Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. Is Donating to Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

September 20th, 2017

pink ribbonDid you know that 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes? Breast cancer is currently the second leading cause of death among women, and each year over 220,000 women in the country will be diagnosed with it. Breast cancer affects men as well, with an estimated 2,150 diagnoses each year. This is why it is so important to contribute to funding for breast cancer research and resources for both women and men to diagnose the disease early and effectively treat it. Already, research funding has helped to contribute to a decline in death rates thanks to continually improving options for treatment and better screening.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. is proud once again to join in the fight against this widespread form of cancer. For this year’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MPI will be donating a percentage of our October revenue to UF Health Cancer Center – Orlando Heath. These donations will go to help women in need meet the expenses of their breast cancer care. To help further increase awareness among our customers, all of our MPI technicians will be wearing pink booties on their service calls.

Please join with us this month—and every month—in helping to shed more light on breast cancer and to honor those who have suffered from this affliction and those who are fighting to bring an end to it.

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A Plumber for My Gas Lines? (Yes!)

September 11th, 2017

gas-burnersWhen you think of calling for a plumber in Orlando, FL, what sort of jobs come to mind? Here’s a quick list:

  • Unclogging a drain or toilet
  • Finding and fixing a leaking pipe
  • Repairing a leaky faucet
  • Fixing a broken garbage disposal
  • Major repairs/replacement for a damaged sewer line
  • Putting in new fixtures for the kitchen or bathroom

But what about calling a plumber to work on … gas lines? Yes, you might not have thought about it, but some professional plumbers work on more than pipes carrying water and sewage. They also work on the lines carrying natural gas from the municipal system to various appliances around a home. If your house is one of the many in the Orlando area that relies on natural gas to power heating, kitchen, and laundry room equipment, it’s professional plumbers like ours you need to turn to for any repairs or new gas piping installation.

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The P-Trap—That Curved Pipe under the Drain—Explained

August 28th, 2017

p-trap-with-hand-gripping-itYou can’t see most of the plumbing pipes in your house, and that’s a good thing! (Unless you want an industrial appearance for home décor and you don’t mind guests constantly tripping over exposed pipes.) However, there’s one important exception, and we bet it just popped to mind: the bent piece of drainpipe directly under your sinks. That is called the p-trap and it serves an important function in household plumbing. It’s an old invention using the power of gravity to help make homes more pleasant.

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Plumbing Problems You Should Never Ignore

August 14th, 2017

toilet-plumbing-concerned-womanWe could make this a short blog post and simply write, “All of them!” Because it’s true: if you even suspect your household plumbing is experiencing a problem, no matter how small it may be, you should pay attention to it. Most of the time that means calling on professionals for plumbing repairs.

However, we want to spotlight a few specific problems that homeowners might ignore with their plumbing—and which they definitely shouldn’t. Each of these concerns could end up turning into much more expensive repairs or even trouble with water damage and a complete loss of running water. With professional plumbers like ours only a call away, there’s no reason to delay repair work.

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Does Corrosion Mean the End of the Line for My Water Heater?

July 31st, 2017

Orlando-Water -eaterCorrosion is metal’s biggest enemy, and it’s fair to say that nobody wants any appliance they own to suffer from the weakening effects of corrosion. It’s one that especially applies to water heaters, which combine metal, water, and oxygen—the perfect mixture to start the chemical reaction that leads to corrosion.

Fortunately for your water heater, it was designed with the dangers of rust and other forms of corrosion in mind. It has a number of safety designs to keep rust away: the inside of the tank is lined with glass; an overfill tank creates an air cushion for the water pressure without actually allowing oxygen into the tank; and a special device called an anode rod that runs from the top the bottom of the tank attracts corrosion to it so that it rather than the tank corrodes.

However, corrosion still can’t be prevented 100%. Your water heater may at some point start to show signs of corrosion. If this occurs, is it automatically time to replace the water heater?

