Water Heater FAQs

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Hot showers and baths, clean sheets, linens, and clothing, pristine dishware—you rely on your water heater more than you may recognize. With professional installation and plumbing maintenance, your water heater will last for years, but eventually it may be in need of repair, or even replacement. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today for comprehensive plumbing services, including water heater installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance.

Winter Springs Water HeaterHere are several water heater FAQs: 

  • Should I get a tank or tankless water heater? Great question. It’s certainly one that’s likely a common concern for those homeowners looking for a new water heater. Work with a plumber to figure out exactly how much hot water you need on a daily basis. While tank systems tend to be more cost-effective upfront, tankless systems often achieve much better energy efficiency in the long-term.
  • What’s a hybrid water heater? A hybrid water heater is a highly energy efficient option for producing hot water in the home. It’s called a “hybrid” system because it utilizes conventional natural gas as a fuel supply, as well as an electric heat pump. The latter component draws in thermal energy from the air surrounding the heater itself, thus reducing the amount of natural gas necessary to produce hot water. A hybrid water heater gives you energy efficiency options without sacrificing the comfort of certain hot water when you need it. 
  • What’s that strange sound coming from my water heater? If there is a rumbling or boiling water sound coming from the bottom of your water heater, you may have excessive buildup of sediment or scale at the bottom of your tank. This can lead to increased damage and scalding temperatures so it’s best to get it checked out by a professional plumber as soon as possible.

Call  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today for comprehensive Winter Springs water heater services.

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Water Heater Guide: How to Detect a Water Heater Leak

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Is there a puddle of water on the ground near your water heater? Have you noticed a decline in the amount of hot water in your home? You rely on your water heater nearly every day to provide hot baths and showers, and clean dishes and laundry. With professional installation and routine maintenance, you can keep your water heater working well for years to come, but there comes a time when you may also need professional repair. One such problem occurs when your water heater springs a leak. Leaks can occur anywhere water is contained, but are particularly susceptible at valves and joints. In today’s post, we’d like to give you some examples of water heater leaks so that you won’t have any trouble recognizing one. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today for comprehensive Winter Springs heater heater services.

  • Condensation: This isn’t a leak! We put this one first because it’s often mistaken for one. If you see beads of water on the outside of your water heater, then it’s probably not a leak, but condensation due to the temperature difference between the interior of the water heater and the ambient air surrounding it. If the ambient outside air is warmer than the cold water entering the tank, this can occur.
  • Pressure overload: Your water heater is a tank under pressure, and this pressure needs to be controlled. Over time, it builds up and may need to be released. There is a pressure release valve that allows your tank to recalibrate itself. You may find that this leaks some water now and then, but if it’s a substantial leak, this may be a problem worth calling a plumber about.
  • Loose drain valve: Your water heater has a drain valve that allows your service technician to flush the tank and remove any sediment periodically. If the valve becomes loose, however, then this can lead to hot water leaking onto the floor. It’s best to make sure your water heater is repaired ASAP.

If you’re in need of professional water heater repair, call MPI for superior Winter Springs  water heater services today! 

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How Drain Cleaning Can Help Your Home or Business in Orlando

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Orlando Drain CleaningYou probably rely a lot more on your plumbing than you think. Both homes and businesses alike need effective and efficient wastewater disposal systems, and drain cleaning so critical to the operation of your plumbing. Organic waste and mineral deposits can accumulate inside the interior of your piping and cause the aperture of your pipe to decrease, which reduces water flow and can cause all sorts of problems. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) to hear more about our superior drain cleaning services.

  • How does it work? Drain cleaning should always be performed by a qualified plumber. While the needs of each job are potentially different, we would probably begin with a video camera inspection to figure out which areas of your drains are causing problems. While we will clean every interior surface, knowing where the problematic areas are in advance helps us target them. A special nozzle is attached to the end of a hose. A specialized compressor allows your pipes to be cleaned at an incredible pressure.
  • What are the benefits? The benefits are clear. Not only do you reduce the possibility of serious clogs and major malfunctions to your plumbed appliances, but you also extend the longevity of your piping. Considering the resources required to replace your drain pipes, it’s a good idea to make sure that you do everything you can to avoid repiping, unless it is absolutely necessary. Drain cleaning can ensure that plumbing problems do not get in the way of you and your business.

As one of the leading plumbing companies in Orlando, we take great pride in the quality of our workmanship and the satisfaction of our customers. Call MPI today for professional drain cleaning services.

