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How to Prepare Your Plumbing for Summer


South Florida has beautiful weather almost all year long. Even today’s weather feels like summer. But in reality, summer hasn’t quite arrived yet and it’s time to get prepared. Floridians are familiar with summer weather that involves bright sunshiny days along with tremendous thunderstorms, floods, and humidity. The following tips will help you prepare your plumbing for summer weather.

  • Inspect the Sprinkler System – If you have a yard, chances are you have a sprinkler system. These sprinklers will be running during summer not just to keep your yard hydrated but also to keep your lawn looking it’s best. If you live in a neighborhood that has an HOA, it’s mandatory that your lawn looks as perfect as possible. Check the sprinkler system by going to each individual sprinkler located in the yard. Inspect if the sprinkler has rust or if there is a puddle of water around the sprinkler. Any evidence of a puddle means a leak can be involved and needs to be fixed immediately.
  • Clean the Pool – Chances are you have already been enjoying the spring weather splashing around in your pool. It’s essential to have a professional plumber or pool service inspect the pool equipment to assure everything is running properly. If water is leaking from the pool equipment responsible for filtering or processing water, you need to get it fixed right away.
  • Check for Leaks – A small leak under the kitchen sink might not seem like an urgent issue to solve but it will be soon enough. A small leak can grow quickly and cause damage to the surrounding area of your home. For example, if you have wooden floors in your kitchen and the leak under the sink becomes serious it will flood onto your floors causing damage to the wood. This means you will need to fix the leak along with damage done to the flooring which can be quite expensive.
  • Clean all Drains – Use a half cup of white vinegar and pour it down the sink or shower drain. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes then flush with hot water for 2 minutes. The vinegar dissolves buildup on the pipes and helps keep the water flowing easily.

As a homeowner, you need to prepare for the summer by identifying and fixing all leaks in the house as well as cleaning the drains to keep the water flowing properly. It’s also an excellent time of year to update plumbing that requires an upgrade.


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When Should I Replace My Old Plumbing?


Your house has been your family’s home for decades. The hidden plumbing can be begging for replacement and you don’t even know it yet. It’s difficult to determine the condition of the plumbing since you don’t exactly see it. However, your dependence on your plumbing working properly is high. It is responsible for bringing water into and out of your house for showers, washing hands, dishes, clothes and more.

While your house might be in great condition, the truth is, pipes don’t last forever. Gradually, pipes rust, corrode and decays causing leaks and other types of water damage throughout the house if gone undetected.

Look for Signs of Trouble

If you notice any of the following issues in your home, it’s time to consider the age and condition of your plumbing.

  • Wet spots on the carpet
  • Water damage on ceilings
  • Water damage on walls
  • Water damage on wooden floors
  • Water stains on floor tiles
  • Mold growth in unusual areas of the house
  • Strong odors due to mold growth or leaks around the house
  • Orange tinted water due to rusty pipes

Opportunities for Replacement

If you have plans to renovate your home, replacing plumbing in that area of the home is recommended. It also gives a plumber the opportunity to expose areas of the plumbing that wouldn’t be accessible otherwise. It’s essential to consult with a plumber during any renovation process that involves plumbing or gives you access to pipes that are hidden behind walls or under flooring.

Professional Checkup

Hiring a plumber to inspect the condition of the plumbing in your home is an excellent way to prevent leaks and other damage that can lead to expensive repair. Plumbers are capable of pinpointing issues and determining further issues that can arise in the future. They can also give you a time frame that you should get the repairs completed by.

Don’t Procrastinate

Replacing old plumbing should be on your priority list if your home is more than 10 years old and a plumber recommends replacement. Take into consideration the time frame allowed for the repairs to be complete. While you might find it expensive to replace, it will be more expensive if you procrastinate. This means a leak can turn into damage to the walls, ceilings, flooring and surrounding areas that will also need to be fixed.

Are you ready to replace the old plumbing in your house? Or, do you need an estimate? Contact us today 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

How to Recover from Water Damage to Your Home


NO! Your home was damaged by water! Now, what do you do? This dilemma affects homeowners located throughout South Florida on a regular basis. There are various reasons that caused your home to be flooded. One of the most common reasons is a break or large leak in the plumbing. If your house has been flooded the following steps will help guide you to recovery.

Turn off the power

The first thing you need to do is cut off the power to the house. You can do this by contacting your electric company or you can turn all of the breaker switches to the off position. If you choose to turn off the breaker switches you can’t be standing in water because it can lead to electric shock. If you are unable to reach them safely you need to contact the electric company for further assistance.

Assess the damage

Use your cell phone to take pictures and videos of the damage done to the house. This includes how high the water has risen in the house and the damage it caused to the structure, windows, walls and other areas of the house as well as furniture and belongings. You will need to forward this information to your homeowner’s insurance company.

Locate your valuable possessions

Pictures, jewelry and other valuable possessions that you can easily get to can be removed from the house for safekeeping. Renting a storage unit during this process will help keep your prized and sentimental possessions safe.

Remove standing water

Use rain boots to protect your feet while removing standing water from your home. Open all the doors leading outdoors to the house and sweep the water outdoors to the best of your ability. Some companies offer water removal and use hoses to remove water from homes.

Clean up debris

Observe the house now that the water is mostly gone. Pick up and remove any debris that can harm you or your family, such as screws and other sharp debris. Also, remove any damaged furniture, clothing and belongings from the home that can no longer be used due to water damage.

Remove the mold

Where there’s water, there’s the possibility of mold. Inspect your entire house to see if mold has grown in any area. It needs to be removed quickly by you or a professional depending on the severity of the growth.

Did you experience a flooded house due to plumbing issues? If so, contact us today 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