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Putting Off Plumbing Problems can Cost You More

putting off plumbing shutterstock_76813990Drip, drip, drip! The common sound of a leaky faucet can drive homeowners crazy. Everyone has a busy schedule these days and fixing a leaky faucet is not on the agenda for most homeowners. Often, homeowners consider leaky faucets and other minor plumbing issues to be minor problems. However, these small problems lead into an expensive repair if repair is put off for too long.

As soon as you notice a water leak in your home you should get it fixed immediately, even if it’s just a small repair. You may wonder how a little leaky faucet can cost you money. One leaky faucet can add more than 10,000 gallons of water to your bill each year. Just think if you have two or more leaky faucets in your home, what will it cost you?

Let’s explore this situation a bit further. Let’s say the back of your toilet is leaking water. Your immediate solution is to put a bucket to catch the water. At this point you should contact a plumber for repairs. But, you don’t because you have a busy schedule that week and you post pone the repair until the following week and so on. One day you have to work late and there is nobody at home to empty the bucket. Once you arrive home you realize the bucket that was catching all the water has leaked all over the bathroom floor and continued out into the hallway damaging your carpet.

This wet carpet will remain wet and damp for days causing mildew to grow underneath the surface. The odor of wet carpet lasts weeks no matter what you try to spray on it or use as a room deodorizer. Soon you and your family begin sneezing and having respiratory issues. After careful inspection you realize the mold under the carpet has spread farther down the hallway and forces you to replace the carpet in the entire hallway.

This common situation has gone from a quick, inexpensive repair to a costly mess. Once you add repairing the leak that has become worse since you first found it, the new carpet, labor for installation and doctor bills for your entire family due to allergies and respiratory issues caused by the mold, your total can easily reach hundreds of dollars.

This is just one scenario that homeowners have the ability to avoid by getting plumbing problems fixed immediately. A quick call to the plumber can actually save you money. Avoid putting off plumbing issues to prevent higher costs and a negative impact on your budget.


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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!


Mokher Profile PicSince 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