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Spring Plumbing Tips


South Florida has sunshine and warm weather almost all year long. It’s difficult to tell when the seasons change in our area of the world. March generally marks that Spring is on its way and it’s time to get prepared. The rest of the country might be dusting the snow off their car, but we are already experiencing warm temperatures that allow us to swim in our pools and start our gardening routine. The following tips will help you get prepared and possibly save some money too.

  • Check for leaks – Inspect your faucets, showerheads, and pipes under the sinks. Do your faucets or showerheads drip? Do you see water under your sink? Do you smell a bad odor under the sink? If you answered yes to any of these questions you have a water leak. It’s essential that you get it repaired immediately to avoid any further issues. Remember a small water leak can get bigger quickly causing costly damage to your home.
  • Check the toilets – Do you hear your toilet constantly running? You might think it’s no big deal as long as it’s not overflowing but you actually have a water leak. This type of water leak can cause your water bill to skyrocket. You can easily test your toilet to confirm there is a leak. Place a few drops of food coloring into the tank and wait up to 30 minutes. Do not use the toilet during this time. Then, check to see if you notice the food coloring in the toilet bowl area. If you see color in the bowl, you definitely have a leak that needs to be fixed.
  • Install drain strainers – Drain strainers are affordable little devices that cover the drain. They catch hair and other types of things that clog your pipes. They are easy to install and empty. These small little save you lots of money.
  • Prepare your pool – South Florida residents who have pools at their homes often have outdoor showers for convenience. These outdoor showers need to be taken care of by a professional. They can leak and cause mold and bacteria to build up. Also, the pool itself needs to have superior plumbing in order to work properly and provide clean water for swimming.

Spring is just around the corner! Make sure you are prepared by doing the tips listed above. These helpful money-saving tips will help keep you stay on budget. If you are having issues with the plumbing in your home, contact us today for further assistance.


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Why Does the Dishwasher Not Fill with Water?


Homeowners don’t usually realize how important their dishwasher is until it doesn’t work properly anymore. Dirty dishes after a wash cycle is the most common sign your dishwasher is not filling with water. If you are having issues with your dishwasher, consider the following issues.

Check the Hoses

There are hoses that attach to your dishwasher. Sometimes they get kinked and cause the water to flow properly. It’s similar to a garden hose. If the hose is twisted or folded in any way, it blocks the water from flowing through it. Check the hoses for your dishwasher and straighten them out to see if it solves the issue.

Door Switch Issues

The closed-door switch activates your dishwasher to start working when you start a cycle. If the door switch is broken the dishwasher won’t know the door is closed and it won’t allow the water to flow properly.

Damaged Float

The float inside the dishwasher is responsible for recognizing and measuring when the proper amount of water has been used. It is responsible for stopping the water flow. If the float gets stuck due to debris from dishes it can prevent it from doing its job properly. In other situations, the float switch doesn’t work, and it needs replacing.

Electrical Outlet Problems

If your dishwasher isn’t working properly check the electrical outlet. Sometimes power surges can cause outlets to stop working. Also, check the breaker switch to assure that it is turned on for the area where your dishwasher is located.

Contact a Professional

Dishwashers are quite complicated machines that require a plumber at times. If you have discovered your dishes aren’t getting clean due to water issues, you need to contact a plumber immediately. Avoid trying to troubleshoot the issue. Dishwashers are a combination of complex electrical components and plumbing. It is essential you discuss any issues with a plumber.

If you continue using your dishwasher while the water is not working properly you can cause more harm to the washer. Other issues could arise as well. It’s important that as soon as you notice dirty dishes that you inquire further about the cause. Most of the time it’s a simple solution such as checking the hoses for kinks, other times it can be a serious issue that needs professional attention.

If you need assistance with your dishwasher, contact us 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is the Water Polluted in Your Home?


The United States adheres to strict regulations when it comes to the water that comes out of the faucet in our homes. However, there are times water can become contaminated. This is the moment when the local news issues a boil water alert in certain areas. Boiling water helps kill bacteria that can be harmful to our health. If you aren’t sure if your water is contaminated, consider the following causes.

The Location of Your Home

Where is your home located? Are there work industries or construction located nearby? A common cause of water pollution is contamination due to construction errors and materials. If your water appears cloudy, discolored or has a strong taste, it could be contaminated.

Swimming Pool Maintenance

South Florida residents often install a swimming pool in their backyard for a variety of reasons. One of them is to cool off in the hot humid weather. Swimming pool water needs to be balanced and treated with chemicals to maintain a healthy swimming environment. If not properly treated your family can be exposed to algae and harmful bacteria. Some bacteria are dangerous, especially if it enters an open cut on the skin.

Indoor Water Pollution

Rusty pipes can easily contaminate your water as it flushes through the pipes. You can be drinking rusty water and tiny particles as well as bathe in them without realizing it. If your water appears to have an orange tint to it or have a strong taste, chances are the pipes are rusted and exposing your family to contamination.

Well Water

If you have access to well water, it probably saves you plenty of money. However, well water is not tested or held to US standards and regulations. It is your responsibility to test your well water on a regular basis to assure you are consuming and using healthy water. There are test kits available that will help you maintain access to healthy water from your well.

Drainage Systems

Do you wash your car in the front yard? Some car wash detergents contain toxic chemicals that can harm your health. As you wash the soap off your car the water flows into the drain that leads directly to local waterways or the ocean. In addition, weed killers and fertilizers drain into the same areas when it rains, or the sprinklers are used. You can do your part by using organic or non-toxic detergents and lawn care.

If you think your water is contaminated, 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