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Old Plumbing: Reasons to Replace it

Plumbing hides behind the walls where nobody can see it. This creates the out of sight out of mind way of thinking in most homeowner’s minds. Old plumbing can cause a variety of issues such as burst pipes, rusted pipes, leaks, mold growth and more. If you have old plumbing you should consider the following reasons to replace it.

  • Low water pressure – Galvanized pipes can contain built-up rust inside them which causes the water flow slowly. This is mostly seen in bathtubs and showers. Some homeowners think it’s another issue and spend money replacing shower heads and water heaters. But, it could be due to rusted old pipes. If you want water to flow more freely in your home, it’s time to get the pipes replaced.
  • Discolored tap water – If you notice the tap water is discolored it could be due to rusty pipes. Also, the taste of the water can be affected negatively. The best way to test the color of your water is to buy a bottle of water and pour it into a glass. Then pour tap water from your kitchen faucet into a glass. Set the glasses side by side and examine the color. If the tap water has an orange or brown tint, chances are you have old pipes. Sometimes consuming tap rusted tap water can cause illness to people and pets. For this reason, you should have a professional inspect the pipes and replace them if there is rust damage present.
  • Real estate inspection failure – If you plan to sell your house anytime soon, rusted old pipes might hold up the sale process. Replacement of old pipes can become expensive and time-consuming. Especially when it comes to closing on a house sale. Sometimes a potential buyer will just look elsewhere instead of waiting out the repairs.

How do you know if you have old pipes?

A professional plumber can confirm if your pipes are old and rusted. If your home has rusted old pipes the plumber will advise you how it can be repaired and provide an estimated quote.

If you suspect the pipes in your home are rusted, leaking or old it’s time to contact a plumber. Receiving professional advice will confirm if your fears are true or not. It will also allow you to create a repair or replacement plan. Get started by making an appointment today with us!


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3 Tips for Lowering Your Water Bill


It just arrived! The water bill that tops all water bills. It’s so high! What happened? If you just received a high-water bill you are most likely feeling overwhelmed. Take a moment to focus on what caused it to skyrocket so quickly. The following tips will help you discover the cause and repair it before it does any more damage to your budget.

  1. Check for Leaks – Walk around your house and check all the faucets, toilets, rooms, ceilings and flooring for water damage. Also, take notice of any unusual odors caused by water. Pinpoint where the leak originated and contact a plumber immediately. Remember that all leaks are not noticeable. A dripping faucet or running toilet is obvious. However, a leaky pipe hidden behind a wall is another story.
  2. Take Shorter Showers – Sometimes hikes in the water bill are due to household members taking showers longer than usual. Or, due to company staying at your home for long periods of time and using more water than usual. Limit everyone in the household to a 10-minute shower maximum. This will help save water and lower your water bill.
  3. Use the Dishwasher – Homeowners are often scared to use the dishwasher because they think it uses too much water. This myth is not true. Dishwashers actually use less water than the hand washing method. The reason is that the handwashing method often causes the faucet to run constantly while rinsing the soap off dishes. You can save money by loading up the dishwasher to capacity and using it on a regular basis. You can also use the “water saver” option if your dishwasher has the option available.

If you try the tips above and your water bill is still high, you need to contact a professional plumber immediately. It’s essential to find the cause as quickly as possible and fix it. Otherwise, the issue can become worse, cause extensive damage to your property and lead to higher water bills.

Plumbing issues can lead to disaster if you don’t get the issue taken care of fast. Imagine a small leak under the kitchen faucet that you ignore grows from a few drips to filling a bucket of water every hour. Catching the water in a bucket might protect the cabinets from damage. But, what happens when the bucket overflows while you are away from home? Start lowering your water bill today by contacting me, Chip Mokher today!


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The Summer Plumbing Maintenance Checklist


Summer is almost here! This is the perfect time of year to check the plumbing in your house. Some homeowners don’t pay attention to the plumbing until something goes wrong. You can prevent a lot of issues from arising and ruining your summer vacation by following the plumbing maintenance checklist below.

  • Protect the Drains with Filters – Common items that back up your tubs and sinks are hair, soap buildup and other debris. Place a removable filter in each drain located in your house. You can purchase these affordable drain screens online or at your local home repair store. Clean them once per week or more to assure they work properly. Following this tip will help prevent your pipes from getting clogged and leading to expensive repairs.
  • Inspect Faucets for Leaks – A drippy faucet might seem like it’s just a nuisance. But it’s much more than that! It can become expensive and hike your water bill up to numbers you never want to see on your bill again. Leaky faucets are generally easy and quick to fix. You can repair it yourself as a DIY project or you can contact a plumber for assistance. The most important thing is to make sure you stop the faucet from leaking immediately.
  • Check for Leaky Toilets – Does your toilet run constantly. This is a sign of an expensive leak. Usually this type of leak is easy to fix with a few parts from the hardware store. You can even purchase the parts online and have them shipped to your home. If you aren’t familiar with DIY plumbing projects you should contact a plumber immediately. This type of leak can waste gallons of water and cause your water bill to rise rapidly.
  • Pool Maintenance – Homeowners that have a pool should inspect the equipment and look for leaks. Any sign of dripping or leaking water needs to be fixed as soon as possible.
  • Clean the Shower Heads – This task is most likely part of your cleaning routine already. But, if you have been neglecting your shower heads, it’s time to get started. You will be surprised to learn that mineral deposits can clog shower heads and lead to low water pressure. An easy cleaning tip involves removing the shower head and soak it in a bucket of white vinegar for several hours, preferably while you are at work or sleeping.

Summer is one of the most popular times of the year for vacations. The last thing you want to do is cut your vacation short to rush home and take care of an emergency plumbing issue. Get your home ready today by following the suggestions above. If you need assistance with any plumbing issues contact a plumber 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