Is a Reverse Osmosis Filter Worth It?

December 5th, 2016

We offer a number of different options for homeowners who want to have their water purified and filtered before it enters their home. Among these options is the reverse osmosis filtration system, which is an extremely powerful type of filter. Unlike most filters that passively remove particles as water flows through them, an RO filter forces the water through its filter, which allows for it to use a more powerful filtration medium. The semi-permeable membrane filter can remove many kinds of heavy metals, pesticides, high levels of sodium, and other specific chemical contaminants that can get through other types of fitlers.

However, RO filters are more expensive than standard filters. Is going with a reverse osmosis system worth it?

It Depends on Your Home

It’s true that reverse osmosis is an advanced form of water purification technology. How advanced? It’s used in military applications and even to deal with nuclear contaminants. Those are impressive credentials! But your home isn’t a military base, nor does it run from an in-home nuclear power plant. (Well, at least we hope not.) Do you really need the immense power of RO working in your house?

The answer is, “Yes… if there is a high concentration of pollutants in the water that other filters won’t do well against.” These pollutants include dissolved salts (sometimes created by a water softener), mercury, lead, calcium, iron, and asbestos. There are some pollutants that RO won’t affect, however, such as certain volatile organic compounds, including chlorine and radon, as well as specific types of pesticides.

Water Testing Is the Answer

The way to find out if a reverse osmosis system is worth installing is to contact us to perform water testing in your house. Our experts will find out exactly what is dissolved in your water, and then use this knowledge to provide you with the best filters and purifiers to give your household clean, safe water.

Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. in Orlando, FL to schedule water testing.

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Drain Cleaning on Your Own: Dos and Don’ts

November 28th, 2016

You’ve run into a clog in your sink, or another drain somewhere in your house. Annoying, right? And all too common. Clogged drains are the plumbing problem that pops up the most often, and it means the drain needs to be cleaned out. Plumbers offer excellent drain cleaning services, but you will probably want to try a few simple clog-clearing methods first. Below are some of the dos and don’ts for doing drain cleaning yourself.

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Looking at Some Common Tankless Water Heater Troubles

November 21st, 2016

We really love tankless water heaters, especially the Navien brand tankless gas water heater. Here are a few of the reasons we recommend customers consider a tankless water heating option:

  • Takes up 80% less space than a standard 50 gallon storage tank water heater.
  • You can use your existing gas line for an easy retrofit.
  • Unlimited hot water supply—no tank to drain of hot water.
  • Tremendous energy savings: Navien water heaters can have up to a 0.99 Energy Factor, the highest in the industry.

However, no water heater—no matter how well manufactured—is invincible. Let’s look at some of the problems you may run into at some point with your tankless water heater.

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Drain Cleaning Service—Is Now the Time?

November 14th, 2016

A few months ago, we brought up the importance of drain cleaning and knowing when to schedule it. There are some definite warning signs you can watch out for that indicate the time for drain cleaning is now. But these are usually emergency situations, and drain cleaning professionals will come out to rescue you from the serious issue affecting the drainage in your home. (In some cases, this will require working with the sewer line for problems to solve even deeper problems.)

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How Skilled Plumbers Rescue Homes from Pinhole Leaks

November 7th, 2016

We’ve talked before about one of the major dangers that any plumbing system faces: the pinhole leak. Copper pipes are the dominant type of pipes found in most homes today, and one of the reasons for their popularity is their resistance to the corrosion that chews away older steel pipes. But there is a type of corrosion that does affect copper, and it’s this pitting corrosion that leads to the small pinhole leaks.

Pinhole leaks may be small, but they are still a huge problem for plumbing and create immense property damage if not fixed immediately. When you have pinhole leaks in your pipes, call our plumbing repair professionals right away, and they’ll fix it. This doesn’t involve just patching the leak, however. Here’s how we handle pinhole leaks.

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Ways to Tell It’s Time to Call for Water Heater Repairs

October 31st, 2016

The water heater in your home is one of the most important of all your appliances. No matter the temperature outside, no matter the time of year, your household relies on a steady supply of hot water for many tasks. Showering, bathing, cooking, cleaning. This is why it’s crucial to see that the water heater continues to work correctly all the time. To make sure that you schedule repairs in time, watch out for these indications—some not always obvious—that your water heater is running into problems.

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Install a New Energy-Efficient Water Heater for Your Home

October 23rd, 2016

If your house has been using the same water heater for many years, now is a good time to consider putting in a new system. Even if there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with your aging water heater, chances are strong that you’re paying more to run it than you should. Call our water heater specialists and ask about putting in a high-efficiency water heater that will lower your utility bills for many years to come.

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The Holidays Are Coming: Tips to Help Your Garbage Disposal!

October 17th, 2016

It’s past the middle of October, and with Halloween just around the corner, it means we’ve arrived at the start of the big parade of end-of-the-year holidays. You’ll have plenty of reasons to celebrate during the coming months, and many of those celebrations involve serving food—and sometimes big feasts.

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5 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom This Fall

October 10th, 2016

Fall is a time when many people put the vacation season out of their thoughts and get down to work in their homes: it’s a great time to have new appliances installed, maintenance scheduled, and even remodeling done.

Although the bathroom isn’t often the first room in a house that comes to mind when people are considering remodeling, there are some good reasons to target this room for a renovation. Here are just a few of them:

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Don’t Panic if the Toilet Overflows! Here’s What You Can Do

October 3rd, 2016

We understand that it’s a bit nerve-racking when you see the water level in the toilet bowl rise up higher than it should, moving toward the rim of the bowl. If this is due to a simple clog, then a standard plunger can take care of the issue before you have to worry about the toilet actually overflowing. (If clogs become a regular occurrence, on the other hand, contact a professional plumber to see if there’s something more seriously wrong with your bathroom plumbing.)

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