Plumbing Repair Tip: Common Sewer Line Problems

Monday, April 29th, 2013

You rely heavily on your sewer line every day to support the disposal of wastewater out of your home and into your septic tank or municipal waste management system. While they are built to endure lots of use and abuse, there may come a time when you encounter a problem with your sewer line. If this occurs, there’s no need to panic. Simply get in touch with your local plumbing professional so that you can understand what your options are. For superior Orlando plumbing repair, including sewer line problems, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

While all homes are different, there are some common problems worth noting.

  • Tree root penetration: Tree roots exert incredibly amounts of force as they move through the soil beneath your yard. If you have many trees in the vicinity of your home, then your sewer line may be at risk of damage by their roots. As they slowly press against the exterior of the pipe, they may eventually crack, dislodge, or even penetrate the sewer line, which can cause leaking into the yard. A major crack may lead to foul odors and wet spots in your yard.
  • Collapsed pipe: Over time, soil density may shift in response to ground-moving activities in the area, or due to erosion. Occasionally, this will lead to shifts in the distribution of weight over your sewer line. There may be circumstances under which your sewer line collapses due to increased weight. In other cases, collapsed pipe is a combination of wear and tear and old age. Whatever the cause, a collapsed pipe not only leads to sewage leaks into the ground beneath your yard, it also blocks the passage of wastewater, which can lead to serious problems inside you home.
  • Clogs: Over time, your sewer line may eventually fill up with enough organic waste, gunk, grease, mineral deposits, and other waste to create a resilient clog. If you have never had your drains inspected or cleaned, then it’s a great idea to do so before a clog prevents your plumbing from operating correctly.

For more information about sewer line problems, or to schedule superior Orlando plumbing repair services, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today! 

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Factors That May Damage Your Sewer in Orlando

Friday, April 26th, 2013

We rely on our sewer systems every day to provide safe, effective wastewater disposal. However, considering all the use that it gets, it will probably need professional repair at some point. Because of what it does and where it is, your sewer is subject to various potential factors that may affect its integrity and performance over the years. In this post, we’d like to look at a few that seem pressing. For more information about your sewer in Orlando, and whether it may need professional attention, call the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI).

  • Orlando Drain ServicesRoot penetration: The roots of trees are incredibly powerful. While they do not move fast, they carry a lot of force behind their extensions into the earth. If you have trees in the vicinity of your sewer line, then you may have to deal with the possibility that a root may penetrate your sewer line, causing it to crack and leak.
  • Soil erosion: While we feel only solid ground underneath our feet, the soil is constantly shifting. When parts of the underground soil composition erode, it can lead to shifts in soil density that can collapse your sewer line.
  • Nearby construction: When large machines move over the earth, the soil may expand or settle in adjacent areas. If you or your neighbor has a construction project, make sure the contractor knows about any sewer lines in the area.
  • Age of pipes: Over time, even the most durable sewer pipes corrode, crack, and collapse. Even when professionally installed, your sewer line is at risk when it hits a certain age. If you have an older home plumbing, you may wish to consult with a professional about pre-emptively replacing your sewer line before it causes a major disruption.

For more information about factors that can damage your sewer line, make sure you contact your local plumber. Sewer repairs should be taken care of immediately. If your sewer in Orlando needs professional attention, call the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today! 

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Plumber FAQ: How Does Video Pipe Inspection Work?

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Ensuring that your drain pipes and sewer lines are in good working condition is important, because accumulations and blockages can cause big problems over time. The technological developments of the last 20 years have allowed plumbers to take advantage of video pipe inspection methods that have offered unprecedented vision into the interior condition of our wastewater disposal systems. This service is available to customers who want to know whether they might benefit from drain cleaning or whether they’re in need of drain cleaning repair. In this post, we’d like to explain how video pipe inspect works so that you can stay informed. For more information, or to schedule an Orlando, FL plumber, call the video pipe inspection experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

There are several things the video pipe inspection technician looks for: damage pipes or joints, blockages, cracks and holes, and sections that need replacement. Video pipe inspection relies on a small camera and light installed at the end-tip of a video cable. The models range in length and diameter, but they are small enough to enter even small drainpipes. The cable is typically inserted at what’s known as a “clean out,” an access point used for drain service. As this camera travels through your drainpipe, it illuminates the entire surface and uses a camera with a swivel head to allow for comprehensive scanning. The color image is communicated to the inspector through the video cable and hooked up to a monitor. The apparatus is also equipped with a recorder so that the entire inspection can be shown to the homeowner. This allows you to see exactly what the technician sees.

