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Best Tips for Saving Water and Money


How much is your water bill? Homeowners often report that the water bill is the least expensive compared to other household expenses. But, there are other homeowners that cringe at the sight of their water bill. It’s just too expensive! If you are tired of your water bill draining your bank account consider the following water saving tips.

  • Stop pre-rinsing dishes – Instead of using water to pre-rinse dishes just scrape the food off the plates and allow your dishwasher to do the work. Investing in a good quality dishwasher detergent is beneficial for this tip.
  • Fill up your dishwasher – Surprisingly, the dishwasher uses the same amount of water whether you have a small load or large load of dishes. Always make sure you fill the dishwasher to the limit before using it.
  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator – If you use tap water as your main drinking water source you are wasting water. Just think about how many times you let the water run until it gets cool enough for you to drink. That wasted water is running up your bill. Instead, fill water bottles with tap water and place it in the refrigerator on a daily basis.
  • Use appliances to heat water – If you enjoy cooking chances are your recipes will require a cup or two of hot water. Many cooks allow their tap water to run until it becomes hot enough to use. Instead, use a glass measuring cup filled with water and heat it in the microwave.
  • Limit garbage disposal use – Just think about how much water you flush down the disposal every time you use it. Try to limit the use of the garbage disposal so you use less water.
  • Shorten your shower time – A hot shower after a long day is something many of us look forward to. However, it’s when we stay in the shower longer than needed that causes the water bill to increase. Generally, a 15-minute shower uses about 37 gallons of water.
  • Repair leaky faucets – Leaky faucets that drip constantly is wasting water. To test the amount of water it wastes, place a bucket under the leaky faucet and see how much accumulates throughout the day while you are at work or while you are sleeping. You will be surprised to see the amount of water that goes to waste.
  • Turn the water off while brushing – Brushing your teeth for two minutes is the standard rule told to us by dentists. However, it can become costly when we run the water the entire two minutes. Turn the water off while brushing and turn it back on again to rinse your mouth. This is also recommended when shaving.

The tips listed above will help you save water and money. You can choose to follow all of the tips or just implement a few. Either way, you should see a lower water bill when using these tips. If you have leaks or plumbing issues causing your water bill to increase call us today for further assistance.


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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