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Disposable Wipes Cause Plumbing Damage


Disposable wipes for babies have been around for generations. These helpful wipes are convenient and help make changing diapers easy and quick. Usually, these wipes are thrown into a trash can along with the dirty diaper. In recent years, the toilet paper industry has created wipes for adults that seem to be an added benefit in the bathroom. These adult wipes are also used to keep a person clean. However, most of these wipes get flushed down the toilet instead of disposed of in a trash can.

Flushing disposable adult wipes down the toilet began when labels on some of the packages said it was ok to do so. Unfortunately, not all wipes are made equally and people started flushing all exposable wipes down the toilet, including the ones for babies too. These wipes are often made of a specific material that absorbs and holds a cleaning liquid that helps make the wipes more powerful and useful.

However, these wipes are also responsible for clogging many pipes in homes throughout the United States. Homeowners are often surprised to learn the wipes were the cause since it was labeled “suitable to flush.” Unfortunately, these “flushable” wipes aren’t “one size fits all” when it comes to pipes and plumbing.

If you have already flushed disposable wipes down the toilet you need to stop immediately. It’s best to set up a small trash can with a top that is meant purposely for disposing of these wipes only instead. You can place the small trash can next to the toilet where it’s convenient and easy to reach from a sitting position on the toilet. Discourage everyone in your household and visitors from flushing disposable wipes down the toilet.

Have you noticed plumbing issues since you started flushing the wipes down the toilet? Have you observed any of the following?

  • Tiny bubbles forming immediately after flushing
  • The toilet bowl not filling up properly
  • The toilet bowl not flushing properly
  • Tiny pieces of toilet paper floating in the toilet after flushing

These are all signs of a clog in the pipes. Sometimes clogs can reach deep into the pipes and requires a plumber to use a specific tool to remove the wipes.

If you have experienced plumbing issues with your toilet due to wipes, contact us today for further assistance. Our friendly and professional staff are ready to help you today!


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How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Summer


South Florida has beautiful weather almost all year long. Even today’s weather feels like summer. But in reality, summer hasn’t quite arrived yet and it’s time to get prepared. Floridians are familiar with summer weather that involves bright sunshiny days along with tremendous thunderstorms, floods, and humidity. The following tips will help you prepare your plumbing for summer weather.

  • Inspect the Sprinkler System – If you have a yard, chances are you have a sprinkler system. These sprinklers will be running during summer not just to keep your yard hydrated but also to keep your lawn looking it’s best. If you live in a neighborhood that has an HOA, it’s mandatory that your lawn looks as perfect as possible. Check the sprinkler system by going to each individual sprinkler located in the yard. Inspect if the sprinkler has rust or if there is a puddle of water around the sprinkler. Any evidence of a puddle means a leak can be involved and needs to be fixed immediately.
  • Clean the Pool – Chances are you have already been enjoying the spring weather splashing around in your pool. It’s essential to have a professional plumber or pool service inspect the pool equipment to assure everything is running properly. If water is leaking from the pool equipment responsible for filtering or processing water, you need to get it fixed right away.
  • Check for Leaks – A small leak under the kitchen sink might not seem like an urgent issue to solve but it will be soon enough. A small leak can grow quickly and cause damage to the surrounding area of your home. For example, if you have wooden floors in your kitchen and the leak under the sink becomes serious it will flood onto your floors causing damage to the wood. This means you will need to fix the leak along with damage done to the flooring which can be quite expensive.
  • Clean all Drains – Use a half cup of white vinegar and pour it down the sink or shower drain. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes then flush with hot water for 2 minutes. The vinegar dissolves buildup on the pipes and helps keep the water flowing easily.

As a homeowner, you need to prepare for the summer by identifying and fixing all leaks in the house as well as cleaning the drains to keep the water flowing properly. It’s also an excellent time of year to update plumbing that requires an upgrade.


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How to Avoid Water Pressure Loss in Your Shower


What happened? Almost every homeowner has experienced loss of water pressure in the shower. It’s that moment when you suddenly realize there isn’t enough pressure to wash the soap and shampoo off your body so it takes you a long time as the water slowly drizzles out of the shower head. This situation usually spins homeowners into a frantic state of mind wondering if there is something seriously wrong. Before you investigate further, consider the following.

First look around and see if you have evidence of hard water. This is usually obvious because your shower tiles, shower curtain, and fixtures have water spots. Hard water often causes buildup inside shower heads that cause loss of water pressure.

Turn off the water and remove the shower head completely. Take a look at the shower head and inside the piping and connection area to see if you find grime, crust, and debris stuck inside. If so, this could be the main cause of the water pressure loss.

You can easily clean the shower head by soaking it fully submerged in a bucket of cleaning solution. A natural solution involves white vinegar mixed with water. The vinegar naturally removes the bacteria and debris buildup caused by the hard water.

If you have some stubborn debris that is stuck on and difficult to remove, use an old toothbrush to scrub and remove it fully. Once the showerhead is completely clean, re-install it and test it by turning on the shower. If the pressure improves you can breathe a sigh of relief because you fixed the issue. If not, you need to contact a plumber immediately for further assistance.

If hard water is an issue in your house and it’s the cause of water pressure loss you can prevent this from happening by investing in a water softening system. This type of system prevents the buildup of mineral deposits and water pressure loss. It is highly recommended for households that have hard water.

If you have experienced loss of water pressure in your shower and don’t know why, contact us today 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