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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.


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Garbage Disposal Do’s and Don’ts

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Garbage disposals are a modern convenience in most kitchens. If you had a garbage disposal for a long time and suddenly it breaks, you will quickly realize it is a valuable tool in the kitchen. While garbage disposals are created to consume and destroy most food items, homeowners often overwhelm the disposal causing clogs and other plumbing issues. The following garbage disposal do’s and don’ts will help you treat your disposal with care.

Garbage Disposal Do’s                                 

  • Keep it Clean – Garbage disposals are very easy to maintain. Keep it clean by pouring a 1 ounce of dish soap down the drain and allow hot water to run from the faucet for one minute. Dish soaps that contain citruses such as lemon or orange are helpful since the acid is capable of cleaning pipes.
  • Always Flush with Water – One mistake homeowners make is not using water to flush the item out of the disposal. Make sure you use cool water from the faucet every time you use the disposal.
  • Use Cool Water – If you tend to pour oil or grease down your drain, use cool water on a regular basis to clean the disposal. Cool water solidifies the oil or grease and makes it easier to remove.
  • Dispose of Hard Items – This might be a surprising “do” to accept. However, egg shells and small fish bones easily grind up in disposals creating small particles to clean the walls of the garbage disposal.
  • Dispose of Small Sized Pieces – The garbage disposal is strong and mighty. It might be a time saver to put half a carrot down the disposal, but it’s best to cut large food items into smaller pieces to avoid clogs.

Garbage Disposal Don’ts

  • Never grind anything that can combust.
  • Don’t grind hard items such as metal, plastic or glass. These items can destroy the garbage disposal as well as fly out of the drain into the air and strike you causing injury.
  • Don’t use hot water when disposing of greasy items. The hot water will cause the grease to liquefy and drain the clog by accumulating.
  • Avoid putting items such as celery stalks, corn husks and onion skins in the disposal. These items contain fibers that can clog drains and tangle around the garbage disposal motor.
  • Never turn off the water before grinding is complete.
  • Don’t put large amounts of food down the drain at one time. For example, if you are putting a large amount of any item in the disposal you will need to place it into the disposal in small amounts.
  • Avoid putting large bones such as port and beef down the disposal.
  • Avoid putting rice and pasta in the disposal. Both of these items have the ability to expand when exposed to water which can cause clogs in your drain.
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach and other cleaners. The chemicals could damage the garbage disposal blades causing them not to work properly, which leads to buildup and clogs.

Garbage disposals are a common household tool that makes life easier by saving time. If your disposal is not working properly it could lead to expensive plumbing repairs. Follow the do’s and don’ts listed above to avoid harming your garbage disposal. If your sink is clogging, backing up or has a harsh odor you should contact a plumber immediately 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

Common Mistakes that Ruin Your Plumbing

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Homeowners often take plumbing issues into their own hands. This is fine for an experienced DIY homeowner. However, it can be dangerous and costly for those who are not familiar with plumbing issues. It is always wise to contact a professional for assistance. The following are common mistakes that should be avoided.

  • Flushing Garbage in the Toilet – The toilet is only meant to be used for human waste and toilet paper. Plumbers receive numerous calls every year related to garbage or other items being flushed down the toilet. Sometimes it could be an accident, while other times it is done intentionally. Flushing garbage down the toilet can clog pipes which result in the toilet overflowing into your home.
  • Grease Down the Drain – Bacon grease is often thrown down the sink with the use of a garbage disposal. While this may seem like a great idea after cooking breakfast on a Sunday morning, it is actually a bad idea. Bacon grease, and others similar to it, contains fat that clog drains whether you use a garbage disposal or not.
  • Running Water During Repairs – All plumbing repairs should be conducted with the water valve off. This means that nothing in your home that uses water should be working during repairs. If you fail to turn the water off, your home can become flooded quickly causing extensive damage to your home, flooring and other areas.
  • Soldering Pipes – A favorite project of some homeowners who take pride in their DIY projects is soldering pipes. While it is an easy enough job for those with experience and a steady hand, it can be dangerous for others since you can easily burn yourself and the area around you.
  • Fixing it Yourself – Homeowners have a variety of reasons why they don’t want to call a plumber. It could be lack of money to pay a professional or simply that the homeowner has confidence in their own abilities. While replacing a washer on the faucet is a simple job, others are more complicated. If you find yourself watching an online video and trying to install, repair or replace a plumbing problem, it might be best to call a licensed plumber in your area.

Many homeowners don’t realize the danger in plumbing issues, especially when electricity and water are combined. For example, installing a water heater can become rather difficult if you haven’t done it before. It can also be highly dangerous to the homeowner. Always call a professional plumber when in doubt. You will feel more confident and secure knowing a professional plumber has fixed the issue safely.