Plumbing Question: What is a Lift Station?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In the case of most Winter Springs homes, waste water and sewage flows down. Bathrooms are often above ground level and drain pipes use the natural gravitational force that pulls waste down to exit your home. However, in some cases and often in the case of commercial buildings with multiple basement levels, a lift station is needed.

 What is a Lift Station?

A lift station is a device that pumps sewage or waste water from a lower elevation to a higher elevation. This is necessary if the difference between the two is not enough for the flow of the water to overcome. Sometimes it is necessary when there isn’t enough hydraulic head and others when alternative solutions would be too costly or require too much work to make applicable.

A lift station will also come with a wet well, allowing the station to be operated automatically with a control system. the wet well is not designed to store the waste water or sewage but to provide the leverage needed for the pump to effectively remove the waste water without it ever becoming backed up.

 Do You Need a Lift Station?

Lift station use in residential applications is not highly common, mostly because homes are build from the ground up with sewage lines below the water grade. But in some cases, if your home is built into the side of a hill or if you have rooms in your basement, below exiting sewer lines, you may notice low flow when flushing waste water from a toilet or bath tub which could be resolved with a life station.

The best way to be sure is to call a Winter Springs plumber to test your water flow and determine if a lift station would provide the kind of benefits you are looking for. The installation procedure is relatively simple and, for those suffering from poor drainage from low elevation fixtures, either in residential or commercial settings, it is a good solution.

For any residential or commercial plumbing service you need in Winter Springs, give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. a call today!

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Save on Whole House Repiping and Orlando Area Pipe Replacement

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Even though the pipes in a home should last between 25 and 50 years, some people are finding they need to repipe earlier than expected. Corrosion and scaling are two of the major causes of a failed plumbing system. These issues can cause reduced flow, pinhole leaks and slab leaks that if ignored may result in extensive damage. If you are experiencing these issues you will most likely need pipe replacement. For recurring issues whole house pipe replacement may be the best solutions. Although repiping may sound daunting, the plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) have the experience and skill to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

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Call now and save $200 off on a whole house repiping. MPI provides plumbing, drain, sewer, water heater and water filtration services in Orlando, Maitland and the surrounding Central Florida areas.

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Plumbing Question: What is a Booster Pump?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

If you own or operate a business in the Orlando area and the plumbing is not sufficient for your needs, or if you plan on expanding your operations and know that your current plumbing and water pressure won’t get the job done, it is important that you consider an upgrade like a booster pump.

Booster pumps are simple devices that are attached to your main water lines to increase water pressure to compensate for things like extensive pipe networks, elevation changes in multi-story buildings and more. Basically, if your building is very large or has industrial water needs, a booster pump will compensate for whatever deficiencies there are in the municipal water supply.

Why A Booster Pump Might Be Necessary

There are a couple of reasons why you might need such a pump. To start, your business might be at the end of a supply line, meaning decreased water pressure from what is intended. Second, you might have an extensive, multi-story building with far more pipes than the municipal supply is designed to serve.

In both cases, the water must flow through quite a bit of pipe, and because of that, friction starts to slow down the water flow. Of course, older booster pumps were noisy and used a lot of energy to get the job done. Today’s pumps are very quiet and efficient so it is not a burden to have one installed. In fact, for many area businesses these pumps are essential for proper plumbing operation.

If you decide a booster pump is a good fit for your Orlando plumbing, make sure you call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc – these systems need to be carefully calibrated to provide just enough boost without damaging your pipes.

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New Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. Truck Design!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

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Take a look at our fresh new truck design! We hope you enjoy seeing our new trucks around your Orlando area neighborhood. Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. is proud to provide plumbing, water heater, backflow prevention and plumbing remodeling services throughout Winter Springs, Apopka and Central Florida. If you are looking for a plumber with the expertise and customer service you deserve, look no further than Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc.

