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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How to Save Water in the Kitchen

May 8th, 2017

white-kitchenThe kitchen has a large number of plumbing pipes and appliances serving it. The only room that uses more water for plumbing is the bathroom, and kitchens often have more appliances in them. This makes the kitchen a key place to focus in a home when it comes to finding ways to cut down on water use. And you do need to cut down: every home right now is probably using more water than necessary, and it doesn’t require many changes to start lowering your monthly water bills (and helping the environment in the process).

We’re going to look at some of the ways you can lower water use with your kitchen plumbing in Orlando, FL. Some of these methods need the assistance of great professional plumbers, and if you live in Central Florida, we’re the people to contact!

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Why Our Plumbers Favor Copper and CPVC Piping

April 24th, 2017

copper-piping-and-fixturesIn the first half of the 20th century, and in fact all the way up through the 1970s, the most common type of material used in fresh water pipes for homes and businesses was galvanized steel, lead, cast iron, and even clay. But the cost of these materials, the ease with which they broke and corroded over time, as well as the dangers they posed from allowing toxicity into drinking water, led to them being replaced with new materials by the 1980s: principally copper and various types of plastic such as PEX, PVC, and CPVC. These newer piping materials reduce costs, benefit the environment, last longer, and help keep drinking water safe for households.

When you call on our plumbers to replace pipes or to handle more extensive repiping services in Winter Springs, FL, they will use a variety of different materials to see that the best job gets done. And the two materials we favor the most are copper and CPVC (chlorinated polyvinyl chloride).

So why are these two the piping materials of choice? Let’s take a closer look.

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Sign Up for One of Our Commercial Plumbing Maintenance Contracts

April 10th, 2017

plumbing-pipesAlmost any business relies on indoor plumbing, making regular plumbing service essential for successful operation. Food service companies have even higher plumbing needs, and poor plumbing upkeep can lead to a business shutting down because of code violations.

Although you can always depend on our commercial plumbers for fast repairs for your business—leak detection, booster pump fixes, sump pump replacements—we strongly recommend you arrange for regular commercial plumbing maintenance through one of our customized maintenance agreements. Below are two of the critical services (among many) that come with routine plumbing maintenance for your business.

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Why We Recommend Hydro-Jetting for Drain Cleaning

March 27th, 2017

water-down-drainOne of the most important jobs that we offer to our customers in Central Florida is regular and emergency drain cleaning. Drain cleaning services are the best way to remove major clogging and slow drains when they happen. It’s also an incredibly effective preventive measure for plumbing. Scheduling drain cleaning in Winter Springs, FL once a year helps to stop future clogs and also keeps away bad odors and other troubles in the drains.

There are different techniques to perform drain cleaning. A common tool that plumbers use is the motorized drain auger (a.k.a. a drain snake). This is similar to the hand crank drain augers you may use at times on simple clogs, only it’s much more powerful. We sometimes use drain augers to do the job, but our preferred method is hydro-jetting.

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A Checklist for Your Plumbing This Spring

March 13th, 2017

Tools_tools_house-smWe’re almost to the official start of the spring season (mark your calendars, if they aren’t pre-marked, for March 20). This means the time for spring cleaning. The term “spring cleaning” can mean plenty of things: it can apply to everything from your garden to the hard drive on your computer—much of which doesn’t really have anything to do with the season except that the name implies you’re getting a fresh start. After all, why not take the time in early spring to attend to some important cleaning and maintenance jobs?

But your plumbing definitely needs some attention that this time of year, since it goes through a lot of work over the winter. Even in sunny Florida, plumbing benefits from some spring check-ups and maintenance from professionals.

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World Plumbing Day 2017 Poster Contest Winners!

March 10th, 2017

A big THANK YOU to all who participated in the 2017 World Plumbing Day Poster Contest.
The team here at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. loved seeing over 500 submissions and the enthusiasm for World Plumbing Day 2017. We wanted to send out a special post showing all the winners and their posters. Check them out below and join us in congratulating them on a great job!
There was tremendous turnout this year and we look forward to the continued growth of this project in the years to come.

Check out the amazing stats on school participation below!

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Some Important Water Heater Safety Tips

February 27th, 2017

water-heater-plumbing-toolsYou may have heard stories about water heaters that turn into rockets that blast through the roof and into the sky because they haven’t been kept in good repair. This may sound a ­bit exaggerated, but it has been known to happen on occasion. (There was even a Mythbusters episode that discovered it’s not a myth.) But there are other smaller dangers that can develop in water heaters if they don’t receive regular care and some checks now and then.

We’ve put together a few tips to make sure that your water heater stays safe all around the year—and stays in great working condition. When you need extra assistance, such as repairs and maintenance, our plumbers can take care of it.

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Taking a Closer Look at When to Replace Your Pipes

February 13th, 2017

piping-materialWhen we talk about “plumbing replacements,” much of the time we’re referring to putting in new plumbing fixtures that have worn down from age. For example, putting in a new low-flow toilet in the bathroom, or replacing a leaking kitchen sink faucet.

But there is another type of plumbing replacement that homes may need, which is extensive replacing of all the pipes. This repiping removes pipes that are suffering corrosion and decay from general wear. We’re going to take a close look at when you should arrange for old pipe replacement and new pipe installation in Orlando, FL with our team of plumbers. You may not realize it, but the time could be now. A major plumbing break can lead to expensive property damage, and getting ahead of this is a wise idea.

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What Causes Slab Leaks in the First Place?

January 30th, 2017

piping-toolsThe term slab leak is a bit of plumber-speak for any leak that occurs in the cold or hot water pipes set down in the concrete foundation of a home. It can also refer to any pipe down in a rock surface, but for residential buildings this almost always applies to the foundation.

Slab leaks are major problems for homes, since not only do they end up wasting large amounts of water, they can also cause damage to the house, lead to the growth of mold and mildew, and place extra stress on the water heater if the leaks happen in the hot water lines (which is around 80% of the time). Professional plumbers are trained and equipped to locate slab leaks so they can be fixed.

But why do slab leaks start in the first place? A pipe that’s set down in concrete would seem to be well protected from the damages that can lead to pipe breaks. But there are different forces that can create a slab leak underneath a home. Below are three of the more common.

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