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Money Saving Water Conservation Tips for Floridians


Floridians now understand the importance of water conservation. Similarly, California has made some big changes the Sunshine State can learn from. Both states suffer from droughts. Current maximum flow rates for urinals, residential and kitchen faucets, capping out at a usage of 2.2 gallons per minute (GPM), potentially saving nearly 100 billion gallons per year.

It is recommended to contact a plumber as soon as you notice leaks. Even a slow drip from your showerhead can quickly add up to wasted water and dollars on your water bill. If the dripping persists, call an Mokher Plumbing to inspect the suspected problem.

There are many plumbing fixtures that can be installed by the homeowner or by a professional plumber. These plumbing fixtures can help you save hundreds of dollars per year:

High Efficiency Toilet (HET)

Replacing your old toilet, pre-2006, to a newer model is one of the best ways to conserve water. Newer toilets consumes about 3.5 gallons of water per flush instead of 7 gallons per flush in older toilets. A high-efficiency toilet sits around 1.3 GPF. Choose brands with the WaterSense label as they undergo testing for maximum performance and water conservation. Keep in mind that less water does not mean a lesser flush.

Performance Showerheads

Performance showerheads reduce water down to about 1.75 GPM.  The difference may not seem substantial at first, but it adds up over time and will be most obvious when you see a smaller water bill each month.

Water-Saving Faucets

When it comes to faucets, less water does not necessarily mean a less-powerful product. Water-saving faucets can help you drop your water consumption from 2.2 GPM to 1.5 GPM.

Shower Flow-Regulator

If you are not ready to change your current showerhead, consider a shower flow regulator. That allows you to receive the benefits of lower water consumption without a complete upgrade of your shower’s fixtures. A shower flow-regulator lets you slow water to a trickle while lathering up or shampooing while taking a shower.

Dual Flush Toilets

While the name implies more water will be used, the dual flush toilet offers two different flushes, a half, full or a flush that you can customize. This will help you from flushing more water than needed.

Florida Leads in Water Efficiency

There is no current legislation regarding plumbing fixtures in the State of Florida, but the Sunshine State does lead the South in water efficiency. Plumbing professionals believe that the use of water-efficient plumbing technologies have contributed to the increased efficiency. In addition to plumbing fixture upgrades, Floridians can practice these simple conservation tips at home:

  • Lather up hands in soap before turning on the water.
  • Turn off the water while brushing their teeth.
  • Take shorter showers.

If you are unsure which plumbing product to upgrade, make an appointment for a consultation with our plumbers. Our plumbers can give you recommendations on how to help your plumbing become as efficient as possible. Contact me personally, Chip Mokher at Mokher Plumbing today to get a quote at 305-446-8266


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

 

 

Why Should I Hire A Licensed Plumber?


No! The toilet is overflowing! Quick grab the plunger and all will be ok. Many homeowners have experienced the exact situation mentioned here. While a quick plunge to unclog a toilet might be helpful, it is still best to have a licensed plumber inspect the situation further. Sometimes a toilet that clogs on a regular basis can be a sign of something more serious. Below is a list of reasons you should hire a licensed plumber.

  • Control who comes into your house – These days the news is always reporting plumbing scams. This usually happens when unsuspecting homeowners decide to hire a plumber with the lowest prices. Or, choose to hire a neighbor or friend to do the job. Contacting a licensed plumbing company will assure they will send a professional that has passed a background check. This assures all customers that the person entering their home is safe and doesn’t have a criminal background or history.
  • Avoid further damage – Sometimes homeowners take the situation into their own hands and decide to do a DIY plumbing project. While most small DIY plumbing tasks are successful, serious issues can become worse. Choosing to do it yourself puts you at risk of making a mistake that could cause serious damage and result in an expensive repair bill. It’s always best to bring in a professional from the beginning.
  • Proper training – Licensed plumbers are required to study sewers, drains, water, piping materials, gas lines, equipment upgrades, billing codes, safety concerns and more. As you can imagine, plumbing can become a serious danger and harm your family. Sewer odor alone could cause you and your family to become sick in a variety of ways.
  • Save money – Saving money is on the mind of every homeowner. Nobody wants to pay higher prices for a job when they can find it for less. This topic is sensitive among homeowners. You might have already had a debate with your neighbor about it. While low prices are attractive you also need to consider the quality of the work and replacement parts. Sometimes replacement parts are not as durable as others and will require you to have it replaced on a regular basis. This can become more expensive than just paying the slightly higher price for the better-quality part from the beginning.

As a homeowner, you can see how important it is to hire a licensed plumber. It will keep your family safe, repair and replace parts, save you money and help you avoid a DIY mishap. Give us a call today for further assistance with all your plumbing needs.


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

 

 

5 Basic Plumbing Parts Every Homeowner Should Know About


Whether it’s your first time out in the real world or you’ve finally fulfilled your lifelong dream of owning your own house, some knowledge of plumbing is something we must absolutely have equipped ourselves with. Not only will this come in handy on the occasion of an emergency, but it will also allow you to save on unnecessary expenses from prevention and good home practices.

A plumbing system is made out of fixtures, lines, pipes, meters, valves, drains and so on. Although what we see, which are the fixtures (toilets, faucets, showers, etc.), are the façade, underneath all of that is an intricate system underneath our homes. The lack of knowledge and ignoring these things at the first sign of a problem can be detrimental to your homes and can lead to costly repair and maintenance fees which could have been avoided. That is why, in this article, we will be providing you with the information that you need about plumbing and your home!

5 PLUMBING PARTS OF YOUR HOME YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH:

  1. Main Water Valve –The main water valve controls the flow of water into your home. This is also the first indicator of leak or burst in your pipes. Each home or establishment is equipped with a main water valve and is the first thing you should shut off in case of an emergency.
  2. Cut- Off Valve – A cut-off valve is a valve that allows you to cut off the flow of water to certain plumbing fixtures such as toilets and sinks while still supplying water to your other fixtures that need water supply. This valve comes in handy in the occasion of water leaks in specific areas of your home.
  3. Water Meter – A water meter is a device that allows you to see the overall health of your system. If there is low pressure, a leak or defects in your plumbing system, this can all be identified through your water meter.
  4. Pressure Regulators – A water pressure regulator is an indicator of how much pressure there is in your water flow. This can be useful when there is too much pressure in your pipes which could cause damages to your pipes and to the home owners.
  5. Valves (gas, electric & hot water) – These valves control optional resources at home. Homeowners have the option to switch these valves on and off according to their need.

How well do you know your plumbing system? If you need further assistance, call and make an appointment today!