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Signs You Need a New Water Heater

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Homeowners often overlook the importance of the water heater. This essential item is responsible for so many things, including providing hot showers on a daily basis for the entire family. Imagine one morning you step into the shower only to find ice-cold water flowing from the shower faucet. To avoid this situation from happening to you, become aware of the following signs that will alert you to replace or repair your water heater before disaster strikes.

  • Flame Color – If you have a gas water heater the flame should burn with a blue tone. Yellow tones are a sign your water heater will need replacement soon.
  • Leaks – Check the water heater on a regular basis. Water heaters are an important part of keeping your home running at its best and most comfortable. However, these essential tools often are hiding behind a closed closet door for months and even years. Once a month check on the water heater. If you notice any leaks or water accumulation surrounding or underneath the water heater, it’s a sign you need to replace it immediately.
  • Water Temperature – An important sign that often goes unnoticed is the water temperature. Most homeowners don’t realize there is a temperature change until they take an ice cold shower one day. This doesn’t happen overnight. Be aware of where you set the temperature on your shower every day. If you find that you are pushing the lever more and more towards the hot side to get the same warm shower temperature you are used to, it’s a sign the water heater needs replacement.
  • Rust – Any time you notice rust on the outside of the water heater, it means there is rust on the inside. Even if the rust spots are small, eventually it will create a hole and begin to leak water. Leaking water can ruin carpets and other types of flooring quickly. Prevent this from happening by replacing the water heater as quickly as possible.

Always remember that although water heaters require little maintenance, they do get old and they don’t last forever. Make sure you are prepared ahead of time for repairs or replacements to the water heater. It might seem easy to replace the water heater yourself. However, there is a lot that goes into installing the water heater and it could be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Seek professional help by contacting Mokher Plumbing, a licensed professional, to help with installation and repairs

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Since 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

Establishing Water Conservation in Your Home

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As Americans we are used to having access to plenty of water. However, there are many locations around the world that have minimum access causing people to walk miles for drinking water. It is important to conserve water since it is such a precious and much needed resource. Simply put, humanity can’t survive without water. Do your part as a homeowner and take steps to conserve water. The following tips will help you get started.

  • Monitor Your Water Bill – One of the most convenient ways to keep track of water is to monitor your bill. If you notice large spikes in between bills, there is a problem. Just a small leak can cause you to waste more than 10,000 gallons of water per year. Have a professional inspect your home for leaks or other plumbing issues. Make repairs immediately.
  • Use of Water Outdoors – Let’s face it, most counties around the United States experience a drought. One of the first mandatory requests on the list is to limit watering the lawn and plants. This of course leads to brown grass and dead plants. There is a way to get around this situation. Plant native plants to your area. For example, Miami has Palm Trees and other plants that are perfect for the hot weather. Plant trees and other plants native to your area to assure they will thrive, even during a drought. The rain water alone can keep native plants alive.
  • Rain Buckets – When the local news says it’s going to rain, set a few buckets out on your lawn to catch the water. This water is provided by mother nature and it will allow you to use it all at once in certain areas of your yard. For example, if you have a garden that requires more water than a rain storm could provide. You can use the buckets of rain water in isolated areas in your garden to assure you are meeting the water needs. Tip: Use the buckets of rain water immediately to prevent mosquitoes from hatching.

You can also do small things around the house to conserve water. Try turning the faucet off while you are brushing your teeth. Also make sure your washing machine is at the correct load level. Meaning if you have a small load of laundry, don’t set the machine at large. The extra water is wasteful. It will also save you money in the long run. Do your part to establish water conservation in your home today!


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How to Be Prepared for Plumbing Emergencies

It wasnt me - IMG_0217-2109Even the most careful and attentive homeowner can experience unexpected plumbing issues. You might check your faucets for leaks and take good care of your water heater and other items within your home, but you can’t predict a pipe bursting or other hidden plumbing problems. Often homeowners find themselves stressed out when they realize they can’t afford to fix the problems immediately. Don’t be one of these homeowners. Try the following tips to be prepared to handle any issues regarding the plumbing in your home.

  • Save – Create a separate savings account dedicated to fixing repairs in your home. Every month deposit a specific amount that is suitable to your budget. These savings will help you feel assured you can fix any problems as soon as they arise. Since plumbing problems are not frequent issues, some homeowners tend to withdraw from the savings account. Avoid doing this, because it will cause you to deplete the security you have built and prevent you from fixing important issues.
  • Home Owner’s Insurance – Check your homeowner’s policy to see if it covers plumbing maintenance and repairs. If not, you should consider purchasing a home plumbing warranty. This option is helpful if you are low on funds and have difficulty saving money.
  • Plumbing Professionals – Every city has a plumbing company that is highly recommended. It is wise to develop a strong loyalty and relationship with one specific plumber. Contact the plumber of your choice and request a home evaluation. This will allow the licensed technician to locate any potential plumbing issues in advance. It also allows the plumbing company to establish a record for your home and recommend maintenance appointments to prevent emergency plumbing issues.

By following these few simple steps it will help you be prepared for any plumbing emergencies. Focusing on prevention will help lessen the risk of unwanted surprises and having savings set aside will most likely take care of any unforeseen problems. Whether you have just purchased your home or you have lived there for a long time, learning more about your home’s plumbing is essential to taking care of your home.

A common mistake some homeowners make is not saving any more money after the plumbing issue is fixed. This is a big mistake. Just because one problem has been repaired, it doesn’t mean another one doesn’t exist somewhere else in the house. Always remain prepared for any emergency regarding plumbing, especially because it can cause water damage to your home, mold buildup and further damage.

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Since 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