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Preparing Plumbing for Fall and Winter


South Florida isn’t known for its cold winters, but it is known for its holiday guests. If you have family that visits from out of town for the holiday season, chances are they are using the plumbing in your home. As a homeowner, you want to be prepared for holiday season guests. This includes preparing your plumbing for extensive use. The following tips will help you prevent plumbing issues during the holiday season.

  • Get started today – Begin by inspecting for signs of water damage, rust, and leaks in your home. Carefully inspect the walls, floors, carpeting, toilets, sinks and the water heater. If you see water stains on the walls or flooring, or puddles of water anywhere in your home, there is a leak somewhere that needs to be fixed.
  • Update fixtures – Install new faucets and shower heads throughout your home. It updates the look of the fixtures and lessens the risk of leaks developing like older fixtures can do with excessive use.
  • Install shower drain protectors – Holiday guests that stay in your home throughout the season will surely use the shower on a daily basis. This means hair can get clogged in the drain quicker than usual. Invest in shower drain protectors that act like a screen that catches hair before it goes down the drain and clogs the pipes. You can purchase these affordable clog preventers online or at your local home improvement store.
  • Water heater – The water heater is responsible for providing your household with warm water for showers, the dishwasher and more. Consider the age of the water heater and if it could last the season with a house full of visitors. Generally, if the water heater is older than seven years you should consider preventative maintenance or replacement. A licensed plumber will guide you on what option is best suited for the age and condition of the water heater.
  • Garbage disposal – You might have your family trained to only put specific items down the garbage disposal, but visitors might not know the rules. You can play it safe by asking visitors not to use the disposal or provide them with the rules. Either way, you want to clean the disposal before the visitors arrive to assure it is in proper working order. An easy remedy is allowing a half cup of white vinegar to soak in the drain where the garbage disposal is for about 10 minutes. Then flush it with hot tap water for about 2 minutes. This helps flush out sticky build-up and prevents clogged drains during the holiday season.

If you need further assistance preparing your home for the holiday season contact us today for an appointment. We have licensed professional plumbers ready to assist you!


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Rusty Water: Find the Source


Homeowners count on their tap water to be clear and clean for drinking and showering. But, what happens when you notice the water has a colorful tint to it? Or, the taste seems a bit off? Generally, rusty water could originate from the public water supply. But, chances are the issue is coming from inside your home.

Find the Source of the Rusty Water

Since you can’t drive down to the public water supply location and test the water, you need to find out if the issue is coming from inside your home. Begin your investigation by going to the water fixture where you noticed the discolored water first. Fill a drinking glass with cold water and set it on the counter. Then go to all the water fixtures in the house such as sinks and showers to collect the same samples. Place all of the glasses on the counter and compare the color. If they all look the same color chances are the issue is coming from the local water supply.

If only one of the samples is showing discolored water the issue is in your home where that water sample was taken. This helps you narrow down the area so you can contact a professional plumber for further assistance.

The Outcome

A plumber will guide your further to fixing the issue causing the rusty water. However, if the issue is coming from the public water supply, you need to contact the public water authority to alert them of the issue. Often this issue is due to corrosion of the pipes. An extensive pipe replacement project needs to be conducted as quickly as possible.

If the rusted water is affecting your drinking water it is best to purchase bottled water until the issue is fixed. Taking shorter showers and minimizing your exposure to the water is also recommended.

A common culprit for rusted water is the water heater. This option often goes undetected since it is usually hidden behind closed doors. If you suspect the water heater has rust, you should inspect it immediately. Look for signs of leaking or small orange rust stains along the top, edges, side, and bottom of the hot water heater. Any sign of rust should be taken into consideration immediately. The water heater should be replaced first, before the contacting the water authorities. Get a professional opinion by making an appointment with 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

 

Important Plumbing Elements to Check After a Hurricane


Hurricanes can have a lot of major effects on our homes, neighborhood, and community. Aside from the emotional and physical stressors that can arise from a natural calamity- financial stressors can also come into play especially when it comes to the repairs that were caused by the natural occurrence.

As much as we would like to prepare for the worst, after a storm, there are also a lot of things that we need to take into account when it comes to maintaining a fully functioning home. Downed lines, trees that have been uprooted from the storm, damaged roofs, flooded streets and other factors can contribute to the slow onset of major issues that can damage our homes, especially our plumbing systems. So now that the storm has passed, what should we do now?

  1. Set up an inspection of your sewer lines

Although it doesn’t seem like the hurricane made any difference to lines located in the ground, storms can actually cause grounds to change and shift. This shifting of the land can cause potential problems with your sewers lines such as detachments or others which may be noticed when you flush your toilet. Another indication of a problem with your sewer lines is the backwashing of sinks, toilets or tubs and even the onset of foul odors which may occur around your drains that could spread throughout your home.

Setting an appointment with your local plumber is the first thing you should do once the initial stressors have settled down and you can begin to make the necessary maintenance of your home.

Also, make sure to double check your water lines and sump pumps.

  1. Inspect your gas lines

Inspecting your gas lines is something that you can do on your own and is definitely something you should do as soon as possible. The high winds and strong precipitation brought upon by the storm, including flying debris, can interfere with gas lines and eventually cause huge problems at home.

Some things to keep an eye on are: the smell of rotten eggs, soft hissing noises emitted by your gas line and of course, holes in your lines. If you notice these things, make sure to contact your gas company right away!

These simple bits of advice will bring you a long way and will save you the hassle of spending hundreds of dollars in maintenance fees. Always keep your family safe whether there’s a storm or not and make sure your home is always in tip-top shape! If you notice any damage to your plumbing contact me Scott Mokher 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