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Common Causes of Toilet Clogs


Toilet clogs often happen by surprise. If you have ever been surprised that your toilet suddenly gets clogged and starts overflowing you are not alone. If you experience an overflowing toilet due to a clog you can stop the water immediately by turning off the water valve located behind the toilet or on the side of the toilet. This will help prevent any further flooding into your home. Now that you know how to stop a clogged toilet from overflowing, you can find out the common causes of toilet clogs listed below.

  • Toilet paper – This is the most frequent cause of a clogged toilet. Using too much toilet paper or toilet paper that is too thick can easily clog the toilet. Homeowners who have young children often experience a clogged toilet due to too much toilet paper because their little one decided to flush it all down the toilet for fun.
  • Hair – Some homeowners clean out their hairbrush and flush it down the toilet. It might seem like a great idea at the time. But, it actually has the potential to accumulate in the pipes and cause a clog. It’s recommended to dispose of hair in the trash instead.
  • Fresheners – Toilet bowl fresheners have been around for decades and they keep improving them as the years go forward. These helpful fresheners are well-liked and used on a frequent basis in bathrooms across the United States. However, there are moments when these good smelling fresheners accidentally fall into the toilet and get flushed into the pipes. Sometimes this causes a clog plus has the potential to damage pipes. If you use a toilet freshener that is secured by plastic on the side of your toilet, make sure the plastic holder is secured properly.
  • Feminine products – Most women know not to flush sanitary napkins or feminine products down the toilet. However, there are moments when it happens by accident. These products are not designed to easily glide down the toilet and pipes. Always avoid flushing them down the toilet. But, if it does happen, you need to contact a plumber immediately to have the item removed from the pipes.

As you can see there are a variety of ways a toilet can get clogged. Plumbers often report retrieving items such as children’s toys from clogged toilets. Whatever is causing the clog in your toilet needs to be removed immediately. Contact us today for further assistance!


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Money Saving Water Conservation Tips for Floridians


Floridians now understand the importance of water conservation. Similarly, California has made some big changes the Sunshine State can learn from. Both states suffer from droughts. Current maximum flow rates for urinals, residential and kitchen faucets, capping out at a usage of 2.2 gallons per minute (GPM), potentially saving nearly 100 billion gallons per year.

It is recommended to contact a plumber as soon as you notice leaks. Even a slow drip from your showerhead can quickly add up to wasted water and dollars on your water bill. If the dripping persists, call an Mokher Plumbing to inspect the suspected problem.

There are many plumbing fixtures that can be installed by the homeowner or by a professional plumber. These plumbing fixtures can help you save hundreds of dollars per year:

High Efficiency Toilet (HET)

Replacing your old toilet, pre-2006, to a newer model is one of the best ways to conserve water. Newer toilets consumes about 3.5 gallons of water per flush instead of 7 gallons per flush in older toilets. A high-efficiency toilet sits around 1.3 GPF. Choose brands with the WaterSense label as they undergo testing for maximum performance and water conservation. Keep in mind that less water does not mean a lesser flush.

Performance Showerheads

Performance showerheads reduce water down to about 1.75 GPM.  The difference may not seem substantial at first, but it adds up over time and will be most obvious when you see a smaller water bill each month.

Water-Saving Faucets

When it comes to faucets, less water does not necessarily mean a less-powerful product. Water-saving faucets can help you drop your water consumption from 2.2 GPM to 1.5 GPM.

Shower Flow-Regulator

If you are not ready to change your current showerhead, consider a shower flow regulator. That allows you to receive the benefits of lower water consumption without a complete upgrade of your shower’s fixtures. A shower flow-regulator lets you slow water to a trickle while lathering up or shampooing while taking a shower.

Dual Flush Toilets

While the name implies more water will be used, the dual flush toilet offers two different flushes, a half, full or a flush that you can customize. This will help you from flushing more water than needed.

Florida Leads in Water Efficiency

There is no current legislation regarding plumbing fixtures in the State of Florida, but the Sunshine State does lead the South in water efficiency. Plumbing professionals believe that the use of water-efficient plumbing technologies have contributed to the increased efficiency. In addition to plumbing fixture upgrades, Floridians can practice these simple conservation tips at home:

  • Lather up hands in soap before turning on the water.
  • Turn off the water while brushing their teeth.
  • Take shorter showers.

If you are unsure which plumbing product to upgrade, make an appointment for a consultation with our plumbers. Our plumbers can give you recommendations on how to help your plumbing become as efficient as possible. 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

 

 

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