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Common Causes of Toilet Clogs


Toilet clogs often happen by surprise. If you have ever been surprised that your toilet suddenly gets clogged and starts overflowing you are not alone. If you experience an overflowing toilet due to a clog you can stop the water immediately by turning off the water valve located behind the toilet or on the side of the toilet. This will help prevent any further flooding into your home. Now that you know how to stop a clogged toilet from overflowing, you can find out the common causes of toilet clogs listed below.

  • Toilet paper – This is the most frequent cause of a clogged toilet. Using too much toilet paper or toilet paper that is too thick can easily clog the toilet. Homeowners who have young children often experience a clogged toilet due to too much toilet paper because their little one decided to flush it all down the toilet for fun.
  • Hair – Some homeowners clean out their hairbrush and flush it down the toilet. It might seem like a great idea at the time. But, it actually has the potential to accumulate in the pipes and cause a clog. It’s recommended to dispose of hair in the trash instead.
  • Fresheners – Toilet bowl fresheners have been around for decades and they keep improving them as the years go forward. These helpful fresheners are well-liked and used on a frequent basis in bathrooms across the United States. However, there are moments when these good smelling fresheners accidentally fall into the toilet and get flushed into the pipes. Sometimes this causes a clog plus has the potential to damage pipes. If you use a toilet freshener that is secured by plastic on the side of your toilet, make sure the plastic holder is secured properly.
  • Feminine products – Most women know not to flush sanitary napkins or feminine products down the toilet. However, there are moments when it happens by accident. These products are not designed to easily glide down the toilet and pipes. Always avoid flushing them down the toilet. But, if it does happen, you need to contact a plumber immediately to have the item removed from the pipes.

As you can see there are a variety of ways a toilet can get clogged. Plumbers often report retrieving items such as children’s toys from clogged toilets. Whatever is causing the clog in your toilet needs to be removed immediately. Contact us today for further assistance!


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Money Saving Water Conservation Tips for Floridians


Floridians now understand the importance of water conservation. Similarly, California has made some big changes the Sunshine State can learn from. Both states suffer from droughts. Current maximum flow rates for urinals, residential and kitchen faucets, capping out at a usage of 2.2 gallons per minute (GPM), potentially saving nearly 100 billion gallons per year.

It is recommended to contact a plumber as soon as you notice leaks. Even a slow drip from your showerhead can quickly add up to wasted water and dollars on your water bill. If the dripping persists, call an Mokher Plumbing to inspect the suspected problem.

There are many plumbing fixtures that can be installed by the homeowner or by a professional plumber. These plumbing fixtures can help you save hundreds of dollars per year:

High Efficiency Toilet (HET)

Replacing your old toilet, pre-2006, to a newer model is one of the best ways to conserve water. Newer toilets consumes about 3.5 gallons of water per flush instead of 7 gallons per flush in older toilets. A high-efficiency toilet sits around 1.3 GPF. Choose brands with the WaterSense label as they undergo testing for maximum performance and water conservation. Keep in mind that less water does not mean a lesser flush.

Performance Showerheads

Performance showerheads reduce water down to about 1.75 GPM.  The difference may not seem substantial at first, but it adds up over time and will be most obvious when you see a smaller water bill each month.

Water-Saving Faucets

When it comes to faucets, less water does not necessarily mean a less-powerful product. Water-saving faucets can help you drop your water consumption from 2.2 GPM to 1.5 GPM.

Shower Flow-Regulator

If you are not ready to change your current showerhead, consider a shower flow regulator. That allows you to receive the benefits of lower water consumption without a complete upgrade of your shower’s fixtures. A shower flow-regulator lets you slow water to a trickle while lathering up or shampooing while taking a shower.

Dual Flush Toilets

While the name implies more water will be used, the dual flush toilet offers two different flushes, a half, full or a flush that you can customize. This will help you from flushing more water than needed.

Florida Leads in Water Efficiency

There is no current legislation regarding plumbing fixtures in the State of Florida, but the Sunshine State does lead the South in water efficiency. Plumbing professionals believe that the use of water-efficient plumbing technologies have contributed to the increased efficiency. In addition to plumbing fixture upgrades, Floridians can practice these simple conservation tips at home:

  • Lather up hands in soap before turning on the water.
  • Turn off the water while brushing their teeth.
  • Take shorter showers.

If you are unsure which plumbing product to upgrade, make an appointment for a consultation with our plumbers. Our plumbers can give you recommendations on how to help your plumbing become as efficient as possible. Contact me personally, Chip Mokher at Mokher Plumbing today to get a quote at 305-446-8266


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Why You Need a Professional Plumber


Are you a DIY guru that enjoys fixing things in the house? If so, you probably are really good at tackling difficult projects. Surely, you have already experienced replacing showerheads, fixing small leaks in the sink and unclogging a toilet. However, did you know a professional plumber could be your right-hand man when it comes to the plumbing in your house? Most homeowner’s contact a plumber once everything has gone wrong and it’s beyond repairable by a DIY project.

If this has happened to you and you felt completely embarrassed when a professional plumber arrived to see the mess you made, don’t worry, you are not alone. Many homeowners try to save money by doing their own plumbing projects, but they often end up making the issue worse which leads to an expensive bill later.

Professional plumbers can work with you to keep your home plumbing running at it’s best. Yes. You are probably great at replacing a small part on the faucet to fix a small leak, but you need to know the right time to contact a professional plumber, which is usually when a rusty or broken pipe is involved.

You need a professional to make sure the plumbing is installed correctly and the water is flowing through the pipes at the right force and speed. You will be surprised how a clogged pipe or small leak can run up the water bill without you noticing.

Many homeowners attempt to install water heaters in their home as a DIY project. While some homeowners are successful, most end up calling a plumber for further assistance. Some homeowners even report that they didn’t realize there was an electrical component to the water heater and forgot to turn off the breaker switch. This is a dangerous scenario since water and electricity don’t mix well and often causes electrical shock, fire or worse.

You also need a professional plumber to alert you to upcoming issues that could arise in the future. Plumbers often arrive at your home to fix one issue and upon further inspection find another issue attached to the situation. A professional will explain the problem and encourage you to get it fixed within a specific time frame to prevent further damage or issues.

Are you ready to place the plumbing in your home in the hands of a professional plumber? 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