for any extended period of time. Then if the hot water heater fails, there will only be the water in the tank to deal with, which should flow out of the pan into the drain.
With regard to replacing the hot water heater, we had our 40 gallon replaced with a 50 gallon for $625.00 all in all done. Royal Flush Plumbing did the replacement. They have a flat rate install of $100.00. They are on the Hibiscus Resident Approved Vendors List as a recommended vendor.
Information We are getting some Florida Style, winter like weather that include some cooler temperatures. That means that the AC in your unit will not be running very much which, in some cases, depending on the condo unit occupants lifestyle can result in a higher levels of moisture inside the condo unit. If you think you may be experiencing high levels of moisture in your condo unit you may want to revisit a post I made last year titled Winter Humidity and Your Hibiscus Condo Unit.
Important BoatU.S. published an article recently that I thought some Hibiscus By The Bay boat owners might appreciate. Its titled 4 Steps For Coming Alongside A Dock. Below you’ll find a video courtesy of BoatU.S. that demonstrates the steps 4 steps being put into action.
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Have a VERY merry Christmas one and all!
Mike and Vivian Foate