How the Anode Rod Protects Your Water Heater

May 18th, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

One of the major dangers for any metal appliance that comes into contact with water is corrosion. This chemical reaction when water meets metal in the presence of oxygen will rapidly weaken the metal to the point that it flakes away. Yet water heaters—large metal appliances that are in constant contact with water—very rarely develop rust until the end of their services lives. Continue Reading

4 Reasons You Should Never Use Store-Bought Drain Cleaners

May 11th, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

You see them on the shelves whenever you go grocery shopping and head down the “cleaning supplies” aisle: Bottles of liquid drain cleaners that advertise themselves as a fast, inexpensive, and easy way to clear out slow drains and aggravating drain clogs. These products are so ubiquitous that many homeowners will turn to them as a first resort when they need to have their drains cleaned. Continue Reading

What Kind of Water Treatment System Should I Have Installed for My Home?

May 5th, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

If you are asking this question, then you probably have some reason to believe that you are not receiving the quality of water that you want from the municipal system. Are you experiencing issues with flaky deposits on the plumbing? Does the water exude an unpleasant smell or have a metallic taste? Do you think that an increase in the number of illnesses in your household are coming from the water supply? Or do you just have the suspicion that your home’s water could be better?

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3 Ways to Tell That You Need Whole-House Repiping

April 27th, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

Replacing all the pipes in a home is a major task, and probably the largest plumbing repair that an residence may require. But there are many cases where it is the best solution to numerous plumbing problems. If it is done right, it will ensure a plumbing system will work with few repair problems for many decades to come.

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How Much Water Can I Save with a Low Flow Faucet Installation?

April 20th, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

Over the past few decades, many standard residential plumbing fixtures, such as faucets and toilets, have been upgraded to use much less water. But if you are a homeowner who is interested in going beyond the standard, there are special low-flow fixtures that can help you with immense savings. How much? Well, let’s look at one example of a low-flow fixture: the low-flow faucet. Continue Reading

What Does a Reverse Osmosis System Do and Should I Have One Installed?

April 13th, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

If you have ever looked into the possibility of having a water treatment system installed for your home, you will have come across something known as a reverse osmosis system. These are one of the most common kinds of residential water treatment systems to help improve water quality. For some homes, they are the ideal solution the issues with contamination in the water supply.

However, they are not the right filtration system for every household. When you are looking for water treatment for your home, make sure that you seek the assistance of professionals. They will find out what pollutants you need removed and what is the best system to remove them. Continue Reading

How to Spot Corroding Pipes

April 2nd, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

One of the biggest threats to any plumbing system is corrosion. As pipes get old and rusty, they begin to degrade, and this corrosion could lead to a major leak on your property that would do some serious damage. Eventually, any pipes will need replacement, but it’s always best to replace the pipes before they corrode than to wait for a leak to flood your yard or damage your home. But what can you do to prevent this from happening? How can you tell when corrosion is near? We’ve created this guide to answer just those questions.

When you need quality plumbing services in Winter Park, call the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We offer pipe inspection and quality pipe replacement services with minimal damage to your property.

Signs of Corrosion

  • Water Discoloration – If your water begins to develop a yellowish color, a strange taste, or if you notice red flakes, these are all early signs of corrosion. Rusting inevitably leads to corrosion, and in general, the entire water line will need replacement in order to avoid the effects of corrosion.
  • Drop in Water Pressure – If your water pressure plummets, there may be a few different causes. However, when it affects multiple faucets in the home, it’s most likely a leak in the water line. This could indicate corrosion or another issue that requires prompt repair.
  • Old Age – One of the signs that your pipes are at risk of corrosion has to do with how old your pipes are. Galvanized pipes, which were common plumbing installations before the 1970s, begin to rust after a few decades, which is why today’s pipes are made of less-corrosive copper.
  • Visit from a Plumber – Not sure whether your pipes are at risk? Call a plumber for an inspection and maintenance visit today. With a plumbing maintenance visit, your plumber will inspect all of the most important components of your system, from the drain pipes to the water heater to the showerhead, make a few adjustments, and inform you of any trouble that needs repair.

Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for more information about pipe replacement and corrosion or to find out if your plumbing system in Winter Park is at risk.

New Water Heater Standards Go into Effect April 16

March 31st, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

Big changes are coming for water heaters this month: The U.S. Department of Energy has created a new mandate for residential water heater efficiency standards that will go into effect on April 16, 2015. This mandate will require a higher energy factor on all almost all residential gas, electric and tankless water heater systems. Our team at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) would like to share this important information with you and explain how it may affect your future water heater needs, service and installations.

What is “energy factor”?

Energy factor, or EF, is how efficiently a water heater converts the power sent to it into actual hot water. The higher the EF, the less energy is lost in the process. EF is listed as a fraction of a hundred, so a water heater with 0.85 EF converts 85% of its energy into hot water, and loses 15%. If you do not know what the EF of your current water heater is, contact a professional.

What are the new regulations?

The Department of Energy’s new mandate is a result of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA), and it restricts manufacturers from producing new units that do not live up to the new standards. The majority of water heaters must have higher EF than previous: each type of water heater has a different regulation change.

How this will affect your home’s water heater

Although the restrictions prohibit manufacturers from producing water heaters that do not meet the new standards, contractors can still buy and install already existing water heaters after April 16. As a consumer, you do not have to stop using your current water heater if it does not meet the requirements. You can continue with maintenance as usual, and you regular technicians will still be allowed to handle routine inspections, adjustments, and repairs.

However, we strongly advise that you begin to think about your next water heater installation and how these new regulations will affect it. The long-term benefits of the new regulations include helping you save energy and seeing that your water heater has increased performance over its lifespan. The experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) will be glad to help you navigate the new regulations and locate a water heater type that will match both your budget and your water heater needs.

Modern does have a limited stock of the 65 and 80 gallon electric heaters that will no longer be manufactured after April 16. If you currently have a 30-50 gallon electric lowboy heater the new models may not fit in your existing space. Once again we have some of these heaters in stock but they will not last long.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. Presents Awards to the World Plumbing Day Poster Contest Winners!

March 27th, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

Our entire team here at MPI really enjoyed seeing all the submissions and enthusiasm for World Plumbing Day 2015.  We wanted to send out a special post showing the winners and their posters.  Check them out below and join us in congratulating them on a great job!

We love our Orlando area community and enjoy engaging with the youth about a topic we love, PLUMBING!  We’re already looking forward to 2016′s contest.  We will post details on our Facebook page in January, 2016…


What to Consider before Water Heater Installation

March 25th, 2015 by Anthony Bracco

When it’s time for a new water heater it can be a bit stressful, especially if your older unit has broken down. Without any hot water, you may be tempted to let any technician into your home to remove the older unit and find a suitable replacement. But be aware: the water heater you purchase now may break down too soon or raise your bills significantly if you don’t have the right type of system for your home—and the right company for the job.

The Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) team will invest time in measuring your home, discussing your needs, and helping you to find the water heater that is best for everyone involved. Schedule water heater installation in Sanford, FL with one of our plumbers if you want friendly service from a name you can trust.

Things to keep in mind

Before you schedule water heater installation, there are a few things that you should know about water heaters.

  • An oversized or undersized system can be problematic. Make sure the technician is informed of your family’s hot water usage habit. A water heater that is too small may not get the job done, and a unit that is too big will use up a lot of energy over the years.
  • Affordable systems may actually cost you over time. Many homeowners feel that it’s important to save money initially when selecting a new water heater. However, inexpensive units are not usually as energy efficient as some of their competitors, and you’ll end up paying more in your monthly energy or utility bills. Select an ENERGY STAR rated water heater for optimal efficiency.
  • A tankless unit may be right for you. You may have heard that tankless water heaters use up less energy, as these heat up water instantly rather than storing hot water for later use. A tankless water heater is not right for every home, but it could be just what your family needs.
  • You can also install a hybrid heat pump water heater. You can also choose a hybrid heat pump water heater, one of the most efficient units out there because of its ability to move heat from place to place rather than generate it.

Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) to further discuss your options for our professional water heater installation service in Sanford, FL with one of our trained professionals today.