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What Causes Shower Heads to Leak


You don’t know how important the showerhead is until it doesn’t work properly. Homeowners are often surprised when they turn on the shower one day only to find it spraying in all directions except for the general one they need. While this is usually a quick fix such as a good cleaning a leaking shower head is another story.

A leaking showerhead that constantly drips or flows water out of it will hike up your water bill more than you expect. Imagine a faucet dripping 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will add up to a costly expense every time you get your bill.

Usually, a constantly running shower head is caused by the shower valve. This is fairly an easy fix that needs to be done by a professional. However, a shower valve that leaks behind the wall can be a disaster. It’s essential that you have a plumber inspect the issue to assure water is not gathering behind the wall. This can lead to mold and bacteria development as well as damage the wall and other areas of the house.

Whether it’s an easy fix or a complicated one, you need to get it done quickly before it gets worse. Homeowner’s often see the shower head dripping very slowly, maybe just a few drops. So, they put off inspecting the issue or contacting a plumber. Sometimes homeowners wait until they receive a high water bill or notice the water is flowing out of the shower head instead of just dripping.

Homeowners should never hesitate to call a plumber. Even the smallest issues can quickly develop into serious issues. If your showerhead is leaking and you prefer to inspect it yourself, you need to remove the shower head carefully and know what to look for. If you see rust or broken pieces, it’s time to replace the showerhead.

Replacement of a shower head is fairly easy. Basically, you purchase a new shower head and attach it. This can be an easy process or a complicated one depending on the type of showerhead. If you are not familiar with plumbing you can accidentally cause more damage than good during the attachment process.

If you have any issues with your showerhead or plumbing in your home, contact us today for further assistance. Our friendly and professional staff are standing by to help you.


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Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill


Start your New Year off right by saving money on your water bill. We have come up with easy things you can do to save. Implementing these tips into your life is the perfect timing. A report that was released by the American Water Works Association, infrastructure improvements and upgrades to the drinking system in the United States will cost about $1 trillion by the year 2035. Chances are consumers will see this cost hike up their water bills. It’s best to start saving on your bill now with the tips listed below.

  • Take shorter showers – Ask everyone in your household to reduce their shower time by four minutes. This has the potential to save about 4,000 gallons of water per year. Which can save you $100 or more, depending on how many people you have living in your house.
  • Shut the water off when brushing your teeth – Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes per session. If you let the water run while doing this you are wasting gallons of water. It might not seem like it but if you put a bucket under your running faucet you will see how much money you are washing down the drain.
  • Install a low-flow showerhead – You can reduce the amount of water you use by 50% by using a low-flow showerhead. This combined with shortening showers by four minutes will lower your bill.
  • Fill the dishwasher and washing machine before using – Washing a few dishes and running a full cycle can waste water and hike your bill up. Always fill the dishwasher and washing machine before starting.
  • Avoid hand-washing dishes – Hand washing dishes might seem like a way to save water, but it actually uses more water than the dishwasher. If you live alone and only have a few dishes, pre-soak the dishes in a bit of water first, then use a faucet attachment that only uses water when you are rinsing the dishes.

If you are tired of seeing your water bill go up, try the helpful tips shown above. If you are able to use all of them your savings per year will be substantial. If you try all of these tips and your water bill is climbing higher every time you could have a hidden leak, you need to contact a plumber for further assistance.


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Why Does the Toilet Bubble When the Bathtub Drains?  


Do you hear a bubbly sound in the toilet when the bathtub drains? Homeowners often become surprised by the sound and panic as they wonder what’s wrong. The issue is usually due to a clogged drain in the pipeline. If you are experiencing this issue in your bathroom continue reading for more details.  

Current plumbing codes require all drains to be separately vented. This is mandatory to prevent pressure buildup and to assist sewer gases to escape outside. Bathrooms usually have multiple drains from the sink, tub, and toilet located closely together. This common configuration sometimes causes air to enter and exit through a fixture as you use another fixture.  

So, this means that your tub is draining but your toilet is gargling from the pressure. The wet vented system that is clogged can also show signs such as sluggish flushes and slow drains.  

To fix the issue you need to start by unclogging the shower/bathtub drain. A simple use of a plunger usually clear small clogs. Test the drain by plugging up the drain, filling the bathtub with water and removing the plug. The water should drain at a rapid consistent pace until the tub is fully empty. If the water is draining slowly continue using the plunger, then run the test again.  

If you find the drain is still not working properly after the second time it is time to call in a professional. Sometimes clogs can be deep in the pipes and require a professional to remove the clog. Surprisingly, some plumbers have reported clogs caused by small toys, too much hair, slime, small rodents and more. Serious clogs should always be left to a professional plumber.  

If you were able to determine what caused the clog you need to take preventative measures. The most common cause of clogs in the bathtub is hair. It easily falls down the drain and gathers together causing a ball that prevents water from flowing through the pipes properly. If hair was the culprit of your clog, you can easily prevent it by installing hair catchers in the drain. These small affordable gadgets will save you money and time in the future.  

If your home is experiencing plumbing issues you need to take action immediately. Remember, small plumbing issues can quickly turn into big expensive problems that inconvenience you and your family. Give us a call today for further assistance. Our friendly professional staff is standing by to help you with 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