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The Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning


Have you ever heard of professional drain cleaning? Homeowners often wonder if it’s necessary. Professional drain cleaning is a process that a professional plumber does to clean the drains in homes within the United States. Drains can become clogged for many reasons, the most common are hair, cooking oil, food and mineral buildup. These substances are often difficult to remove by simply doing the standard procedure to unclog a drain. Professional drain cleaning removes the items mentioned above and provides the following benefits.

  • You Save Money – Saving money is one topic all homeowners like to hear. It is true that a plumbing service will charge a fee to professionally clean the drain, but it’s going to save you a lot of money in the long run. For example, you might have experienced a clogged drain in your home at some point.

You probably ran out to the local store and purchased liquid cleansers that promise to unclog the drain. But, the first bottle didn’t work. So, you went out and purchased a few more, plus a plunger. Then in the process of unclogging the drain, you most likely damaged your pipes with all of the harsh chemicals in the liquid cleansers. Then you had to pay more money to fix or replace the pipes. All of this surely costs more than getting a professional drain cleaning.

  • Lessens the Risk of Clogged Drains – Clogged drains can become a larger problem if not fixed immediately. Have you ever had a clogged drain that overflowed into the bathroom or kitchen? Did it ruin your floors? Or cause mildew to grow? These are common issues that arise from a clogged drain. A professional drain cleaning will lessen the risk of frequently clogged drains.
  • Prevent Mildew and Bacteria Buildup – A hidden problem that many homeowners don’t think about is that bacteria and mildew grow at a rapid pace. This means if you have a clogged drain for five days and you don’t fix it, bacteria and mildew are most likely growing. This causes odor and exposure to harmful bacteria. A professional drain cleaning will remove all sludge, mildew, and bacteria from the drain.

Clogged drains should be taken care of immediately. As a homeowner, you know that one small problem can cause many larger problems throughout your home. It’s best to fix issues as quickly as possible to prevent an expensive situation later. Take action today and contact me, Chip Mokher 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

Tips for Caring for Your Dishwasher

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Homeowners that have a dishwasher understand just how important this appliance is to their family. It saves time and energy, and sometimes it even saves money. Dishwashers have become a must-have appliance for most homeowners. But, some wonder how to care for their dishwasher to assure it lasts many years. Consider the valuable tips below when taking care of your dishwasher.

  • Avoid Overloading – Homeowner’s with a large family or those that use a lot of dishes and cookware often overload their dishwasher. Stuffing your dishwasher with too many dishes, pots, pans and silverware will prevent the dishes from becoming clean. The overcrowding prevents proper placement and causes restricted spray patterns. Meaning the water doesn’t reach all the dishes. The main sign that you are overloading the dishwasher is the appearance of food particles still stuck to the dish.
  • Clean the Filter – Most dishwasher models have the filter located under the lower spray arm or near the bottom of the machine. The owner’s manual will explain exactly where the filter is located on your specific dishwasher model. It is essential to follow the directions of the owner’s manual when cleaning the filter.
  • Repair Dish Racks – Since most dishwashers are used daily they begin to ware quite quickly. It is important to repair dish racks as soon as possible. Avoiding repair can cause the damaged area to corrode and rust. Small rust particles can break lose during the wash cycle and spread all over your dishes, pots, pans and silverware. This is especially dangerous because some particles can be so tiny you can barely see them. This allows them to mix in with your food and expose the entire family to consuming metal fragments without realizing it.
  • Repair Broken Components – Hidden components of the dishwasher can become damaged or have problems. It is essential that you refer to the owner’s manual to learn more about troubleshooting your dishwasher model. If you find that the issue is serious, contact a professional plumber immediately for further assistance.

Avoiding dishwasher repair can cause serious issues that can lead to an expensive bill or total replacement of the appliance. Conducting regular maintenance such as a quick cleaning of the inside of the washer as well as the filter can help prolong the lifetime of the dishwasher. Never touch or repair electrical components on your own. Always contact a plumber 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

 

 

 

Liquid Drain Cleaners: Are They Safe?

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Oh great! The drain is clogged again. Homeowners usually try to fix clogged drains with a quick DIY fix. The most popular product homeowners rush to the store to get is liquid drain cleaners. These cleaners might work temporarily but they can actually damage your pipes and make your family sick. The following details will explain further why you should consider calling a plumber instead of using drain cleaner.

Drain Cleaners and Pipes

Liquid drain cleaners contain an ingredient called hydrochloric acid that causes a chemical reaction meant to unclog the pipe. During this process, heat is generated from the chemicals in the liquid that help remove the clog. However, if you have plastic pipes, the heat can cause damage by melting and deforming the plastic. Continued use of the drain cleaner can also negatively affect metal pipes by causing cracks. These small cracks will gradually become larger and cause leaks in the future.

Drain Cleaners and Your Health

If you have ever used drain cleaner before you are aware of the harsh odor that fills your home. The ingredients in the cleaner are a combination of chemicals meant to destroy buildup and unclog the pipes. The fumes are immediately inhaled by the person using the product. Some homeowners experience irritation in their throat, ears, eyes, nose and lungs when using most drain cleaners.

Tips for Unclogging Your Drain Safely

  • Use a Plunger – A plunger is an essential tool that will help cure clogged drains. Every homeowner should own a plunger and use it when necessary.
  • Use a Plumbing Snake – Hardware stores usually carry a smaller version of a plumbing snake compared to the size plumber’s use. If your clog is minor a plumbing snake could help.

Why doesn’t liquid drain cleaner work?

Liquid drain cleaners might unclog some pipes. However, most clogs are created from a buildup of grease or hair. Drain cleaners aren’t meant to tackle severe clogs. If you use a drain cleaner and it doesn’t work, there are more serious issues involved. Some clogs are due to a crack in the pipe that is allowing debris to enter the pipes causing a clog. This is something a professional will need to handle.

Homeowners might feel that calling a plumber for a clogged drain is dramatic. However, it will benefit you in a variety of ways. A professional will determine the cause of the clog and fix it immediately, saving you money in the future. Using a plumbing service will also prevent you from coming into contact with harsh chemicals that can cause allergic reactions and health problems. If you have a clogged drain, call Mokher Plumbing 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