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Clogs around the House and Other Signs You Have a Broken Sewer Line

July 17th, 2017

interior-of-pipelineThe sewer line is a part of your home’s plumbing that thankfully does its job far from sight. But because it’s hidden in the ground, it’s tricky to tell when the sewer line first develops breaks. Since you want to have a broken sewer line repaired (or in some cases replaced) as soon as possible before the break turns into a larger, more expensive problem—one that can create extreme unpleasantness in your home—you have to keep a watch for early warning signs that something is wrong.

Here are a few indications that you have breaks in your sewer line that require sewer repair services:

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How Water Softeners Work

July 3rd, 2017

question-mark-badgeWhen you call on our water treatment professionals for water testing services, one of the issues we’ll look for in your home’s water is the presence of “hardness.” Hard water is water that has a high amount of magnesium and calcium suspended in it. This isn’t harmful to drink, but it’s extremely damaging to residential plumbing. The magnesium and calcium leave limescale deposits along pipes and fixtures, leading to clogging and leaking, and also causes major damage to appliances like water heaters. Hard water also makes it more difficult to work up soap lather and it leaves filmy deposits on household surfaces, skin, and hair.

Hard water is unfortunately common in household plumbing. Magnesium and calcium can enter freshwater pipes through ground water seepage. It’s estimated that 85% of homes in the U.S. have hard water. Unfortunately, Florida is one of the states where hard water is at its worst, with more than 15 grains of hard water minerals per gallon.

Thankfully, eliminating hard water is easy for professionals. All we have to do is install a whole-house water softener, one of the various water treatment systems we install in Orlando, FL and the surrounding areas.

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Why Is My Toilet Constantly Running?

June 19th, 2017

toilet-with-button-flushYou know the sounds your toilet makes after the flush lever is pushed: there’s about a minute where you hear the slow run of water as the water in the tank flows down into the bowl to fill it. After that, the water will shut off and you won’t hear any more sounds.

But what if the sound of running water continues without stop? This is a running toilet, and although it won’t create a huge emergency, it does create a huge amount of water waste. This is definitely something you’ll notice on your next water bill. But you also can’t flush the toilet while its running—something you may have noticed before if you immediately push down the handle after the first flush. These are good reasons to have bathroom plumbing repairs done. When you have a running toilet that won’t stop, call for professional plumbers in Winter Springs, FL to take care of it.  

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4 Reasons Your Water Bills Are High

June 5th, 2017

pile-of-currencyA few weeks ago, we wrote a blog about how you can save water in your kitchen and cut down on your bills. This week we’re going to look into water saving from a different angle by investigating reasons your monthly water bills may start to rise past what they usually are. It’s important to never ignore a spike in water prices. If you can’t account for the rise in the amount of water you regularly use, you may have a major plumbing issue that requires the assistance of our professionals for plumbing repair in Orlando, FL. We’ll find the source of your water cost woes and see that they’re remedied.

Here are 4 of the most common reasons for an unexpected rise in water usage:

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Making a Choice between Gas and Electric Water Heaters

May 22nd, 2017

tank-water-heaterYou can’t expect that your Winter Springs, FL water heater will last forever, no matter how much you would like never to have to worry about losing hot water for your showers or for cleaning dishes. (Have you ever tried to scrub out grease from pots and pans using only cold water? We don’t recommend it.) But a water heater is a device that puts in a tremendous amount of work each year, and can account for 40% of your annual heating bills. That stress means one day the water heater will either fail on you or give off enough warning signs it’s close to failing that you can have it replaced before it does.

We hope you end up in the latter situation—you won’t have to stay unshowered until the new system is put in! But no matter the reason you need to a new water heater installed, you’ll face a few important choices. One of the age-old water heater questions is “gas or electric?” Sometimes the answer is simple. Other times it’s not. But you have our professional plumbers ready to see that you have the right answer, no matter what.

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