A Closer Look at the Problem of Sewer Line Corrosion

November 20th, 2017

broken-sewer-pipeThe sewer line that connects the drains of your plumbing system to the municipal sewer line that runs down the center of the street is one of the most important parts of your household plumbing. Of course, it’s not actually inside the house itself and it’s entirely hidden from your sight down in a trench. This pipe is built to endure for decades without trouble, but many sewer lines are over 50 years old and made from out-of-date material such as cast iron and galvanized steel. This puts the pipeline in serious danger of corrosion, leading to leaks and breaks.

A damaged pipeline jeopardizes the sewer system of house and can mean catastrophic problems. You need to have professionals repair, and in most cases, replace the sewer line if it’s suffering from corrosion.

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Do You Need Commercial Sump Pump Services?

November 6th, 2017

water-waveSump pumps are essential parts of many homes in Florida because of the stormy season that can create terrible flooding. In many parts of the country, sump pumps are installed down in basements. Homes here in Florida rarely have basements, so the sump pumps are part of the crawlspace where they remove water from the lowest part of the building structure and pump it out into the wastewater system. A professionally installed sump pump protects a home from serious water damage and keeps away excess moisture that can lead to mold and mildew growth.

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Some Facts You May Not Know about Hydro-Jetting

October 23rd, 2017

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramDrain cleaning is one of the most important services that any plumbing contractor can provide. We take special pride in the equipment we use for drain cleaning and the skill of our plumbers at handling the job. We can take care of the worst clogs stopping up drains in both commercial and residential plumbing, and we can use drain cleaning as a preventive measure to help keep away clogs and other drainage problems in the future.

Our main tool for handling great drain cleaning in Orlando, FL and throughout Central Florida is the hydro-jetter.

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Is This Happening to Your Plumbing? Call for Repairs Right Away!

October 9th, 2017

high-pressure-pipe-leakingThe plumbing in even a small family home is complex, consisting of extensive piping made of different materials, a water main, a sewer line, numerous fixtures and appliances, valves, and more. Plenty can go wrong with plumbing, and it’s only the skill of modern plumbing installers that makes plumbing problems only occasional issues. Drain clogs and leaky faucets are among the most common repair issues that you will encounter with your household’s plumbing, and these are troubles you can easily have fixed by calling a plumber to schedule repairs at your earliest convenience.

There are other plumbing problems that require fast action—the types of plumbing malfunctions that can lead to massive water waste, extensive water damage, or a ruined appliance. These emergencies can’t wait for convenience to arrange. When they strike, you must call a licensed, professional plumber right away. Below are some these issues that require moving fast to have emergency plumbing repairs done.

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What Does the “Hybrid” Mean in Hybrid Water Heaters?

September 25th, 2017

question-mark-badgeWith the multiple options available today when it comes to new water heater installation, people can become confused about just what type of system they’re looking for. The standard storage tank water heater remains popular, but there’s competition from the energy-efficient tankless water heater.

The option we want to look at today, the hybrid water heater, is one that can cause some bewilderment among homeowners. The word “hybrid” in hybrid water heater can mean different things depending on whom you ask. We’re going to go into detail about the hybrid water heaters we offer and what makes them “hybrid.”

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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 Health. 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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