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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


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Why You Need a Professional Plumber


Are you a DIY guru that enjoys fixing things in the house? If so, you probably are really good at tackling difficult projects. Surely, you have already experienced replacing showerheads, fixing small leaks in the sink and unclogging a toilet. However, did you know a professional plumber could be your right-hand man when it comes to the plumbing in your house? Most homeowner’s contact a plumber once everything has gone wrong and it’s beyond repairable by a DIY project.

If this has happened to you and you felt completely embarrassed when a professional plumber arrived to see the mess you made, don’t worry, you are not alone. Many homeowners try to save money by doing their own plumbing projects, but they often end up making the issue worse which leads to an expensive bill later.

Professional plumbers can work with you to keep your home plumbing running at it’s best. Yes. You are probably great at replacing a small part on the faucet to fix a small leak, but you need to know the right time to contact a professional plumber, which is usually when a rusty or broken pipe is involved.

You need a professional to make sure the plumbing is installed correctly and the water is flowing through the pipes at the right force and speed. You will be surprised how a clogged pipe or small leak can run up the water bill without you noticing.

Many homeowners attempt to install water heaters in their home as a DIY project. While some homeowners are successful, most end up calling a plumber for further assistance. Some homeowners even report that they didn’t realize there was an electrical component to the water heater and forgot to turn off the breaker switch. This is a dangerous scenario since water and electricity don’t mix well and often causes electrical shock, fire or worse.

You also need a professional plumber to alert you to upcoming issues that could arise in the future. Plumbers often arrive at your home to fix one issue and upon further inspection find another issue attached to the situation. A professional will explain the problem and encourage you to get it fixed within a specific time frame to prevent further damage or issues.

Are you ready to place the plumbing in your home in the hands of a professional plumber? Contact us today for further assistance!


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

How to Save Money on Your Water Bill this Summer


Surprise! Your water bill increased and you have to pay for it by the due date. Homeowners are often surprised with the spike in their water bill, especially during the summer months. For some reason, the summer is one time of the year in South Florida that water gets used the most. Usually, this is due to frequent use of lawn sprinklers and the installation of above ground pools. If you want to save money on your water bill this summer, consider the tips listed below.

  • Fix Leaks – Inspect the drains, showerheads, toilets, and sprinklers in and around your home. If your sinks are dripping water or leaking water from the pipes underneath the sink, you need to get it fixed quickly. Other signs of leaks include rust spots, small puddles around outdoor sprinklers and toilets that run constantly.
  • Inspect the Water Heater – If your water heater is over 10 years old, you should consider replacing it. Carefully check the exterior of the water heater for rust, cracks or water. A leak in a water heater can quickly get larger and sometimes flood the entire first floor of your home. Replacing a water heater requires professional installation so plan ahead so you don’t go without hot water in the shower.
  • Take Shorter Showers – It feels great to take a steaming hot shower after a long day at work. It sure helps the stress melt away, right? You can still de-stress with a hot shower, but you need to limit it to a specific time frame. An easy way to limit your showers is to play music while you are in the shower and make sure you complete your shower by the end of the second song. Usually, two songs are equivalent to a 10-minute shower.
  • Use the Dishwasher – If you have been afraid to use your dishwasher because you think it uses too much water compared to hand washing dishes, you will be surprised to learn it’s actually vice versa. Hand washing dishes uses more water than a dishwasher set on light or gentle cycle. Some dishwashers even have a water saver and power saver option that could help you save on your water bill as well as your electric bill. Save your hands from washing dishes and let your dishwasher do all the work.

Do you need help identifying ways to save money on your water bill this summer? Contact us today for further assistance. Our friendly professional staff is ready to help you 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