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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

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Hard Water

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Homeowners across the United States are confronted with hard water on a daily basis. You might be asking, “What is hard water?” It is water that has high levels of mineral concentration such as magnesium and calcium. This is usually found in tap water in various regions throughout America. You might think someone is doing this to the water, but it is actually a natural phenomenon.

Water, especially tap water, is created as the water filters through the underground layers of mineral deposits in limestone. The particles collect and mix into the water. A collection of an excessive amount of minerals causes hard water. You might be drinking and showering in hard water without even realizing it.

Don’t Panic                                                                                          

At this moment you are probably thinking if you tasted hard water you would immediately spit it out. There’s a possibility you and your family might actually prefer the taste of the water. Remember, hard water contains minerals such as magnesium and calcium. These two items are actually recommended for daily consumption and to help maintain a healthy way of life. In addition, hard water is known for its low sodium content. This is good news for those with high blood pressure and for those that require a low sodium diet.

The Truth

How do you know if you have hard water? It’s easy to notice. Hard water leaves a white film on glasses and other items. It might be embarrassing when company arrives, but it is harmless. Another sign that you have hard water in your home is that your laundry looks dirty even though it’s clean and your clothes feel hard and scratchy.

While white film on drinking glasses and dirty looking laundry isn’t harmful, it’s another story for the plumbing. The film that appears on your glasses is also left behind in the water pipes located throughout your home. The hard water film will accumulate in the fixtures, pipes, and appliances that use water such as the dishwasher.

In addition to having a negative effect on your dishwasher and pipes, it also causes your hot water heater to work harder. The film creates a layer of insulation inside of the hot water heater which causes the heater to work double in order to maintain the same temperature. The hard water damage causes homeowners to have appliances maintained more often than if the home had soft water.

The film caused by hard water might not be harmful to your health, but it is harmful to your pipes. The minerals will build up over time causing issues with water pressure and flow. As the minerals build up within the pipes it creates an excellent breeding ground for bacteria to grow. The bacteria growth comes into contact with the tap water and can cause you and your family illness and health problems.

After learning the truth about hard water in your home, you might feel anxious and helpless. Don’t worry, you have the power to change it and protect your home and family from the negative effects of hard water. To make a change you can invest in a water softening system for your home. There is various water softening systems available. Take action today and protect your family from hard water by contacting Mokher Plumbing for 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