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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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Warning Signs You Need a New Dishwasher


Your dishwasher is one of the most used appliances in your home. Some households run the dishwasher once or twice a day. It tackles stuck on food and rinses your dishes clean. This appliance is usually durable and long lasting. However, if your dishwasher is more than a few years old you need to look for signs it might need replacing. If your dishwasher is showing the following signs you need to consider repair or replacement.

  • Dishes don’t feel hot – Hot water is essential to cleaning and disinfecting your dishes. If your dishes don’t feel hot to the touch after the dishwasher cycle is complete there could be a problem with the heating coil.
  • Visible rust – If you see rust on the inside or outside of the dishwasher you need to consider purchasing a new one. Tiny rust particles can stick to your dishes during a washing cycle. This can cause you to consume rust every time you eat off the dishes.
  • Poor drainage – If you notice a pool of water collecting at the bottom of the dishwasher after the cycle is complete, it could be a sign of an issue with the drain. This is something that a professional plumber needs to investigate before the issue gets worse.
  • The door doesn’t latch properly – A dishwasher won’t work unless the door is latched tightly. If the door of your dishwasher has a difficult time closing or it won’t close at all, this is a sign the seal could be damaged.
  • Water leak – If your dishwasher is leaking onto the kitchen floor it could be due to the air gap in the drain line. Usually, a gap of air in the dishwasher line prevents dirty water from entering the dishwasher. If the gap leaks, it is due to a blockage in the tube. Fixing this issue requires the assistance of a professional plumber but usually, replacement of the dishwasher isn’t necessary unless other issues are present.

A common issue that goes unmentioned is a burning smell when the dishwasher is in use. If you ever smell something burning turn off the dishwasher, unplug it and contact a plumber immediately. An electrical burning smell combined with water is a dangerous combination that could lead to electrocution.

If you aren’t sure whether you need a new dishwasher or not, contact us today for further assistance. Our friendly and professional staff are waiting to help you.


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

 

 

Tips for Preparing Your Plumbing for the Holidays  


The holiday season has officially arrived! This means family and friends will be visiting your house for holiday parties and your plumbing will be put through the test. Before the relatives arrive, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner to prepare your plumbing for what is to come during the holiday season. Continue reading below for helpful tips that will keep your plumbing running in tip-top shape throughout the season.  

  • Invest in thin toilet paper – Plumbing is sensitive and if your toilet is already prone to get clogged due to the use of too much toilet paper, you need to be prepared for guests. An excellent way to prevent clogs during the holidays is to purchase thin quality toilet paper. It flushes and breaks apart easily preventing clogs even if more than a normal amount is used.  
  • Clear the clogs in drains – Check the drains in your sinks and tubs for clogs. If the water is not flowing down the drain easily and quickly or if you hear a gurgling sound you need to unclog the drain. A simple plunge should clear out small clogs. However, serious clog issues should be handled by a professional plumber.  
  • Check the water heater– The water heater often hides safely behind a closet door and is forgotten about until there are issues with the hot water. Don’t take the chance of having hot water issues during the holidays. Check the date on your water heater to make sure it’s not too old. If your water heater is more than 7 years old have a professional plumber inspect it to see if part replacements are needed. Don’t wait to have a house full of guests from out of town that have to suffer through cold showers to call the plumber. Make sure you take care of the issue before your family and guests arrive.  
  • Clean the garbage disposal – Holidays involve a lot of cooking. If you have family and friends visiting that enjoy cooking your garbage disposal will definitely be used frequently. Start your holiday season by pouring one cup of white vinegar down the garbage disposal, allow it to sit for ten minutes then flush with hot water from the tap for one minute. This will clean debris, residue, oil, grease and more from your garbage disposal.  

If you are having plumbing issues or need assistance getting your plumbing ready for the holidays, call us today for an appointment.   


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