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Tips for Preparing Your Plumbing for the Holidays  


The holiday season has officially arrived! This means family and friends will be visiting your house for holiday parties and your plumbing will be put through the test. Before the relatives arrive, there are a few things you can do as a homeowner to prepare your plumbing for what is to come during the holiday season. Continue reading below for helpful tips that will keep your plumbing running in tip-top shape throughout the season.  

  • Invest in thin toilet paper – Plumbing is sensitive and if your toilet is already prone to get clogged due to the use of too much toilet paper, you need to be prepared for guests. An excellent way to prevent clogs during the holidays is to purchase thin quality toilet paper. It flushes and breaks apart easily preventing clogs even if more than a normal amount is used.  
  • Clear the clogs in drains – Check the drains in your sinks and tubs for clogs. If the water is not flowing down the drain easily and quickly or if you hear a gurgling sound you need to unclog the drain. A simple plunge should clear out small clogs. However, serious clog issues should be handled by a professional plumber.  
  • Check the water heater– The water heater often hides safely behind a closet door and is forgotten about until there are issues with the hot water. Don’t take the chance of having hot water issues during the holidays. Check the date on your water heater to make sure it’s not too old. If your water heater is more than 7 years old have a professional plumber inspect it to see if part replacements are needed. Don’t wait to have a house full of guests from out of town that have to suffer through cold showers to call the plumber. Make sure you take care of the issue before your family and guests arrive.  
  • Clean the garbage disposal – Holidays involve a lot of cooking. If you have family and friends visiting that enjoy cooking your garbage disposal will definitely be used frequently. Start your holiday season by pouring one cup of white vinegar down the garbage disposal, allow it to sit for ten minutes then flush with hot water from the tap for one minute. This will clean debris, residue, oil, grease and more from your garbage disposal.  

If you are having plumbing issues or need assistance getting your plumbing ready for the holidays, call us today for an appointment.   


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How to Extend the Lifetime of Your Plumbing System 

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Homeowners usually don’t think about the plumbing in their home until disaster strikes. A broken water heater, clogged drains, running toilet or flooded house are the most common plumbing issues reported by homeowners. It’s essential to take care of the plumbing in your home to ensure it has a long lifetime and requires minimal maintenance and repairs. There are a few things you can do to extend the lifetime of your plumbing system.  

  • Check for leaks – Water leaks are the number one cause of increases in your water bill. Unfortunately, leaks can go undetected for long periods of time because they are quite small and leak slowly. An excellent example of a small leak is a drip coming from a faucet. If you were to put a bucket under a leaky faucet to collect the water you would be surprised how many gallons of water is wasted in a 24 hour period. Once you find a leak get it fixed immediately. Sometimes it’s as easy as replacing a part and other times it could be a serious issue.  
  • Check for running water – The toilet is usually the culprit of running water. If you notice your toilet constantly runs there is an issue with the internal part of the toilet tank. You can inspect the issue further by carefully removing the toilet tank lid and placing it on a flat surface. Take a look in the tank to observe if you see any rusted, broken or malfunctioning parts. Fixing the issue immediately will save you money on your water bill and help extend the lifetime of the other working parts in the tank.  
  • Invest in a plunger– Clogged drains are a common issue in households across the United States. Most of the time a quick plunge will remove the clog, and all is well. Other times a serious issue could be to blame which requires a professional plumber.  
  • Prevent clogs – You can help prevent clogs by avoiding putting starchy, greasy or large object down the garbage disposal. You can also invest in drain catchers that easily collect hair preventing it from going down the drain.  

Sometimes even when you try your best to prevent clogs, check for leaks, running water and more, there are still issues with your plumbing. Always consult with a professional for further assistance. If you need help with the plumbing in your home contact us today for an appointment.   

Can Disposable Wipes Cause Drain Clogs


Disposable wipes were created centuries ago for the purpose of cleaning babies. These wipes are usually disposed of in a trash can. In recent history, many adults began using the wipes on themselves to assure a clean feeling after using the restroom. Some toilet paper companies recognized the need for adult wipes and created their own line geared towards making life easier in the restroom. Unfortunately, many of these adult wipes get flushed down the toilet causing drains to clog.

Clogged Toilets

In the beginning stages of using wipes and flushing them down the toilet, you may not notice a difference in the plumbing. This often gives homeowners false security about flushing the wipes. Then the entire family begins flushing the wipes. After a while, you might notice the toilet getting clogged frequently. But, a quick plunge and all is back to normal is usually how the scenario goes.

The truth is, these beneficial wipes are actually clogging your pipes causing a variety of issues in your plumbing. Not only are you dealing with a constantly clogged toilet but you are causing other damage to your plumbing system that could get quite expensive if you don’t fix it immediately.

DIY Disaster

Homeowners who are familiar with solving minor plumbing issues in the home often feel confident in dealing with a clogged toilet. However, when wipes get too far in the pipes it needs professional attention. If you are a homeowner that keeps snaking your toilet on a regular basis, there is most likely a more serious clog further down the line. It is essential that you seek assistance from a professional plumber.

Trash Cans

Most homeowners decorate their bathrooms that create a serene environment. One of the most common objects left out of bathroom décor is small trash cans. Some homeowners don’t like to see trash in the bathroom. Luckily home décor manufacturers have heard the demand for bathroom trash cans that have lids. This means you can still continue to use your favorite wipes in the bathroom and dispose of them in the covered trash can. You can continue to flush toilet paper.

Many homeowners don’t like the idea of disposing wipes into a trash can due to sanitary reasons. This is understandable, but doing so will keep your plumbing running in good shape and save you money on plumbing repairs. Lining the trash can with a plastic bag and taking out to the trash on a daily basis is recommended. If you are already experiencing plumbing issues due to wipes call us today for further assistance.


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