Continental Management recently contacted our office about one of the properties they manage on South Beach. Many of the water heaters installed ,when the property was built about 20 years ago, are beginning to deteriorate and leak. This is a big concern in condos because a leak in one unit can and usually will impact other Owners as well as hallways and other common elements. We visited the site and walked the property with the building engineer in order to understand the configuration and the hot water demands of each typical unit. Once we had good information in hand we contacted the Rheem Area Representative and discussed the water heater options available to Sunset Harbour South for both tank and tankless water heaters. We prepared a comprehensive proposal based on the hot water demands/number of bathrooms and type of fixtures for each of the typical units. In the case of owners that want to convert to tankless water heaters, we have a joint venture with a respected electrician to make the necessary upgrades to the electrical panels to meet the electrical needs of the tankless heater. As part of our proposal, we have offered to meet with the unit owners for an information session where we will provide the Rheem water heater specifications and explain the process of the new installation.
We compliment Continental Management for their pro active approach to addressing their leaking water heaters and thank Sunset Harbour South Towers for the trust and opportunity extended to Empire Plumbing .
If you are a condo owner, it is critical that you stay vigilant to the integrity of your hot water heater tank in order to make replacement decisions before you end up with a water leak that will flood your downstairs neighbor and the adjoining hallways to your unit. This was the situation experienced by Mrs. P one of our clients who owns a condo on Collins Avenue. Mrs. P is a Snow Bird and uses her condo only during the winter months. The building management contacted her in her New York home after her neighbor across the hall stepped out one morning and found the carpet drenched in water. The water leak was traced to Mrs. P’s unit where the water heater housed in the closet by the front door, was leaking and flooding her unit, the adjacent hallway as well as the unit downstairs.
This led to animosity between Owners as a result of the damages from the leak and insurance claims for Mrs. P, the downstairs owner and the condo board.
Empire Plumbing will be happy to assist you in evaluating the condition of your water heater and the expected life span as well as replacement options and costs.
Don’t incur damage and the repair costs that can be avoided with adequate planning of when to replace your heater.
Empire has many heater options for your peace of mind and happy neighbors.