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Are There Really Chemicals in Tap Water?

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Have you ever had water from your faucet that smelled like bleach? That smell is actually a combination of a variety of chemicals used to kill microorganisms and bacteria in the water. Tap water can also contain pesticides, hormones, toxic metal salts, lead, protozoa, bacteria, and microbes. Some of these things can come from the pipes.

Chemicals in Tap Water                                                      

To provide “safe” drinking water for the public, most water supplies within the United States are treated with chlorine, fluoride and arsenic.

  • Chlorine – This is the bleach scent that makes your drinking water smell like pool water. It is used in water to kill specific types of bacteria. Once chlorine is in your body it bonds with other compounds which triggers the production of free radicals. As you may have heard, free radicals cause serious damage to the cells in your body.
  • Fluoride – Fluoride is actually one of the most toxic substances known to man. This is a scary fact when you realize that almost all toothpaste, including children’s brands, contain fluoride. Unfortunately, fluoride can also be found in baby formula and bottled water, as well as tap water. The government allows the addition of fluoride in tap water even though it is known to be more toxic than lead and as poisonous as arsenic.
  • Arsenic – According to the International Academy of Research on Cancer, arsenic is a Category I carcinogen cancer causing toxic heavy metal.

There are more than 80 contaminants in tap water throughout the United States. If you think about it deeply, you will realize that most people drink 8 glasses of water per day or more. This means people are consuming large amounts of toxic chemicals that are known for causing a variety of health issues.

This information often causes homeowners and those who drink water from the tap to become fearful. Obviously, it’s not healthy for human beings to drink tap water. In addition, some bottled drinking water has chemical as well. Be aware of false labeling on water bottles. The best option is to invest in a high quality water filter. You can find a variety of different designs and types on the market today.

Yes. There really are chemicals in tap water. While most chemicals used in tap water is meant to protect the public from bacteria and other harmful substances, the chemicals themselves are also unhealthy for people. Choose your drinking water wisely and be aware of what you put in your body to help lessen your risk of illnesses that stem from chemicals in drinking water.


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What To Do About a Noisy Faucet

Modern faucet with chrome or stainless steel finishing

Modern faucet with chrome or stainless steel finishing

Screech! What is that piercing noise? Is it coming from a faucet in your home? This common complaint is something homeowners have to deal with at some point. Noisy faucets can become bothersome to most families. Imagine having a conversation in the kitchen while you are doing the dishes and you can’t carry on a conversation with someone standing next to you. You can take control of the situation today by following the steps below.

  • Check the Aerator – Mineral deposits in the aerator is a common cause for a noisy faucet. To check the aerator, just unscrew it and run the faucet. Listen carefully while the faucet is running, if you don’t hear the loud noise anymore, it’s the aerator. You can fix problems by cleaning the aerator and re-attaching it to the faucet.
  • Invest in New Washers – Old washers are often the reason for noisy faucets. To replace washers, turn off the water supply first. Take the faucet apart, replace the washers then re-attach the faucet.
  • Check the Water Pressure – Sometimes high water pressure can cause loud noise in your faucet. You can test your residential plumbing pressure with a gauge found at your local hardware store. If the results of the test read over 80 psi, this is too high. You can have a pressure regulator installed on the main water line to help lessen the noise.
  • Replace Plumbing – If you have an older home, the pipes might be blocked due to debris which causes difficulty for water to get through. Sometimes the old pipes are also just too small. If this is your situation, you should contact a licensed plumber for further assistance.

Depending on your comfort level as a DIY homeowner, you might be able to handle the tasks above by yourself. However, if you are concerned or afraid you should always contact a professional plumber for further assistance. Sometimes the item you think is causing the noise could be something entirely different. It’s best to allow a professional to pinpoint the problem and provide suggestions for repair or replacement.

If the situation is as easy as replacing a washer on the faucet, you can always ask a neighbor or family member to assist you. Once you learn how to do it, the process is easier for you to do the next time the problem occurs. Take care of your noisy faucet today and begin enjoying having conversations in your kitchen again without all the loud noise.


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Since 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

How to Test Water Pressure

How to Test Water Pressure - Mokher Plumbing

How to Test Water Pressure – Mokher Plumbing


It has happened to almost every homeowner at some point. You or a family member is taking a shower and has shampoo and soap all over them and suddenly right as it’s time to rinse off, the water pressure drops and ruins the entire shower. At the other extreme, the water pressure can be too strong causing you to feel beat up by the water. This aggravating situation is often reported by many families in almost every neighborhood. Learn to test your water pressure in your home with these easy steps.

  • Purchase a Water Pressure Gauge Kit – Local hardware stores carry residential water pressure gauge kits. The generally come with adapters that fit on water outlets and residential hose bibs. Read the directions carefully because not all gauge kits are designed the same.
  • Select an Outlet to Test – If you use a well to supply water for your home you will want to choose a water outlet that is located near the pressure tank of the well. If your home receives water from a municipal water utility you will want select a water outlet closest to the water meter.
  • Turn Off Appliances – Remember to turn the dishwasher, refrigerator and other appliances that use water during the test. This will allow for an accurate reading.
  • Attach the Gauge – Carefully follow the instructions for your specific water pressure gauge and attach it to the water outlet.
  • Open the Valve – Open the water valve fully.
  • Read the Results – Read the gauge. Most will provide a reading below 50 psi or above 75 psi if you have a faulty pressure reducing valve.
  • Repeat – Turn off the water valve, wait a few minutes then repeat the test. This helps provide an accurate reading in case something went wrong the first time.

This process may be easy for some homeowners while others may feel overwhelmed. If you have just done the test and you find that there could be something wrong with your water pressure, you should contact a professional for further assistance. If you are the type of homeowner who gets overwhelmed doing tests and DIY projects, contacting a licensed professional is recommended.

As you know, water pressure is highly important to a home. Imagine trying to wash the dishes or take a shower in water that trickles out. It takes a lot of patience and time that most don’t have in their schedule. Keep your residential water pressure at its best by taking care of the situation immediately and contacting a professional when needed.

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Since 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