 

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Plumber’s Guide: Problems Caused by Roots in Your Drain Lines

Monday, May 20th, 2013

If you ask any Orlando plumber, one of the more serious problems that can arise with your home plumbing system occurs when roots invade your drain lines. In this post, we’d like to talk a little about this problem so that you can stay informed about ways your plumbing might be affected. If you need an exceptional Orlando plumber, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

  • Multiple clogs: If you find that you have not one, but two or more serious clogs in your home at one time, it may be an indication that something’s wrong with your sewer line. Your sewer line is the big drainpipe of your home that connects your wastewater disposal system to the septic tank or the municipal waste management system. Simultaneous clogs often indicate a serious problem deep within your drainpipes that requires professional attention. If it’s serious enough, your home may be at risk of backflow, which is the cross-contamination of supply and wastewater systems.
  • Wet spots in your yard: If it’s not raining and you don’t have a sprinkler on, then those puddles of water in your yard are probably coming from below the ground. Tree roots exert considerable amounts of pressure and if they’re large enough, they can actually penetrate the surface of the drainpipe itself and this can lead to sewage leaking into your yard. This is not only bad news for your plumbing, but it can also become a health hazard.
  • Foul odors: One of the side effects of wet spots in your yard caused by tree root penetration of your drainpipes will likely be foul odors. But they can also occur within your home. If the wastewater is blocked, then the odors of the drain system may waft up through the drains and directly into your living space.

If you need an Orlando plumber to come take a look at your drain lines, then don’t hesitate to call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today! We offer both drain repair and drain cleaning.

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Ask a Plumber: Why Won’t My Toilet Stop Running?

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Toilet problems can be incredibly disruptive. As one of the most used appliances in your home, you need to make sure that it operates well every day throughout the year. One of the most common problems that we come across is toilets that continue to run long after flushing. While this may seem like an inconsequential, minor issue, it can actually lead to leaks and higher utility bills. There’s no repair too minor (or too large) for a professional Orlando plumber, so call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today.

Ask an Orlando Plumber: Why Won't my Toilet Stop Running?In order to better understand what the problem is with your toilet and why it won’t stop running, it’s useful to first look at how your toilet functions. Your toilet is comprised of three major components: the flushing mechanism, bowl siphon, and the refill mechanism. Simply physical principles ensure that there is a consistent and constant level of water in your toilet at all times. Water conforms to a container or surface because of gravity and the curvature of the pipe behind the bowl allows the overflowing of the bowl by the tank to cause the toilet to flush. So long as the bowl is filled quickly with enough water to activate the siphon, your toilet will flush.

The tank behind the toilet bowl rapidly dumps several gallons of water into the siphon, which causes the bowl’s contents to overflow down the drainpipe. But in order to control the flow, your toilet tank has a flush valve that controls the flushing mechanism. The filler float, which looks like a ball connected to the end of a stick senses the level of water in the tank, and tells the filler valve to send water into the tank and the bowl after the flush is complete, so that the flush mechanism can be restored.

A sticky or damaged flush valve can cause a toilet to run constantly after flushing. It may also be a problem with the chain that connects the handle to that mechanism. Sometimes a jiggle on the handle will ensure that the tank fills back up, but you may need to replace the part to ensure that it doesn’t happen regularly.

Call MPI today if you need an excellent Orlando plumber. We’d be happy to take care of your any problems with your home plumbing.

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Plumbing Question: Why Must a Professional Handle My Drain Cleaning?

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

You depend a lot on the integrity and effectiveness of your plumbing systems. You rely on them to supply pressurized potable water throughout your home so that you can keep yourself, your clothes and dishes clean, and so that you can prepare food. You rely on your wastewater disposal system to remove organic waste from your home, and to ensure that you can flush the toilet and take a shower. Your drains endure a significant amount of wear and tear over the course of their service lifespan. In order to operate well, they need to be professionally inspected and cleaned. But you may be wondering why a professional should always be hired to handle your Orlando drain cleaning. We’d like to explain its importance in this post. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today for details about our excellent plumbing services.

