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Prepare Your Pool for the Winter

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South Florida is not known for freezing winter weather. It’s actually the one location people that live in the north flock to during the winter season. Miami is famous for its fabulous weather, palm trees, beaches and good food. Residents of South Florida realize how lucky they are to live in a fantastic location. The secret some snowbirds don’t know is that cool weather arrives in South Florida too.

Homeowners that have a pool are well aware of the cooler weather and the effects it causes to the area. Trees lose leaves and gusts of wind push leaves, twigs and debris into the pool. There are a variety of things you can do during the winter season that will keep your pool safe and clean.

  • Invest in a Cover – A pool cover protects debris from going into the water. This is one of the easiest ways to protect your pool.
  • Clean the Water – If cleaning your pool is a favorite hobby that helps you relax, you can choose to clean it manually. Use a large net or device specifically made to clean pools. Some pool owners take pride in their cleaning skills and actually make it part of their daily or weekly schedule.
  • Adjust the pH Level – Speak to your pool service regarding the pH level for the season. Some pools require adjustments while others might not. A professional pool service technician will determine the best option for your specific type of pool.
  • Remove Accessories – You most likely have a variety of pool accessories, floats, toys and other items. Remove these items from the pool after use. Allowing items to remain in the water increases the risk of bacteria growth on the object. It also increases your risk to exposure and direct skin contact with the bacteria which can cause skin and health issues.

Cool weather in South Florida usually keeps everyone out of the pool. Although the cold weather might only last a few weeks, it’s still important to maintain the condition of your pool. Ignoring your pool for just a few weeks can cause bacteria buildup and unhealthy conditions.

Allowing debris to fall into the water and deteriorate can cause the pH levels to change. Investing in a pool cover will prevent you from having to go outside to clean your pool. Regular pool maintenance is recommended all year to prevent serious issues and problems with your pool.


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Quick Guide to Finding Water Leaks

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Is your water bill higher than ever? Homeowners stress out when they realize their water bill has increased significantly without warning. There are a variety of reasons that can cause a high water bill, such as increased pricing from the water company. However, a large hike in your water bill can be a sign of a water leak. Find out if you have a water leak on your property by following the suggestions below.

  • Check the Yard – The first place you should check is outdoors in your yard. Walk around your yard looking for puddles of water or moist soil or grass in a specific area. Sometimes the leak can come from the pipes underneath the ground. Check each sprinkler head to see if water is consistently leaking from any of them. This is a sign the sprinkler system needs to be fixed. If you have a swimming pool it is important to check for leaks near the pump area.
  • Check the Hot Water Tank Pressure Relief Valve – Locate your hot water heater and find the pressure relief valve. Listen for a hissing sound or visual signs of a water leak. A strong smell and visual signs of mold are an indication there is a water leak nearby.
  • Check the Toilets – Listen carefully for the sound of running water or hissing. Remove the top of the back of the tank and place a few drops of food coloring into the tank. Try to use a dark color like blue or green. Don’t flush or use the toilet for 10 minutes. Check the water in the toilet bowl to see if the food coloring is visible. This will prove you have a leak in the flapper at the bottom of the tank.
  • Check the Shower Heads and Faucets – Carefully inspect the sink faucets in the kitchen and bathrooms. If there are noticeable drops or rust, this is a sign of a water leak. Also, check the shower heads for the same signs. Sometimes this is an easy fix that can be solved with a quick DIY project.

Water leaks generally start out small. Keep a good eye on your water bill to see if it is consistently rising over a period of time. Check for leaks in various areas of your house and yard on a regular basis. Fixing leaks immediately are essential to saving money. Do you have water leaks in your home? Contact a plumber and start saving money today!


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

 

 

 

Putting Off Plumbing Problems can Cost You More

putting off plumbing shutterstock_76813990Drip, drip, drip! The common sound of a leaky faucet can drive homeowners crazy. Everyone has a busy schedule these days and fixing a leaky faucet is not on the agenda for most homeowners. Often, homeowners consider leaky faucets and other minor plumbing issues to be minor problems. However, these small problems lead into an expensive repair if repair is put off for too long.

As soon as you notice a water leak in your home you should get it fixed immediately, even if it’s just a small repair. You may wonder how a little leaky faucet can cost you money. One leaky faucet can add more than 10,000 gallons of water to your bill each year. Just think if you have two or more leaky faucets in your home, what will it cost you?

Let’s explore this situation a bit further. Let’s say the back of your toilet is leaking water. Your immediate solution is to put a bucket to catch the water. At this point you should contact a plumber for repairs. But, you don’t because you have a busy schedule that week and you post pone the repair until the following week and so on. One day you have to work late and there is nobody at home to empty the bucket. Once you arrive home you realize the bucket that was catching all the water has leaked all over the bathroom floor and continued out into the hallway damaging your carpet.

This wet carpet will remain wet and damp for days causing mildew to grow underneath the surface. The odor of wet carpet lasts weeks no matter what you try to spray on it or use as a room deodorizer. Soon you and your family begin sneezing and having respiratory issues. After careful inspection you realize the mold under the carpet has spread farther down the hallway and forces you to replace the carpet in the entire hallway.

This common situation has gone from a quick, inexpensive repair to a costly mess. Once you add repairing the leak that has become worse since you first found it, the new carpet, labor for installation and doctor bills for your entire family due to allergies and respiratory issues caused by the mold, your total can easily reach hundreds of dollars.

This is just one scenario that homeowners have the ability to avoid by getting plumbing problems fixed immediately. A quick call to the plumber can actually save you money. Avoid putting off plumbing issues to prevent higher costs and a negative impact on your budget.


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