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Why Should I Stop Handwashing Dishes?


Yes. Even with state-of-the-art dishwashers available throughout the United States, there are still people who hand wash their dishes! It happens for a number of reasons such as the person lives alone, broken dishwasher, not enough time in their schedule to load and unload the dishwasher and more. If you are still handwashing your dishes, the following information might convince you to start using your dishwasher.

  • You save money – Washing dishes by hand cause you to run the faucet and use up water fast. The quantity of water depends on how many dishes you hand wash. Dishwashers have a “light wash” or “water saver” mode option that will help lower your water bill.
  • Dirty sponges – Studies have revealed there is about 10 million bacteria on kitchen sponges. This basically means the toilet seat in your bathroom is more likely to be cleaner than the sponge in your kitchen. Using a sponge that is filled with bacteria causes you to spread them all over your dishes, pots, pans, and utensils. Dishwashers clean the dishes in hot water without a bacteria-filled sponge.
  • Saves time – If your schedule is busy and you barely have time to hand wash a few dishes you can save time by putting them in the dishwasher. This might sound time-consuming to some people, but it’s quite easy and fast. Basically, anytime you use a dish, utensil, glass, etc, put it in the dishwasher immediately. Once the load is full, turn it on and let it do its job while you continue with your busy schedule.
  • No more dishpan hands – Dish soaps are filled with chemicals that cut through grease and make dishes sparkling clean. However, the same dish soap often causes dry skin, cracks, and bleeding hands on most people. You can save your hands from becoming irritated by skipping the dish soap and using the dishwasher. The detergent for dishwashers is very powerful and removes particles, debris and food stains from dishes easily. The good news is, your hands never touch the dishwasher detergent.

If you have been hand washing your dishes and feel ready to try something new, invest in a dishwasher. Chances are you already have one located in your kitchen, but you just haven’t used it. Many people who give it a try for about one week, grow comfortable with using it and never go back to handwashing dishes.

Do you need to install a dishwasher? Give us a call today for further assistance.


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When Should I Replace my Old Plumbing?


Our homes are our prized possessions. We don’t usually want to think that it gets old and needs repairs. Especially pipes that are hidden behind walls and other areas. If you have had your home for a long time you might need to replace old plumbing. The following signs listed below will alert you that it’s time to make some improvements to your plumbing.

  • Discolored water – Have you looked at the color of your tap water lately? You can check the color by pouring tap water directly from the faucet into a clear glass. Take a white sheet of paper and place it behind the glass. If the water in the glass has a tint that is brown or slightly red toned, you have rusty pipes. These hidden rusty pipes can leak or bust at any moment. They are also exposing you and your family to rusty water in the shower and in your drinking water.
  • Smelly water – As a South Florida resident you know there are times the water stinks briefly when there are issues. This is usually around the time when the local news reports advise residents to boil water for safety reasons. If your water has an odor there is a sign of bacteria. If the issue isn’t from your local water supply, the bacteria could be in your pipes. This means you are showering and drinking this water which could lead to illness.
  • Water damage – Do you have a water stain on your ceiling, walls or flooring? Do you smell a bad odor or notice mildew growing in your home? These are all signs of water damage. This is usually a result of leaky pipes. The water has obviously spread and leaked into the walls and flooring of your home. This type of damage requires replacement of old plumbing to solve the issue. It also might require mold removal and damage repair to the surrounding area.
  • How old is your plumbing? – You should have records of when the plumbing was updated. If you don’t know when your plumbing was installed, updated or replaced, you need to find out. One of the best ways to find out the condition of your plumbing is to speak to a professional plumber.

Do you notice any of the signs listed above in your home? If so, you need to seek the advice of a professional. You can get help today by contacting us 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

Spring Plumbing Tips


South Florida has sunshine and warm weather almost all year long. It’s difficult to tell when the seasons change in our area of the world. March generally marks that Spring is on its way and it’s time to get prepared. The rest of the country might be dusting the snow off their car, but we are already experiencing warm temperatures that allow us to swim in our pools and start our gardening routine. The following tips will help you get prepared and possibly save some money too.

  • Check for leaks – Inspect your faucets, showerheads, and pipes under the sinks. Do your faucets or showerheads drip? Do you see water under your sink? Do you smell a bad odor under the sink? If you answered yes to any of these questions you have a water leak. It’s essential that you get it repaired immediately to avoid any further issues. Remember a small water leak can get bigger quickly causing costly damage to your home.
  • Check the toilets – Do you hear your toilet constantly running? You might think it’s no big deal as long as it’s not overflowing but you actually have a water leak. This type of water leak can cause your water bill to skyrocket. You can easily test your toilet to confirm there is a leak. Place a few drops of food coloring into the tank and wait up to 30 minutes. Do not use the toilet during this time. Then, check to see if you notice the food coloring in the toilet bowl area. If you see color in the bowl, you definitely have a leak that needs to be fixed.
  • Install drain strainers – Drain strainers are affordable little devices that cover the drain. They catch hair and other types of things that clog your pipes. They are easy to install and empty. These small little save you lots of money.
  • Prepare your pool – South Florida residents who have pools at their homes often have outdoor showers for convenience. These outdoor showers need to be taken care of by a professional. They can leak and cause mold and bacteria to build up. Also, the pool itself needs to have superior plumbing in order to work properly and provide clean water for swimming.

Spring is just around the corner! Make sure you are prepared by doing the tips listed above. These helpful money-saving tips will help keep you stay on budget. If you are having issues with the plumbing in your home, 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