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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

 

Does Your Drain Smell Like the Sewer?

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The overwhelming sewer smell oozing from the drains in your home can be difficult to ignore. Strong sewer odors can cause sicknesses such as vomiting and an overall unpleasant feeling. Homeowners immediately wonder what is causing this disgusting smell and how to get rid of it fast. There are quick and easy ways to deal with this nasty problem.

Dry Water Trap   

If the sewer odor is coming from a drain that doesn’t get used frequently there is a simple fix. The u-shaped pipe located under your sink is also known as the water trap. The shape of the pipe allows water to sit in the pipe and act as a barrier between your home and what is located further down the pipes. When drains are not used frequently the water in the trap evaporates and allows the sewer odor to come out of the drain and into your home. The simple fix is turning on the faucet and running water down the drain for about 30 seconds. If the sewer smell doesn’t go away there is a possibility something else is causing the odor such as dirty pipes.

Dirty Pipes

Is the odor coming from your kitchen sink? Chances are grime has built up inside the pipes due to exposure to food particles and other materials. The pipes need to be thoroughly cleaned by a professional to properly clear out the grime and debris causing the odor. A quick DIY project of cleaning the pipes with a brush will help temporarily until the plumber arrives.

Signs of a more serious issue include sewer odor coming from all drains within your home. This could be caused by an issue with the local sewer authority. Immediately contact the sewer company to ask about any problems in your area. They should provide details regarding the situation and a time frame for how long it will take to be fixed. In the meantime, you should open all of the windows in your home to allow the sewer odor to escape. If the problem doesn’t originate with the sewer company the problem most likely originates in your home.

Since sewer odor can cause nausea and sickness it is wise to get the situation taken care of right away. Contact a professional plumber to inspect your home and fix the problem. Don’t hesitate! Call Mokher Plumbing today to rid your home of that horrible sewer smell.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Ready To Go Tankless?

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Standard tank water heaters are capable of holding gallons of hot water. The water heater maintains a specific temperature and releases it when you or your family members request it by adjusting the faucet lever. You know that moment you step into a nice hot shower? All of that hot water comes from your hot water tank.

There’s something new on the market that is captivating the attention of homeowners nationwide. It is referred to as a tankless water heater. This new invention allows water to become heated on demand as it flows through the pipes. Hearing this exciting news might already have you convinced that you need one. But wait, it’s not always suitable for every home. Before you decide to run out and get a tankless water heater, consider the following pros and cons.

Pros

  • Tankless water heaters are more efficient compared to standard models.
  • They are energy savers since the tankless water heater doesn’t have to keep heating water throughout the day.
  • It saves you money on your utility bill.
  • Long lifespan lasting up to 20 years when properly cared for.
  • Takes up less space in your home.
  • Boosts the value of your home.

Cons

  • The initial cost of the tankless water heater is higher than the standard model.
  • The installation process for a tankless water heater can cost more than the standard model.
  • Tankless water heater installation is a difficult job and is not recommended to be a DIY project. This means if you enjoy working on projects like this one on your own, you will be forced to have an added installation cost.
  • The hot water takes a few seconds longer to reach the faucet for use compared to the standard model.

Big Families and Rush Hour Traffic

If you have a big family you probably spend weekday mornings taking turns showering and getting ready for the day. Standard water heaters are known to take care of the entire family without signs of the water cooling down. The tankless models available today might not be able to produce the same amount of hot water for long periods of time. This is an important factor for many families. Speak to a professional regarding this issue and if a tankless water heater is right for your household before making your purchase.

In the future, most homes are going to upgrade to a tankless water heater. They already add value to your home now. However, at this point, you need to decide if the option is right for you. Think of the pros and cons to see if this type of water heater is best suited for your situation. Keep in mind it an expensive investment to purchase. However, it will also save you money in the long run. Contact Mokher Plumbing to learn more about tankless water heaters and if it’s the right thing for you 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