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The Truth About Hard Water

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Homeowners across the United States are confronted with hard water on a daily basis. You might be asking, “What is hard water?” It is water that has high levels of mineral concentration such as magnesium and calcium. This is usually found in tap water in various regions throughout America. You might think someone is doing this to the water, but it is actually a natural phenomenon.

Water, especially tap water, is created as the water filters through the underground layers of mineral deposits in limestone. The particles collect and mix into the water. A collection of an excessive amount of minerals causes hard water. You might be drinking and showering in hard water without even realizing it.

Don’t Panic                                                                                          

At this moment you are probably thinking if you tasted hard water you would immediately spit it out. There’s a possibility you and your family might actually prefer the taste of the water. Remember, hard water contains minerals such as magnesium and calcium. These two items are actually recommended for daily consumption and to help maintain a healthy way of life. In addition, hard water is known for its low sodium content. This is good news for those with high blood pressure and for those that require a low sodium diet.

The Truth

How do you know if you have hard water? It’s easy to notice. Hard water leaves a white film on glasses and other items. It might be embarrassing when company arrives, but it is harmless. Another sign that you have hard water in your home is that your laundry looks dirty even though it’s clean and your clothes feel hard and scratchy.

While white film on drinking glasses and dirty looking laundry isn’t harmful, it’s another story for the plumbing. The film that appears on your glasses is also left behind in the water pipes located throughout your home. The hard water film will accumulate in the fixtures, pipes, and appliances that use water such as the dishwasher.

In addition to having a negative effect on your dishwasher and pipes, it also causes your hot water heater to work harder. The film creates a layer of insulation inside of the hot water heater which causes the heater to work double in order to maintain the same temperature. The hard water damage causes homeowners to have appliances maintained more often than if the home had soft water.

The film caused by hard water might not be harmful to your health, but it is harmful to your pipes. The minerals will build up over time causing issues with water pressure and flow. As the minerals build up within the pipes it creates an excellent breeding ground for bacteria to grow. The bacteria growth comes into contact with the tap water and can cause you and your family illness and health problems.

After learning the truth about hard water in your home, you might feel anxious and helpless. Don’t worry, you have the power to change it and protect your home and family from the negative effects of hard water. To make a change you can invest in a water softening system for your home. There is various water softening systems available. Take action today and protect your family from hard water by contacting Mokher Plumbing for 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

 

 

 

 

A New Outlook on Wastewater

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As a homeowner, you are most likely aware that your hot water heater uses the most energy in your home. This hot water is used for showering, cleaning dishes and washing clothes. In the current economy homeowners are adapting to the “waste not, want not” mentality. Surely, at some point, you have stood there and watched the hot water go down the drain and feel like your money is going along with it.

Engineers have been researching and testing new advancements to capture the energy that flows down the drains when the average homeowner uses hot water. They have discovered drain water heat recovery that can benefit homeowners across the nation.

The drain water heat recovery invention is capable of trapping the heat from the hot water before it flows down the drain to the sewer. Heat exchangers are used to contain the heat energy and store it for later use. This innovative idea is meant to be an addition to the hot water heater.

The new systems have their own storage tanks that preheat clean water that comes from appliances throughout your home. Since it helps to reduce the work of the hot water heater, it saves the homeowner money in the long run.

If you don’t feel comfortable with the fact that it stores water that has already been used in your home for further use, you can choose another design that works differently. These types of models work by trapping the energy and producing hot water directly through copper pipes. Whether you choose the tank model or the other model, you can be assured you are receiving clean water in both cases. You can feel comfortable setting your fear aside that you are using dirty water.

Drain water heat recovery is increasingly becoming popular among homeowners and communities across North America. The amount of savings it provides homeowners is attracting customers to this energy efficient option.

Engineers in Vancouver have taken it a bit further by designing and developing a sewage heat recovery system for the community. It is much larger in scale when compared to the average house model. However, it is already making a difference by providing heated hair to businesses and homes located nearby.

The surprising fact is that this one heating system is providing 70% of the energy needed in the area. Homeowners and business owners are shocked since this energy is coming from something that was previously known as waste water.

Think about this option carefully when you take your next shower. As you watch all of the wasted hot water going down the drain, think that it could be purified and reused again. This means you can also save money on your water bill as well as your electric bill.

Imagine if you can cut your electric bill down to half of what it is at this moment? Would you be interested in this type of energy saver? Saving money is the first thing that captures homeowner’s attention when it comes to wastewater. However, you can also enjoy the benefit of helping the earth. To learn more about drain water heat recovery or discuss similar options contact Mokher Plumbing for assistance 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

 

 

 

 

 

5 Best Water Saving Tips

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Water costs money! As a homeowner, you have most likely discovered a few ways to save water in order to lower your bill. If you haven’t, you certainly want to begin making changes right away. Do you have a big family? Or, a teenager that likes to take showers for one hour daily? If you answered yes, chances are your household is using more water than necessary. There are a variety of ways to reduce water use in your home. Below are the top 5 ways to save water.

1 – Use Water When Necessary                

Dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day. This means that everyone in your home is using the water to complete this task daily. Are any of them letting the water run while they are scrubbing their teeth? This clean water is flowing directly down the drain without even being touched once. Ask family members to turn off the faucet while they are brushing their teeth and only use it to rinse.

2 – Choose Showers over Baths

If you and your family members are capable of taking short showers, you can actually use less than taking a bath. Short showers use less water than actually filling up the bath tub. If you have young children that prefer to take baths you can purchase smaller tubs made specifically for children that fit inside the standard tub. Fill the smaller tub with water until the child graduates to taking showers.

3 – Use the Dishwasher    

Your mother probably told you to never use the dishwasher because it used too much water and electric. These days, dishwashers are energy efficient and only use the amount of water needed per cycle. This means that old fashioned dish washing in the sink actually uses more water compared to dishwashers. Invest in a good quality dishwasher machine to save water, money and time.

4 – Check for Leaks

A leaky faucet can cause more damage to your water bill then you think. If you hear drip, drip, drip coming from your faucets you are wasting water. If you are not sure how much water you are wasting, do a simple test to prove it. Place a large bowl under the leaky faucet for the entire night. When you wake up in the morning you will see how much wasted water accumulated overnight from a simple leak. You just paid for all of that water to go down the drain. Fix leaky faucets as soon as you discover the issue. Most leaky faucet issues can be solved with a quick trip to the hardware store and a DIY project.

5 – Recycle Rain Water

Do you have a beautiful yard or garden? How many times a week do you have to water it? You can save water by recycling rainwater in a bucket. Leave a bucket or two outdoors to collect rain water. Once the bucket is full immediately use it to water your plants and trees. Beware of standing water because mosquitoes can hatch quickly and cause health issues.

These 5 water saving tips are easy to do and will help you save water and money on a monthly basis. Put these tips to the test and begin making changes in your household today. If you suspect you have serious water leaks in your pipes or other areas of your home, contact a professional plumber to schedule an inspection.


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