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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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Plumbing Fixes for Florida Pipe Lawsuits


Florida home or commercial property owners with properties built before 1975, most likely own property that contains a cast iron plumbing system that has failed or is nearing failure.

Cast iron pipes corrode and deteriorate over time. Mokher Plumbing has the experience to inspect and give you accurate estimates of the damage that needs repair or replacement. Many Florida home and property owners have contacted their insurance company about replacing old piping or repairing damage from broken pipes, only to have the claim denied or underpaid. As a result, lawsuits have been filed. Estimates from professional plumbers are needed so that the property owners can receive compensation.

Pipe deterioration can lead to water damage, water back-ups in the house, clogged or slow drains, leaking sewage, pest infestation. This poses possible health risks to building occupants. Check for these signs that your plumbing system has problems:

  • Drain or toilet backups
  • Slow drains
  • Foul smells (such as a “rotten egg” smell)
  • Roach or rodent infestation
  • Leaks and water damage
  • Gurgling sounds from drains or toilets
  • Water around the floor drain in the basement
  • Raw sewage back up from drains
  • Floor tiles that are broken, cracked, raised or loose
  • Water-stained or discolored carpets or floor tile and grout

Not So Normal Wear and Tear

An estimated 76 million American homes have failed cast iron pipes that need replacement. In Florida, 2.4 million homes have this serious plumbing problem.

Wear and tear is normal in residential pipe systems. Cast iron waste pipes last between 50 and 100 years. However, with defective pipes, cast iron pipes will have to be replaced long before their lifetime is up. Deterioration of cast iron pipes is normal after just 25 years, so homeowners should conduct routine inspections. Mokher Plumbing can do an inspection of your home and advise you of the condition of your pipes.

One of the consequences of plumbing problems is that it can greatly lower a property’s market value. It can also lead to extensive water damages and pollute local aquifers. Many houses built prior to 1975 contain cast iron pipes that are approaching the end of their lifespan.

Protect your property and get an accurate estimate of the cost of damages by getting an estimate from an experienced plumber at Mokher Plumbing. Our plumbers can give you recommendations for services upon inspection of your home. Contact me personally, Chip Mokher at Mokher Plumbing today to get a quote at 305-446-8266


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

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