We hope this gives you some idea about how video pipe inspection works. The next step is what you decide to do with your this data. Talk to your local plumber about drain cleaning and repair, and about whether your drainpipes are at risk of damage. For more information, call an Orlando, FL plumber at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

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Plumbing Repair Tip: Why Call a Professional Plumber?

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Your home plumbing runs through the walls and floors of your home, often unnoticed. Hot water emerges from your showerhead, your toilet flushes, the laundry machine gives you clean clothes; but we don’t often think of what materials or mechanisms make these modern necessities possible. That is, of course, until a leak appears or a drainpipe becomes clogged. For Orlando plumbing repair services, call the certified professionals at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

Here are some reasons to call a professional plumber:

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  • Safety: If you are a not qualified plumber, then you simply don’t know how to handle the piping in your home safely. Even small repairs can be fairly messy, if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.
  • Reliability: When you hire a pro, you know that your home plumbing system is in good hands. Any necessary repairs are not going to be quick fixes, or temporary bandages, but solutions to the root of the problem.
  • Knowledge: Your professional plumber has years of experience in this industry, and has seen a variety of problems, both small and large. But in addition to this practical hands-on experience of handling plumbing issues on a daily basis, he also has studied the mechanics of plumbing, and knows what materials are best suited for your particular project, how to detect leaks, and how to recommend lasting solutions.
  • Cost: While you may have originally begun your DIY project in order to save money, you may have only exacerbated the problem. When it’s finally time to call in the plumber to make sure the repair or maintenance work is done properly, you may have actually increased the cost of the service.

Make sure you get the exceptional plumbing service you need. When you have a water leak or need a new water heater, be sure to hire a pro. When you need Orlando plumbing repair, call the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI).

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Ways to Improve Water Pressure in Orlando, FL

Monday, April 15th, 2013

The water pressure in your home is measured in pounds per square inch (often-abbreviated psi). Depending on your location and the peculiarity of your home plumbing, your home water pressure may range anywhere between 40 and 80 psi. While high pressure in the home can lead to loud plumbing and, at some levels, burst pipe connections, too low pressure can result in poor water flow, especially upstairs. While your system is pressurized, gravity still plays a significant role: it can reduce the pressure of your vertical piping by a single psi every 2.31 feet. Water treatment systems and valves can also contribute to water pressure loss. If you need to improve your water pressure, it’s best to consult with a professional first. For more information, or when you need a plumber in Orlando, FL, call the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

  • Adjust pressure: If you are concerned about the low levels of water pressure in your home, then you can have a plumber adjust it at the main water supply, which may be in a basement, crawl space, or water meter. The valve to your water main controls the water pressure. Depending on your water supply, this can be more or less adjustable.
  • Install a booster pump: If the first option doesn’t work, then consider having a booster pump installed in your home. Your main water line will be routed through the booster pump, which goes to a water-pressure tank, and then into your home plumbing piping. While your water pressure will fluctuate slightly due to the presence of the pump, it can dramatically improve the water pressure in your home.
  • Check for leaks: One of the major causes of low water pressure is leaks. While it’s easy to spot an overflowing washing machine, hidden leaks can take their toll on your home water pressure, and also damage your home in the process. Keep an eye out for leaks when you have water pressure. If you see water stains or signs of discoloration on floors or walls, you may have a hidden water leak.

For more information, or to schedule plumbing service, call  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for a plumber in Orlando, FL today! 

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Building Homes for Heroes Ground Breaking

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Check out these great pictures and videos from the ground breaking ceremony for Army Specialist B.J. Jackson’s new home!

