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Video Camera Plumbing Inspections

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Video cameras are helping to take the guesswork out of the scenario for plumbers. In the past plumbers had to use a variety of inspection techniques that often led to misdiagnosis before locating the real problem. It wasn’t the fault of the plumber it was just part of the job. Today, video cameras are saving plumbers, homeowners and business owner’s time and money.

How do video inspections work?                       

Most pipes and sewer lines are underground making it difficult for plumbers to inspect. Sometimes they are under layers of cement underneath your home’s foundation. When a plumber conducts a video inspection they use a flexible rod that is capable of going into pipes from 2” to 36” in diameter. The flexible rod has a video camera secured to it that allows plumbers to see the pipes in the high-resolution footage. The plumber is capable of determining the condition of the pipes and recommending the exact solution to the problem.

Common Issues Video Inspections Reveal    

  • Rusted pipes
  • Broken pipes
  • Leaks
  • Punctured pipes
  • Corroded pipes
  • Grease buildup
  • Misaligned pipes
  • Tree roots interfering with piping
  • Rocks in Pipes

Almost every homeowner has experienced the moment when something valuable has fallen into the sink into an unreachable place. Often this valuable item is a ring or other type of jewelry. Panic immediately sets in and action is taken. Sometimes the surprise of the situation causes homeowners to take a negative action such as turning on the faucet. This only flushes the jewelry further into the pipes. Using a flashlight to locate the item is not even going to help at this point.

Some homeowners who are familiar with plumbing will remove the piping under the sink to try to locate the ring. However, most times it’s too late and the jewelry has already passed this point and entered further into the pipes. This is the perfect time to call the plumber for a video inspection. The rod with a camera installed to it will help locate the jewelry and assist the plumber in retrieving the item.

In addition to this scenario, video inspections are also capable of locating a variety of different issues that might have been overlooked in the past. If your home is experiencing frequent clogs, backups or slow drains contact a plumber today to pinpoint the problem and get it fixed immediately.


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Top 5 Tips to Stop Mold from Forming in Your Bathroom

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Do you suffer from allergy, respiratory problems or depression? Mold in your bathroom can be the cause. Mold is even known to cause symptoms in those who suffer from asthma. You might see mold growing in your bathroom. However, you don’t see the spores that come off of the mold clusters into the air causing you to inhale toxins. You can prevent mold from forming in your bathroom by following the tips below.

1 – Replace Shower Curtains – Do you have a plastic shower curtain that has mold forming at the bottom of it? Replace it with a fresh new one. Make it a regular habit to replace the shower curtain at the first sign of mildew or mold.

2 – Use a Dehumidifier – Most people know what a humidifier is but don’t realize there are “dehumidifiers” that are equally as useful. To create a dry environment invest in a dehumidifier and place it in your bathroom. Use it during and after a shower.

3 – Fix Plumbing Issues – Have a plumber come to your home to inspect for leaks and other issues that can promote mold growth. Make sure all plumbing issues are fixed and take measures to prevent them in the future.

4 – Open Windows – This tip is obvious but most people rarely open their windows. If you have a window in your bathroom it is an excellent option to help stop mold from forming. Open the window during and/or after you shower to release steam from your bathroom.

5 – Don’t Let Water Sit Around – Almost every family has the one person that leaves their soaking wet towel on the bathroom floor after they shower. This wet towel traps in moisture and leaks water onto the floor creating the perfect environment for mold to grow. Prevent this by explaining to your loved one that their towel is causing mold and bacteria exposure to the entire family. Then provide them with a special place to hang their wet towels so it can dry properly.

Keeping an eye out for leaks, moisture, and messy family members will help you pinpoint the key areas in your home where mold can form. Follow the tips above to prevent growth and always clean up any spills or water throughout the entire house. If you find mold in your house and don’t know the reason why contact a plumber immediately to find out.


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

 

 

How to Create a Dry Environment in Your Bathroom

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Let’s face it bathrooms go through a lot when it comes to humid environments. A family of four easily produces up to about 2 hours of humid temperatures daily from showering. Keeping the bathroom dry isn’t always easy. It’s often the top complaint homeowners mention to plumbers. Consider the following suggestions to create a dry environment in your bathroom.

  • Windows – Depending on the design of your bathroom you might already have a window or you can plan to install a small window. Open the window during and after showers to help release the steam and humidity levels in the bathroom.
  • Ventilator Fans – These fans are increasingly becoming popular in homes across South Florida. They are often installed in the ceiling of the bathroom and operate with a quick flick of a switch. You can even choose to connect it to your light switch. This will allow the fan to turn on along with the bathroom light. The fan helps to reduce moisture by pulling the humidity out of the bathroom creating a dryer environment.
  • Leave the Door Open – If you live alone or you are in a living situation that allows you to leave the bathroom door open while you shower, do it. The steam from the shower will go out the door into your hallway and home where dryer air already exists due to the use of air conditioning.

Remember anytime you see steam in your bathroom it is causing moisture to build up. If it doesn’t have an outlet such as a fan, open window or door, it is creating an environment that produces mold and bacteria. This situation can cause you and your family to become sick due to frequent exposure. A dry environment lessens the risk for mold buildup.

There has been a moment in every homeowner’s life when they postpone cleaning their bathroom for just a few days beyond their scheduled cleaning day. These few days can easily create mold that builds quickly and bacteria to spread throughout your bathroom. Keeping your bathroom environment dry helps to reduce this situation and perhaps allow you to have longer gaps between cleaning sessions.

If water leaks onto the floor when you shower remember to clean it up immediately with an absorbent mop or towel. Allowing water to pool and accumulate will create a damp environment for long periods of time. If you see mold in your bathroom and need to create a dry environment, contact a plumber for further details.


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