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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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Why Should I Hire A Licensed Plumber?


No! The toilet is overflowing! Quick grab the plunger and all will be ok. Many homeowners have experienced the exact situation mentioned here. While a quick plunge to unclog a toilet might be helpful, it is still best to have a licensed plumber inspect the situation further. Sometimes a toilet that clogs on a regular basis can be a sign of something more serious. Below is a list of reasons you should hire a licensed plumber.

  • Control who comes into your house – These days the news is always reporting plumbing scams. This usually happens when unsuspecting homeowners decide to hire a plumber with the lowest prices. Or, choose to hire a neighbor or friend to do the job. Contacting a licensed plumbing company will assure they will send a professional that has passed a background check. This assures all customers that the person entering their home is safe and doesn’t have a criminal background or history.
  • Avoid further damage – Sometimes homeowners take the situation into their own hands and decide to do a DIY plumbing project. While most small DIY plumbing tasks are successful, serious issues can become worse. Choosing to do it yourself puts you at risk of making a mistake that could cause serious damage and result in an expensive repair bill. It’s always best to bring in a professional from the beginning.
  • Proper training – Licensed plumbers are required to study sewers, drains, water, piping materials, gas lines, equipment upgrades, billing codes, safety concerns and more. As you can imagine, plumbing can become a serious danger and harm your family. Sewer odor alone could cause you and your family to become sick in a variety of ways.
  • Save money – Saving money is on the mind of every homeowner. Nobody wants to pay higher prices for a job when they can find it for less. This topic is sensitive among homeowners. You might have already had a debate with your neighbor about it. While low prices are attractive you also need to consider the quality of the work and replacement parts. Sometimes replacement parts are not as durable as others and will require you to have it replaced on a regular basis. This can become more expensive than just paying the slightly higher price for the better-quality part from the beginning.

As a homeowner, you can see how important it is to hire a licensed plumber. It will keep your family safe, repair and replace parts, save you money and help you avoid a DIY mishap. Give us a call today for further assistance with all your plumbing needs.


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

 

 

Preparing Plumbing for Fall and Winter


South Florida isn’t known for its cold winters, but it is known for its holiday guests. If you have family that visits from out of town for the holiday season, chances are they are using the plumbing in your home. As a homeowner, you want to be prepared for holiday season guests. This includes preparing your plumbing for extensive use. The following tips will help you prevent plumbing issues during the holiday season.

  • Get started today – Begin by inspecting for signs of water damage, rust, and leaks in your home. Carefully inspect the walls, floors, carpeting, toilets, sinks and the water heater. If you see water stains on the walls or flooring, or puddles of water anywhere in your home, there is a leak somewhere that needs to be fixed.
  • Update fixtures – Install new faucets and shower heads throughout your home. It updates the look of the fixtures and lessens the risk of leaks developing like older fixtures can do with excessive use.
  • Install shower drain protectors – Holiday guests that stay in your home throughout the season will surely use the shower on a daily basis. This means hair can get clogged in the drain quicker than usual. Invest in shower drain protectors that act like a screen that catches hair before it goes down the drain and clogs the pipes. You can purchase these affordable clog preventers online or at your local home improvement store.
  • Water heater – The water heater is responsible for providing your household with warm water for showers, the dishwasher and more. Consider the age of the water heater and if it could last the season with a house full of visitors. Generally, if the water heater is older than seven years you should consider preventative maintenance or replacement. A licensed plumber will guide you on what option is best suited for the age and condition of the water heater.
  • Garbage disposal – You might have your family trained to only put specific items down the garbage disposal, but visitors might not know the rules. You can play it safe by asking visitors not to use the disposal or provide them with the rules. Either way, you want to clean the disposal before the visitors arrive to assure it is in proper working order. An easy remedy is allowing a half cup of white vinegar to soak in the drain where the garbage disposal is for about 10 minutes. Then flush it with hot tap water for about 2 minutes. This helps flush out sticky build-up and prevents clogged drains during the holiday season.

If you need further assistance preparing your home for the holiday season contact us today for an appointment. We have licensed professional plumbers ready to assist 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