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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Why Is My Toilet Constantly Running?

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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What Causes Slab Leaks in the First Place?

Monday, 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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How Skilled Plumbers Rescue Homes from Pinhole Leaks

Monday, 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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Is There a Way I Can Find Hidden Leaks on My Own?

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Leaking pipes are one of the more difficult of plumbing problems to solve. The first trouble is actually locating the leak in the first place: since most pipes are disguised behind walls, floors, and under building foundations, it’s difficult to know the exact location of the leak unless water is pouring out through a crack somewhere. Usually, there are only warning signs to show that there is leak, such as elevated water bills, the water heater running at unusual times, and warping floorboards.

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How Video Camera Inspections Help with Drain Cleaning

Monday, May 25th, 2015

When we list off the most important tools used for drain cleaning, one item we include is video camera inspection equipment. Although it may sound odd mentioning a video camera in a list that includes hydro-jetters and mechanical drain augers, these pipe inspections cameras are an invaluable asset in drain cleaning services. They can make a huge difference in the time and effort requires to clean residential drains, as well as repair them.

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3 Ways to Tell That You Need Whole-House Repiping

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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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3 Common Repairs for Toilets

Friday, May 30th, 2014

The toilets in your home are functional and essential items for everyday living. Thankfully, modern designs make them durable and rarely prone to repair needs. But no appliance is 100% repair-free, and aside from standard clogs, your toilet may experience a number of problems that will call for a trained and licensed plumber to remedy them. Here are three of the more common repairs that a toilet might need and which a quality plumber can handle for you.

Chances are that when you need repairs for your toilet, you will need them fast! Make the call to Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), where we have 24-hour emergency services for plumbing repair in Orlando, FL. We’ve kept Central Florida’s plumbing working its best since 1975.

3 repairs for toilets that plumbers often handle

  1. Replacing the flapper in the tank: If a toilet starts to run continually, cycling water through the tank and the bowl without stop, it will waste an enormous amount of water and must to be repaired right away. The likely trouble is a deteriorating flapper inside the tank; the flapper is designed to seal the bottom of the tank after filling the bowl, but if the rubber decays, nothing will stop the water from running into the bowl continuously. A plumber can replace the worn flap.
  2. Resealing the toilet to the floor: Any sign of leaking from the bowl, especially around the base of the toilet, is reason to call for repairs immediately. (Not only is the toilet in trouble, the leaking can seriously damage your floor). One possible reason for this leaking is the loss of the wax sealing ring under the toilet where it is secured to the bathroom floor. A plumber will need to loosen and pry the toilet from the floor and replace this important wax ring, then re-attach and re-seal the toilet to the floor and make certain there are no more leaks.
  3. Replacing tank-to-bowl bolts and gaskets: One common reason for leaking between the bowl and the tank are loose or decaying gaskets. To fix this problem, the plumber must first remove the toilet tank from the bowl and replace the washers and sponge gaskets necessary to create the appropriate seal between the two sections. When the two sections are restored, you should no longer have problems from leaking.

Beware self-repairs!

People often try to fiddle around with parts in the tank of a toilet with little idea what they are doing. Please avoid DIY repair attempts like this! There is a chance of creating a worse leak and a larger repair. Trust to the work of professional plumbers to handle any repair trouble that comes your way.

You won’t have to wait long for repairs when you go with Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). Our excellent staff is ready any time of the day or night to bring you the necessary plumbing service in Orlando, FL that can fix any issue in your bathroom, kitchen, or elsewhere in your home. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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