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The Truth Behind Public Bathrooms


Plumbers get called to fix public restrooms on a regular basis. There are a variety of issues that require a professional such as leaky toilets, faucets, and cracked toilet bowls. While plumbers are fixing and maintaining public bathrooms, the public fears using them due to myths about bacteria and germs. Continue reading to find out the truth behind public bathrooms.

Myth #1 – You Can Catch a Disease from Public Restrooms

On rare occasions, there have been reports of people developing illnesses due to contact with an infected surface in a public bathroom. However, those with a healthy immune system are often able to fight off any germ they come in contact with while visiting a public toilet. Those who have a compromised and weak immune systems are more likely to “catch” something if they don’t take the regular precautions of washing hands with warm water and antibacterial soap.

Myth #2 – The Toilet Seat is the Dirtiest Object in the Bathroom

People worldwide take protective measures when it comes to touching the toilet seat. Most restrooms provide toilet seat covers due to this common myth. The truth is, since most people don’t come into contact with the toilet seat, it’s not as dangerous as you think it is. A common item that people tend to forget about is the toilet paper itself. You use the toilet paper to cover the toilet seat and to wipe yourself. But did you realize that the person before you most likely touched the toilet paper with their dirty hands after whipping themselves? This bacteria comes into contact with your skin and can spread illness. To prevent this from happening to you, carefully tear the tip of the toilet paper without touching it directly and throw it in the trash.

Myth #3 – Flushing the Toilet throws Bacteria on You

Truth. This myth is true. Public restrooms don’t have lids for the toilet seats. This means flushing the toilet pushes air from the force of the flush into the stall and spreads bacteria from the toilet. The best way to avoid this is to open the stall door first, then flush the toilet and leave the stall quickly.

Due to these gross and scary myths about public restrooms most people have developed a safety routine when visiting public restrooms. Remember, if you have a healthy immune system, wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap, plus avoid contact with germ infested toilet paper and seats. You can also avoid spreading bacteria in your home bathroom by putting the lid down on the toilet and fixing any plumbing issues. If you need the assistance of a plumber, contact us today!


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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.


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

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