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Top 3 Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions


What do I do now? This question is asked by homeowners every day. Plumbing is a complicated subject that homeowners often feel overwhelmed when a problem arises. Some homeowners prefer to solve plumbing problems by doing DIY projects, while others prefer to call the plumber immediately. The following 3 questions are the most common asked by homeowners.

  1. Do I need to hire a professional plumber?

Yes. Most homeowners don’t realize that leaks and other plumbing issues can quickly become worse and cause health hazards to everyone in their household. Mold can develop behind walls, ceilings, pipes, flooring and more. Exposure to toxic mold can hinder the health of some individuals. If you choose to do DIY plumbing projects, make sure you do it properly. If not, you can be putting your family at risk. If you are not familiar with plumbing you definitely need to hire a professional for further assistance.

  1. Why is there water near the water heater?

Homeowners are often filled with questions when they find water surrounding the water heater but no signs of leaks. This happens when the bottom of the water heater rusts and holes are created causing leaks. If you notice any water near your hot water heater call a plumber immediately. A professional plumber will confirm if you need to repair your or replace the water heater.

  1. Why does the toilet keep running?

If your toilet is running constantly there are issues in the tank causing the problem. This is something you need to fix immediately since it is also responsible for raising your water bill to heights homeowners don’t want to see. The first thing you want to do is remove the lid to the tank and take a look inside the tank. Sometimes the problem is as simple as the chain needing adjustment, while other times it can be parts that need replacement. Look for rust or broken parts in the tank. If you observe anything unusual contact a plumber for further assistance.

As a homeowner, you know that many other questions follow the three most common questions listed above. Remember if you are comfortable with conducting minor DIY plumbing projects you can fix a variety of issues in your house such as replacing a washer on the faucet or replacing small parts in the toilet tank. Even if you are highly skilled at these tasks, it’s always best to contact a plumber for any big issues such as unusual odors and leaks. Make an appointment today to assure your plumbing is working at its best!


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How to Prevent Clogged Pipes


Oh No! The pipes are clogged and water is building up in the shower or sink! What do I do now? Don’t panic. The first thing you need to do is focus on unclogging the pipes. Sometimes a simple session, using a plunger will do the trick and get the pipes flowing as usual. But, there are other times when you need to call in a professional for further assistance.

Causes of Clogged Pipes

  • Hair
  • Soap Buildup
  • Grease Buildup
  • Objects
  • Food Particles

Preventing Clogged Pipes

  • Drain Protectors – If hair is the cause of your clogged pipes invest in screen drain protectors. You can purchase these affordable gadgets online or at your local hardware and home repair store. You place the screen protectors over your shower drains to catch the hair. It is recommended that you clean them frequently such as once or week or more.
  • Use the Garbage Disposal Correctly – A garbage disposal is a valuable tool for households. It allows you to grind food instead of placing it in the garbage can which leads to odor and attracts pests such as roaches, ants, and rodents. Always flush the garbage disposal with water as you use it. Remember to cut large items into small pieces to make it easier for the garbage disposal to grind up the food.
  • Clean the Pipes Regularly – You can keep your pipes in top condition by keeping them clean and preventing them from forming soap and grease buildup. The following tip will help keep the pipes clean and prevent clogs.

Tip

Pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse it with hot tap water for one minute. The vinegar breaks down grime and grease keeping the pipes clear and preventing clogs.

If you already have clogged pipes you will want to determine if it’s something you can unclog or something a professional should handle. For example, if you have a clogged shower drain due to hair building up in the pipes you might be able to fix it yourself by using the plunger and preventing it from happening again in the future.

However, if you are not sure what is causing the clog you need to contact a plumber immediately for further assistance. Keep your pipes clean and clear from clogs with the information listed above. If you need further assistance contact me, Chip Mokher today!


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How to Prevent Limescale


Limescale is a hard-white crust that forms on faucets, sinks and various areas throughout your house. It often takes homeowners by surprise when they see white crust and don’t know where it came from. Hard water picks up minerals as it processes through limestone and chalk porous rock and develops on surfaces when standing hard water evaporates. If you notice limescale in your home consider the following tips to prevent it from reoccurring.

Why You Need to Remove Limescale

  • It causes dull or dry hair
  • Irritates sensitive skin
  • Causes the growth of bacteria in drinking water pipes
  • Increased heating costs
  • Loss of energy in hot water systems
  • Low water pressure
  • Dirty looking clothes even if you wash them twice with detergent
  • Frequent replacement or repairs on appliances throughout the house

Remove and Prevent Limescale

  • Soften Water – You can purchase water softeners online or at your local home repair store. Water softeners prevent hard water from appearing on surfaces.
  • Chemical Inhibitors – If you have a central heating system ask the plumber to add a specifically designed chemical inhibitor to prevent limescale.
  • Carbon Filters – Use carbon filters to soften water and provide clean drinking water. You can choose to use filters directly on the tap faucet or use jugs. You can purchase carbon filters at grocery stores and online.
  • Magnetic Descaler – This beneficial device clamps onto the outside of pipework and uses a magnetic field to alter the characteristics of the minerals found in hard water.
  • Softener Tablets – If your clothes look dirty after washing them you can improve the look of your clothes by using softener tablets. Non-precipitating softener tablets prevent limescale by blocking the internal workings of most washing machines.

How to Remove Limescale

Tea Kettles are known to develop limescale due to repeated use without washing. Most tea kettle owners wash it about once per week since they only boil water in it. If you have limescale build up in your tea kettle use a half a cup of white vinegar and a half a cup of water. Bring it to a boil, remove from burner and let stand during the night.

If your tiles, taps, shower heads, and other surfaces have evidence of limescale you can remove it with a DIY mildly acidic mixture. Lemon juice or white vinegar will remove limescale. Soak the surface with the lemon juice or vinegar and scrub until stains are removed.


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