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A New Outlook on Wastewater

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As a homeowner, you are most likely aware that your hot water heater uses the most energy in your home. This hot water is used for showering, cleaning dishes and washing clothes. In the current economy homeowners are adapting to the “waste not, want not” mentality. Surely, at some point, you have stood there and watched the hot water go down the drain and feel like your money is going along with it.

Engineers have been researching and testing new advancements to capture the energy that flows down the drains when the average homeowner uses hot water. They have discovered drain water heat recovery that can benefit homeowners across the nation.

The drain water heat recovery invention is capable of trapping the heat from the hot water before it flows down the drain to the sewer. Heat exchangers are used to contain the heat energy and store it for later use. This innovative idea is meant to be an addition to the hot water heater.

The new systems have their own storage tanks that preheat clean water that comes from appliances throughout your home. Since it helps to reduce the work of the hot water heater, it saves the homeowner money in the long run.

If you don’t feel comfortable with the fact that it stores water that has already been used in your home for further use, you can choose another design that works differently. These types of models work by trapping the energy and producing hot water directly through copper pipes. Whether you choose the tank model or the other model, you can be assured you are receiving clean water in both cases. You can feel comfortable setting your fear aside that you are using dirty water.

Drain water heat recovery is increasingly becoming popular among homeowners and communities across North America. The amount of savings it provides homeowners is attracting customers to this energy efficient option.

Engineers in Vancouver have taken it a bit further by designing and developing a sewage heat recovery system for the community. It is much larger in scale when compared to the average house model. However, it is already making a difference by providing heated hair to businesses and homes located nearby.

The surprising fact is that this one heating system is providing 70% of the energy needed in the area. Homeowners and business owners are shocked since this energy is coming from something that was previously known as waste water.

Think about this option carefully when you take your next shower. As you watch all of the wasted hot water going down the drain, think that it could be purified and reused again. This means you can also save money on your water bill as well as your electric bill.

Imagine if you can cut your electric bill down to half of what it is at this moment? Would you be interested in this type of energy saver? Saving money is the first thing that captures homeowner’s attention when it comes to wastewater. However, you can also enjoy the benefit of helping the earth. To learn more about drain water heat recovery or discuss similar options contact Mokher Plumbing for assistance 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

 

 

 

 

 

5 Best Water Saving Tips

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Water costs money! As a homeowner, you have most likely discovered a few ways to save water in order to lower your bill. If you haven’t, you certainly want to begin making changes right away. Do you have a big family? Or, a teenager that likes to take showers for one hour daily? If you answered yes, chances are your household is using more water than necessary. There are a variety of ways to reduce water use in your home. Below are the top 5 ways to save water.

1 – Use Water When Necessary                

Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. This means that everyone in your home is using the water to complete this task daily. Are any of them letting the water run while they are scrubbing their teeth? This clean water is flowing directly down the drain without even being touched once. Ask family members to turn off the faucet while they are brushing their teeth and only use it to rinse.

2 – Choose Showers over Baths

If you and your family members are capable of taking short showers, you can actually use less than taking a bath. Short showers use less water than actually filling up the bath tub. If you have young children that prefer to take baths you can purchase smaller tubs made specifically for children that fit inside the standard tub. Fill the smaller tub with water until the child graduates to taking showers.

3 – Use the Dishwasher    

Your mother probably told you to never use the dishwasher because it used too much water and electric. These days, dishwashers are energy efficient and only use the amount of water needed per cycle. This means that old fashioned dish washing in the sink actually uses more water compared to dishwashers. Invest in a good quality dishwasher machine to save water, money and time.

4 – Check for Leaks

A leaky faucet can cause more damage to your water bill then you think. If you hear drip, drip, drip coming from your faucets you are wasting water. If you are not sure how much water you are wasting, do a simple test to prove it. Place a large bowl under the leaky faucet for the entire night. When you wake up in the morning you will see how much wasted water accumulated overnight from a simple leak. You just paid for all of that water to go down the drain. Fix leaky faucets as soon as you discover the issue. Most leaky faucet issues can be solved with a quick trip to the hardware store and a DIY project.

5 – Recycle Rain Water

Do you have a beautiful yard or garden? How many times a week do you have to water it? You can save water by recycling rainwater in a bucket. Leave a bucket or two outdoors to collect rain water. Once the bucket is full immediately use it to water your plants and trees. Beware of standing water because mosquitoes can hatch quickly and cause health issues.

These 5 water saving tips are easy to do and will help you save water and money on a monthly basis. Put these tips to the test and begin making changes in your household today. If you suspect you have serious water leaks in your pipes or other areas of your home, contact a professional plumber to schedule an inspection.


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

 

Video Camera Plumbing Inspections

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Video cameras are helping to take the guesswork out of the scenario for plumbers. In the past plumbers had to use a variety of inspection techniques that often led to misdiagnosis before locating the real problem. It wasn’t the fault of the plumber it was just part of the job. Today, video cameras are saving plumbers, homeowners and business owner’s time and money.

How do video inspections work?                       

Most pipes and sewer lines are underground making it difficult for plumbers to inspect. Sometimes they are under layers of cement underneath your home’s foundation. When a plumber conducts a video inspection they use a flexible rod that is capable of going into pipes from 2” to 36” in diameter. The flexible rod has a video camera secured to it that allows plumbers to see the pipes in the high-resolution footage. The plumber is capable of determining the condition of the pipes and recommending the exact solution to the problem.

Common Issues Video Inspections Reveal    

  • Rusted pipes
  • Broken pipes
  • Leaks
  • Punctured pipes
  • Corroded pipes
  • Grease buildup
  • Misaligned pipes
  • Tree roots interfering with piping
  • Rocks in Pipes

Almost every homeowner has experienced the moment when something valuable has fallen into the sink into an unreachable place. Often this valuable item is a ring or other type of jewelry. Panic immediately sets in and action is taken. Sometimes the surprise of the situation causes homeowners to take a negative action such as turning on the faucet. This only flushes the jewelry further into the pipes. Using a flashlight to locate the item is not even going to help at this point.

Some homeowners who are familiar with plumbing will remove the piping under the sink to try to locate the ring. However, most times it’s too late and the jewelry has already passed this point and entered further into the pipes. This is the perfect time to call the plumber for a video inspection. The rod with a camera installed to it will help locate the jewelry and assist the plumber in retrieving the item.

In addition to this scenario, video inspections are also capable of locating a variety of different issues that might have been overlooked in the past. If your home is experiencing frequent clogs, backups or slow drains contact a plumber today to pinpoint the problem and get it fixed immediately.


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