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Top 3 Frequently Asked Plumbing Questions


What do I do now? This question is asked by homeowners every day. Plumbing is a complicated subject that homeowners often feel overwhelmed when a problem arises. Some homeowners prefer to solve plumbing problems by doing DIY projects, while others prefer to call the plumber immediately. The following 3 questions are the most common asked by homeowners.

  1. Do I need to hire a professional plumber?

Yes. Most homeowners don’t realize that leaks and other plumbing issues can quickly become worse and cause health hazards to everyone in their household. Mold can develop behind walls, ceilings, pipes, flooring and more. Exposure to toxic mold can hinder the health of some individuals. If you choose to do DIY plumbing projects, make sure you do it properly. If not, you can be putting your family at risk. If you are not familiar with plumbing you definitely need to hire a professional for further assistance.

  1. Why is there water near the water heater?

Homeowners are often filled with questions when they find water surrounding the water heater but no signs of leaks. This happens when the bottom of the water heater rusts and holes are created causing leaks. If you notice any water near your hot water heater call a plumber immediately. A professional plumber will confirm if you need to repair your or replace the water heater.

  1. Why does the toilet keep running?

If your toilet is running constantly there are issues in the tank causing the problem. This is something you need to fix immediately since it is also responsible for raising your water bill to heights homeowners don’t want to see. The first thing you want to do is remove the lid to the tank and take a look inside the tank. Sometimes the problem is as simple as the chain needing adjustment, while other times it can be parts that need replacement. Look for rust or broken parts in the tank. If you observe anything unusual contact a plumber for further assistance.

As a homeowner, you know that many other questions follow the three most common questions listed above. Remember if you are comfortable with conducting minor DIY plumbing projects you can fix a variety of issues in your house such as replacing a washer on the faucet or replacing small parts in the toilet tank. Even if you are highly skilled at these tasks, it’s always best to contact a plumber for any big issues such as unusual odors and leaks. Make an appointment today to assure your plumbing is working at its best!


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How to Prevent Clogged Pipes


Oh No! The pipes are clogged and water is building up in the shower or sink! What do I do now? Don’t panic. The first thing you need to do is focus on unclogging the pipes. Sometimes a simple session, using a plunger will do the trick and get the pipes flowing as usual. But, there are other times when you need to call in a professional for further assistance.

Causes of Clogged Pipes

  • Hair
  • Soap Buildup
  • Grease Buildup
  • Objects
  • Food Particles

Preventing Clogged Pipes

  • Drain Protectors – If hair is the cause of your clogged pipes invest in screen drain protectors. You can purchase these affordable gadgets online or at your local hardware and home repair store. You place the screen protectors over your shower drains to catch the hair. It is recommended that you clean them frequently such as once or week or more.
  • Use the Garbage Disposal Correctly – A garbage disposal is a valuable tool for households. It allows you to grind food instead of placing it in the garbage can which leads to odor and attracts pests such as roaches, ants, and rodents. Always flush the garbage disposal with water as you use it. Remember to cut large items into small pieces to make it easier for the garbage disposal to grind up the food.
  • Clean the Pipes Regularly – You can keep your pipes in top condition by keeping them clean and preventing them from forming soap and grease buildup. The following tip will help keep the pipes clean and prevent clogs.

Tip

Pour one cup of white vinegar down the drain and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse it with hot tap water for one minute. The vinegar breaks down grime and grease keeping the pipes clear and preventing clogs.

If you already have clogged pipes you will want to determine if it’s something you can unclog or something a professional should handle. For example, if you have a clogged shower drain due to hair building up in the pipes you might be able to fix it yourself by using the plunger and preventing it from happening again in the future.

However, if you are not sure what is causing the clog you need to contact a plumber immediately for further assistance. Keep your pipes clean and clear from clogs with the information listed above. If you need further assistance contact me, Chip Mokher today!


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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