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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

How to Keep Water Heater Costs Low

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Anyone who has taken an ice cold shower knows how much a water heater is needed in a home. It is responsible for heating water for the shower and sinks. This convenient much-needed item can also raise your electric bill. There are a variety of things you can do to lower the costs and keep your water heater running in good condition.

  • Replace the Water Heather – Begin with getting to know your water heater. Let’s face it, the heater has probably been hiding behind a closet door for years, so open the door and investigate. You will want to look for water or leaks as well as rust. If you find any of these issues you will want to repair or replace the water heater.
  • Lower the Temperature – According to the Federal Department of Energy, the water heater thermostat should be set to 120 degrees. Most water heaters go up to 140 degrees. However, this temperature can easily burn and scold the elderly and children. Keeping the thermostat at 120 degrees prevents burning and saves money too!
  • Lessen Use – Water enters into your home through pipes at 2 gallons per minute. To lower the cost, try to take shorter showers and use economy settings on appliances such as the washing machine and dishwasher. Your family may not be happy to learn that their hot shower time has been lessened, but it will save money and energy.

Even if you have never had water heater issues before, there will come a time when it needs replacement. Rust and long term use are the common reasons for replacement. Most homeowners will tell you installation is one of the most difficult things they have every done. It’s true! Installing a new water heater is not only difficult, but also complicated and dangerous. Always make sure the breaker switch that corresponds to your water heater is turned off before removing or installing.

It is best to have a professional complete the installation. You will be surprised how quickly they can get it done. While DIY installation sessions are known to go on for hours and even days. Contact a professional in the beginning and let them do the hard work. It also prevents you from prolonging the situation. Without a water heater, you can’t do much in your home. After proper installation, make sure the thermostat is set at 120 degrees and follow the money saving tips listed above.

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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