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Overflowing Toilet: Learn How to Stop it

Oh no! The toilet is overflowing! Quick do something! This is almost every homeowner’s reaction to an overflowing toilet. Your quick action is essential to solving this issue before feces and bacteria spread in your bathroom and hallway. The following details will help you stop the overflow quickly.

  • Shut the Water Off – Some homeowners don’t know what to do when the toilet overflows. You might reach for the plunger, put towels on the floor or try to flush the toilet again. The first thing you should do is stop the water from flowing into the toilet any further. You can do this by locating the toilets main shutoff valve and turn it to the off position. Stopping the water flow should always be your first goal in this type of situation. The towels and plunger will come in handy later.
  • Close the Flapper – Since many homeowners don’t usually touch the main shutoff valve to the toilet it often is difficult to turn when the time comes. An excellent way to prevent the valve from getting stuck in the on position is to turn it on and off for a brief moment once per month. However, if the shutoff valve is already stuck or rusted into position, you have an alternative method that will help you. This quick and easy method involves removing the top of the toilet tank and reaching in to force the flapper closed. This will prevent any further water from entering into the toilet.
  • Reach for the plunger – Sometimes a toilet gets clogged due to too much toilet paper or waste entering the pipes at the same time. If you have young children, they might have flushed their favorite toy down the toilet just for fun. Whatever the reason is for the clogged toilet, a few sessions using the plunger will usually solve the situation.

If you have done the steps listed above and your toilet still doesn’t work properly, it could be a sign of a more serious situation. If your toilet overflows on a regular basis without a known cause, you should contact a professional immediately.

Remember a frequently clogged toilet can cause many problems in your home. First, it can spread bacteria caused by exposure to fecal matter which can make your family sick. A professional plumber will pinpoint the issue and determine if the issue originates in your home or in the city sewer system. Resolving plumbing issues is essential to preventing further damage and costly expenses in the future.


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Spring Plumbing Tips

Spring has arrived in South Florida. This means you need to do some spring cleaning. While you and your family are busy cleaning the house and organizing the closets, your plumbing is screaming for attention too. Cleaning pipes and checking for leaks might be the last thing you want to do, but it could help prevent plumbing issues. Follow the quick and easy plumbing tips below to help prevent expensive plumbing issues this spring.

  • Start Outside – Clean gutters, yard drains, and down spouts. You will be surprised to find a large amount of debris stuck in the gutters.
  • Check for Leaks – Inspect under sinks and faucets for leaks.
  • Replace the Water Heater – If your water heater has leaks or is more than 15 years old you should replace it immediately. If you are not sure of the age you check the serial number. Most water heaters have the date included in the first four numbers of the serial number. The month is listed first, then the year.
  • Check the Water Heater Temperature – Cooler weather might have caused you to higher the temperature of the water heater. Since spring has arrived you should set the water heater no higher than 120 F. This helps reduce energy use and saves money.
  • Check the Toilets – All toilets in the house should flush properly. This means if you need to do any tricks such as jiggle the handle to get the toilet to flush properly there might be an issue. Remove the toilet tank and check the parts in the tank. If any are rusted or broken you need to replace them as soon as possible.
  • Check Water Valves – The water supply valves are often located under the sink or on the side of the toilet. Most homeowners don’t pay any attention to these valves until there is a problem. This often causes the valves to freeze and stick in the “on” position which makes it difficult to turn them off in emergency situations. Turn the water supply valves on and off briefly once per month to assure they are in good working order.
  • Inspect Toilets – Closely inspect toilet bowls and tanks for cracks. Using a flashlight helps see small cracks easier. If you notice any cracks you should replace the toilet as soon as possible.

These quick and easy spring plumbing tips will help prevent issues from arising throughout the season. Conducting a plumbing inspection on a regular basis, preferably every season, will save you money in the long run. If you found any leaks or plumbing issues contact me, Chip Mokher, your professional plumber 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

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Best Tips to Fix a Running Toilet

What’s that noise? Is it running water? Homeowners are often caught off guard when they hear running water in their bathroom. The first fear is the possibility of the toilet overflowing, but it usually doesn’t. Now what? You want to fix this problem as soon as possible since it could waste up to 10,000 gallons of water annually. There are a few things you can do to fix the constant running water.

  • Check Under the Lid – The first thing you want to do is carefully remove the lid and set it on a safe flat surface. Then you need to look in the tank to see if any of the parts are broken. If this is the case, those parts need to be replaced immediately.
  • Chain Stuck on the Flapper – Check if the chain is stuck on the flapper. You can solve this issue easily by shortening it.
  • Loose Flapper Hinge – If you notice a hinge has become loose, just reattach it.
  • Align the Flapper – If you notice the flapper is not aligning properly with the opening you need to adjust it.
  • Hole in the Floater Ball – A waterlogged float ball can cause overflowing. You can test the float ball by unscrewing it and giving it a few shakes. If you hear water inside of the ball it needs to be replaced.
  • Inspect the Flapper – Carefully look at the flapper to see if the seal is still good or is damaged. If you need to replace the flapper you can do it easily. First, you want to turn off the shut-off valve. It is usually located behind the toilet. Then you need to flush the toilet so the tank appears empty. This gives you room to work without submerging your hands and arms in the water. It also allows you to install the flapper properly. Next, you need to detach the flapper by popping it off the hinges and removing it from the chain. Finally, attach the new flapper properly and turning the shut-off valve back on.

Once you have inspected the parts in the tank and attempted to fix the issue it should be repaired. However, if you find that the toilet is still running after you already fixed it, you need to contact a plumber for further assistance. Since plumbing is often hidden behind walls, it is difficult to see or locate problems. A professional plumber will be able to troubleshoot the issue, locate the source of the problem and offer options to repair it. Don’t hesitate, call Mokher Plumbing 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

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