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Building Homes for Heroes on WESH-ORD (NBC) – Orlando, FL

Building Homes for Heroes on Central Florida’s TV 27 – Orlando, FL

Building Homes for Heroes on CW18 WKCF – Orlando, FL

Building Homes for Heroes on WESH-ORD (NBC) – Orlando, FL

Building Homes for Heroes on Central Florida’s TV 27 – Orlando, FL

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Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning

Monday, April 8th, 2013

It’s important to recognize the importance of our drains and sewerage systems. We tend to think of our drains only if they become clogged or damaged—then they are suddenly unforgettable. One of the best ways to ensure that your home plumbing continues to work well is to schedule professional drain cleaning. Your local plumber will know exactly how to address any problems you may be having, as well as maintain the integrity of your existing plumbing system. For professional drain cleaning in Orlando, FL, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of cleaning your drains:

  • Extend the life of your home plumbing. This is one of the most important reasons to have your drains cleaned regularly. While the materials of your supply and wastewater systems are built to last, over time they undergo significant wear and tear. Ensuring that any accumulations of mineral deposits, hair, grease, or other organic waste are removed on a routine basis is the best way to extend the life of your piping.
  • Prevent major blockages. Clearing major blockages cannot only be costly and time-consuming, but it can also lead to premature pipe failure. If it occurs in your sewer line, it may require video camera inspection and potentially pipe replacement, not to mention the effect on your life in the home. Professional drain cleaning is a cost-effective solution to preventing major blockages that can cause your system to backflow.
  • Improve system efficiency. If you’ve ever stood in a pool of soapy water when taking a shower, you know how annoying a slow drain can be. When professionally cleaned, your drains will move the wastewater rapidly out of your home and into the septic tank or municipal waste management system. This improves the hygiene and comfort of your home.

These are just a few of the benefits that come with professional drain cleaning in Orlando, FL. Call MPI today to schedule a service! 

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$100 off a Hybrid Water Heater!

Friday, April 5th, 2013

We rely on our water heaters on a daily basis to provide hot water for bathing, cleaning and washing. But with energy costs on the rise, many homeowners are looking for ways to increase their energy-efficiency without sacrificing the comfort they enjoy in their home. The hybrid water heater is a great way to do just that. Also known as a heat pump water heater, the hybrid water heater uses heat-transfer technology supplemented with electric direct-heat coils to make sure your hot water works well throughout the year. Remember, it’s important to receive a professional installation in order to maximize the potential benefits of a hybrid system.
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Let’s take a look at what makes a hybrid water heater distinctive. The typical water heater is a tanked storage system that uses either gas or electricity to heat up water and store it for use. The hybrid water heater also stores hot water for use, but instead of solely relying on a direct-heat source, it uses a heat-transfer technology to move heat, rather than converting it from an energy source. While in heat-pump mode, it still operates on electricity, but it uses energy up to 3 times more efficiently.

One of the greatest benefits to the hybrid water heater is that unlike a heat pump, it has a backup direct-heat mechanism that ensures that you never go without hot water. When the system determines that it is too cold outside or in the air surrounding the water heater to heat the water efficiently using the heat pump, it switches to the direct heating element. This function is fully programmable so that you can determine the operation of the hybridity to balance your energy efficiency and comfort.

Hybrid water heaters make a great addition to any home. And there’s never been a better time to upgrade or replace your ailing home water heater.  We are currently offering $100 off a hybrid water heater, check out the coupon here! For more information about our exceptional plumbing services, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

 

 

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Potential Problems with Your Drain or Sewer in Orlando

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The drain and sewer lines in your home perform a vital service. They are responsible for carrying wastewater away from your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners will experience a problem with their drain or sewer in Orlando at some point. If you have a problem with your plumbing system, call the drain and sewer repair professionals at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today. The professional plumbers on our team are happy handle any drain and sewer repair you may need. Contact us today to schedule service. The longer you wait to call MPI the more serious any problem is likely to become.

There are a number of different issues that your drain and sewer may experience in Orlando. A very common problem with these pipes is blockage. Drains are especially susceptible to clogs, and most can be traced back to user error. Many homes that have garbage disposals also suffer drain problems. This is often due to the fact that homeowners put the wrong items down their garbage disposal. Disposing of greasy foods in this manner can also cause a buildup of congealed grease, leaking to a clog. Letting food scraps, hair or other items make their way into your drains can lead to serious issues. A clogged drain or sewer line can throw off the pressure within that system, which can lead to much more serious issues than a clog.

The sewer that disposes of your waste is also susceptible to other issues, including corrosion, leaks and even tree root intrusion. No matter what the cause of the problem with your sewer line, the issue must be resolved as soon as possible. A broken or cracked sewer line can quickly lead to an unhygienic situation and serious damage to your plumbing or septic systems.

The professional plumbers at MPI can use the latest in technology, such as video camera pipe inspection, to pinpoint the source of the problems with your drain and sewer in Orlando. Contact us today to learn more. A certified plumber on the Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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