On the morning of 10/22/13, around 7:00 am, I went to my garage to exercise. I stopped to check a recently-repaired leak in the roof (because it had rained the day before), and the area with the leak was fine, but I noticed water on another part of the garage floor. Upon closer inspection it wasn't so much water and a small river flowing peacefully away from thje house and toward the garage door. I traced the flow to its source and my water heater was leaking from the top pipe joint, gurgling merrily down the side, and overflowing the drip pan onto the floor, forming the river. I calmly freaked out and turned the valve on the pipe feeding the water heater to shut off the water supply. The valve closed 3/4 of the way and broke off in my hand. My alarm was not lessened by this turn of events. I turned off the breaker to the water heater, since I felt no compulsion to send a river of hot water our the door; a cold water river would have to do. I went inside and called Maurici plumbing. I have used them 5 times in the past and am embarrassed to see that this is only my second review. My bad. I called around 7:15 am and left a message with their answering service about the issue. At 7:39 am, I received a call back from the office clarifying the problem. They said they would have someone in my area soon, and to expect a call. I notified my job that I would be late and settled in to wait. While I waited, I looked on the Internet for how expensive replacing the water heater would be. Right at 9:00 am or so, John from Maurici knocked on my door and we looked at the water heater/fountain in question. John confirmed, as I thought, it could not be saved. My research said replacing the water heater should run between $700-800. John's quote was $760, exactly as forecast. He said that he had the tank on the truck, but needed to get a new valve and such back at the office. I stopped him and asked if I could upgrade my water heater to a 50 gallon tank (currently a 40 gallon tank). I had been meaning to look into that for a long while. He happily showed me the price for that ($820, or $60 more), whih I accepted. I also told him I had an issue with my master bathroom toilet and would like for him to look at that as well (so I could save the extra trip charge); John agreed, no problem. John left to get the parts and returned about an hour or so later (10:30 am or so). He replaced the tank, building new pipes because the larger tank took up more room. When he was done, he looked at my toilet, which needed its flushing mechanism rebuilt. All told: water heater, toilet repair, trip charge and $20 coupon from the last service came to $904. I found the problem around 7:00 am, and all the work was done by noon. Hard to complain about that! Since the work, I have had plenty of hot water and a perfectly flushing toilet (for the first time in over a year). I'm a big fan of Maurici plumbing!