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Preparing Plumbing for Fall and Winter


South Florida isn’t known for its cold winters, but it is known for its holiday guests. If you have family that visits from out of town for the holiday season, chances are they are using the plumbing in your home. As a homeowner, you want to be prepared for holiday season guests. This includes preparing your plumbing for extensive use. The following tips will help you prevent plumbing issues during the holiday season.

  • Get started today – Begin by inspecting for signs of water damage, rust, and leaks in your home. Carefully inspect the walls, floors, carpeting, toilets, sinks and the water heater. If you see water stains on the walls or flooring, or puddles of water anywhere in your home, there is a leak somewhere that needs to be fixed.
  • Update fixtures – Install new faucets and shower heads throughout your home. It updates the look of the fixtures and lessens the risk of leaks developing like older fixtures can do with excessive use.
  • Install shower drain protectors – Holiday guests that stay in your home throughout the season will surely use the shower on a daily basis. This means hair can get clogged in the drain quicker than usual. Invest in shower drain protectors that act like a screen that catches hair before it goes down the drain and clogs the pipes. You can purchase these affordable clog preventers online or at your local home improvement store.
  • Water heater – The water heater is responsible for providing your household with warm water for showers, the dishwasher and more. Consider the age of the water heater and if it could last the season with a house full of visitors. Generally, if the water heater is older than seven years you should consider preventative maintenance or replacement. A licensed plumber will guide you on what option is best suited for the age and condition of the water heater.
  • Garbage disposal – You might have your family trained to only put specific items down the garbage disposal, but visitors might not know the rules. You can play it safe by asking visitors not to use the disposal or provide them with the rules. Either way, you want to clean the disposal before the visitors arrive to assure it is in proper working order. An easy remedy is allowing a half cup of white vinegar to soak in the drain where the garbage disposal is for about 10 minutes. Then flush it with hot tap water for about 2 minutes. This helps flush out sticky build-up and prevents clogged drains during the holiday season.

If you need further assistance preparing your home for the holiday season contact us today for an appointment. We have licensed professional plumbers ready to assist you!


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Rusty Water: Find the Source


Homeowners count on their tap water to be clear and clean for drinking and showering. But, what happens when you notice the water has a colorful tint to it? Or, the taste seems a bit off? Generally, rusty water could originate from the public water supply. But, chances are the issue is coming from inside your home.

Find the Source of the Rusty Water

Since you can’t drive down to the public water supply location and test the water, you need to find out if the issue is coming from inside your home. Begin your investigation by going to the water fixture where you noticed the discolored water first. Fill a drinking glass with cold water and set it on the counter. Then go to all the water fixtures in the house such as sinks and showers to collect the same samples. Place all of the glasses on the counter and compare the color. If they all look the same color chances are the issue is coming from the local water supply.

If only one of the samples is showing discolored water the issue is in your home where that water sample was taken. This helps you narrow down the area so you can contact a professional plumber for further assistance.

The Outcome

A plumber will guide your further to fixing the issue causing the rusty water. However, if the issue is coming from the public water supply, you need to contact the public water authority to alert them of the issue. Often this issue is due to corrosion of the pipes. An extensive pipe replacement project needs to be conducted as quickly as possible.

If the rusted water is affecting your drinking water it is best to purchase bottled water until the issue is fixed. Taking shorter showers and minimizing your exposure to the water is also recommended.

A common culprit for rusted water is the water heater. This option often goes undetected since it is usually hidden behind closed doors. If you suspect the water heater has rust, you should inspect it immediately. Look for signs of leaking or small orange rust stains along the top, edges, side, and bottom of the hot water heater. Any sign of rust should be taken into consideration immediately. The water heater should be replaced first, before the contacting the water authorities. Get a professional opinion by making an appointment with us today!


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How to Avoid Water Pressure Loss in Your Shower


Homeowners often become surprised when their shower suddenly loses pressure. Many immediately think there is a huge issue going on behind the scenes. It’s important to find the root cause of the problem and get it fixed by a professional. The following information will help you prevent water pressure loss in the future.

Pressure Balancing Valve

Before you panic at the first sign of water pressure loss, there is usually a simple explanation. New shower head models often adjust water pressure automatically, which can cause a brief fluctuation in water pressure. This usually goes on while you are showering, but quickly fixes itself.

Another common issue is when someone flushes the toilet at the same someone else is in the shower. Generally, this is due to nearby fixtures causing water pressure interruptions. It’s most common for showers that have a single handle or knob that controls both the water flow and temperature. Investing in a thermostatic mixing valve that provides separate controls for water pressure and the temperature is recommended to prevent pressure loss.

Pipe Issues

Remember earlier in this article it was mentioned that homeowners often think the worst-case scenario about issues hidden behind the scenes. Sometimes this concern becomes a reality. Obstructed and broken pipes are known to cause low water pressure. It’s recommended to search the floors, walls, and ceilings for water stains. This is a sign there are broken or leaky pipes causing the issue. To prevent water pressure loss in your home you should have the pipes inspected by a professional.

Clogged Showerhead or Pipe

Homeowners that realize it’s a clogged pipe or showerhead causing the issue are often relieved it’s a simple issue. To prevent water pressure loss remove the shower head and soak it in a cleaning solution for 10 minutes. Then use a toothbrush to scrub away stains, bacteria and debris often caused by hard water.

Another prevention tip involves installing a water softening system to help prevent the accumulation of mineral deposits from hard water to form in the pipes. This is especially recommended for homeowners who have hard water.

Whether you have located the cause of the water pressure loss or not, it’s important that you contact a professional for further assistance. A leaky or broken pipe that doesn’t get fixed can cause bacteria and mold to grow, plus cause damage to the walls, flooring and more. Take action today by calling now to make an appointment.


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