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Orlando Plumbing Guide: Choosing a High Efficiency Water Heater

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Heating water uses 15% or more of total energy consumption in a home. Choosing a high efficiency water heater helps you reduce the amount of energy you use to heat water by between 10% and 50%, and thereby helps you save a lot on your energy bills. If you have decided to invest in a high efficiency water heater in Orlando, it is advisable to understand how they work and what to look for when making your selection.

  • Tank Water Heaters

This type of water heater features an insulated storage tank with various capacities like 20, 40 or 80 gallons, where water is kept hot and ready for use all the times.  Tank water heaters come with various fuel options like natural gas, propane, electricity and oil.

  • Tankless Water Heaters

In this type of water heater, water is circulated through a coil and is heated only on demand. They can run on either gas or electricity and they do not have any storage tank to keep hot water always ready for use. This means that tankless water heaters don’t use energy when you’re not using hot water, but they are also limited concerning how much water they can heat at once.

  • Heat Pump Water Heaters

These types of water heaters have heat pumps that transfer heat from the surrounding air to water in a tank. They are more efficient than many other types of water heaters because they simply extract heat from the air rather than directly generating it by burning fuel. They are especially effective in warm climates where the outdoor temperature never gets too low for any length of time.

Comparing the EF (Energy Factor) of each type of water heater is the best way to see which has the highest energy efficiency. If the energy factor is high, the unit will be more efficient. High efficiency water heaters that use natural gas as a fuel source come with an EF of .65 or more.  Tankless water heaters have an EF of .82 or higher. Though these water heaters cost twice as much as standard water heaters, they are more energy efficient and help you cut your energy bills significantly. If you want to choose an electric heat pump water heater, choosing the one with EF of 2.2 or more can help you get greater energy savings. For more information about installing a new water heater in Orlando, give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) a call today!

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Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. is the Plumber for Your Plumbing Repairs!

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Plumbing Repairs | Orlando | Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc.If you are looking for a quality plumber with the know-how and customer service to get the job done right, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. We can take care of all your plumbing installation and repair needs in the Orlando area. We even offer 24/7 emergency service for any emergency repair needs.

If you need plumbing repairs done over the weekend, after hours or on holidays call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. Simply call our emergency service line and leave a message. A technician will get back to you in a timely manner to address your plumbing issue and schedule a repair visit. Our customers say we provide, “great service and communication,” “Modern Plumbing is fast, friendly and gets the job done when they say they will. Prices are the best I can find.”

 

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Plumber’s Guide: Switching to Low Flow Fixtures

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

An average toilet uses around 20 gallons of water per family member per day. This number can be greatly reduced by switching to a low flow toilet. Similarly, the water usage in your Orlando plumbing can be minimized when you replace any of your old fixtures with new, low flow alternatives.

When low flow toilets were first introduced, people worried a lot about clogging or double flushing. This is much less of a problem with the models on the market today, making low flow toilets and other types of fixtures a great option for just about any home.

Looking for the Most Effective Solution

There is a variety of solutions available to help you make the transition from regular to low flow fixtures smoothly. These include pressure assist systems, gravity fed systems, and single and double flush technologies. However, the best way to evaluate which is the solution for you is to find out which one serves the purpose of clearing the toilet in a single flush the best. There are various tests that are carried out to measure this very efficacy. So make sure you choose a model that has high ratings in this regard.

Choosing between Pull and Push

When it comes to wash-down methods to empty the toilet bowl, there are two options to consider. The siphonic method pulls the waste down from the bowl. The wash-down method, on the other hand, pushes the waste down from above. Since European models are more widely available on the market today, the push down method is more prevalent.

The push-down method is also the one with the lowest chance of clogging. On the other hand, the siphonic method is better at preventing marks from developing on the bowl, so it is up to you to decide what is more important to you when selecting your new toilet.

Costlier Isn’t Always Better

When looking to switch to any type of low flow fixtures, it’s important to remember that costlier isn’t necessarily always better. In other words, paying more for these fixtures doesn’t guarantee better performance. What you must do is to ensure that the new fixtures met the High Efficiency Toilet (HET) standards or the equivalent for the type of fixture you’re interested in. For more information about upgrading your Orlando plumbing, give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) a call!

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