  • Thoroughness: Our professional drain cleaning service offers an incredibly thorough clearing of your drainpipes. Only with the right equipment and skills can you expect your drains to perform well. We use the latest technologies and techniques to ensure that your drains perform like new. Hydro-jetting uses a highly pressurized water stream to dislodge hair, grease, and even mineral deposits from your drain piping.
  • Quality: Another factor to consider is the quality of the drain cleaning service. You need drain cleaning that is highly efficient so that it doesn’t take too long to be finished, but you want the service to be as long lasting as possible. Don’t settle for harsh chemicals being poured down your drains. Professional drain cleaning is safe and won’t deteriorate your piping. Considering the cost of drainpipe replacement, you should make sure you receive quality drain cleaning.

Professional drain cleaning involves a video camera inspection of your piping so that we can pinpoint areas that are particularly problematic. This first-person view of the interior of your piping gives us unprecedented information about the condition of your pipes, and makes the entire process operate smoothly. If you want to improve your plumbing, consider a professional Orlando drain cleaning from MPI. Call us today!

 

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Corroded Pipes and Plumbing Repair

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

We often think of our home plumbing system as indestructible. After all, metal is known for its strength as well as its durability. But corroded pipes can sneak up on homeowners. They can lead to serious systemic damage and you may need whole house repiping. In this post, we’d like to share with you two major issues that can lead to severe corroded pipes within your home. If you’re concerned with your pipes, then don’t hesitate to call for plumbing repair in Orlando, FL. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

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Your home plumbing materials are made out of plastic, concrete, or metal. While both plastic and concrete pipes tend to resist corrosion, metals are susceptible. But what is corrosion? Metal corrosion involves the constant release of ions of the metal into the water. Rust is probably the most well-known form of corrosion, and it involves the electrochemical oxidation of the metal in reaction to the oxygen in the air. When there is a substantial difference in the mineral composition of the metal piping and the water that runs through it, corrosion can result. Let’s take a look at common reasons for corroded pipes.

  • Flux problem: The term “flux” names a kind of paste cleaning agent used in the copper pipe soldering process. Plumbers use flux to facilitate soldering because dirt, oil, and oxidation at the site of the soldering can present obstacles to a successful joint. Muriatic acid cleans the joint and thus prepares it for bonding. But the downside of flux is that it may actually begin to react with the copper pipe itself if the pipe installation is delayed. If cold or hot water does not run through those pipes relatively soon after installation, then the acidity may pose problems to the integrity of the joint.
  • Water acidity: The alkalinity, hardness, and pH of the water running through the pipes all contribute to corrosive or scale-forming results. If the pH of your water is low, then your water is acidic and this often leads to enhanced levels of pipe corrosion.

We hope this helps you to better understand why pipes corrode. When you need comprehensive plumbing repair in Orlando, FL, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI)

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Common Causes of Leaky Plumbing

Monday, May 6th, 2013

We depend upon our plumbing systems to deliver fresh water to our kitchen and bathroom fixtures, as well as to remove wastewater efficiently and effectively from our homes. Leaky plumbing can occur for numerous reasons, and in this post, we’d like to explore just a handful of them. For superior Orlando, FL plumbing services, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

  • Water corrosion: The corrosion caused by the water that runs throughout your piping is probably the most common cause of leaky plumbing. There are various factors involved, but water chemistry, pH level, temperature, as well as pressure can all contribute to the decay of your plumbing. Although the water may lead to premature corrosion of your plumbing, that does not necessarily indicate poor quality in terms of its drinkability.
  • Harsh drain cleaning: For the most part, partial and total blockages should be avoided by changing your habits of what you put down the drain. Grease, hair, and other food scraps can all contribute to clogs, but following them up with harsh chemicals may not be in your best long-term interest. Such chemicals can begin to take their toll on your plumbing and cause leaky plumbing in the future, if not more serious problems.
  • Old age: Professionally installed plumbing lasts for a long time. And it’s possible that with regular maintenance, and occasional repairs, your pipes will be okay for however long you own your home, but often leaky plumbing occurs as a result of pipe decay, especially of joints and connecting parts.
  • Poor installation: Plumbing is not an art, but a science. There are certain techniques, equipment, and materials that have been developed and tested for use in specific applications, and these should be followed. Trained professional plumbers know to work on your piping, but allowing an amateur to install the piping in your home can lead to significant problems.

These are just a few probable causes of leaky plumbing. When you need fast and high quality Orlando, FL plumbing services, call MPI today! 

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Commercial Plumbing Project: Florida Hospital Altamonte Surgery Expansion

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Modern Plumbing Project - Florida Hospital Altamonte Surgery ExpansionOne of the most rewarding benefits about working in the plumbing industry is working on a project that will ultimately help people. We worked on a major expansion of a surgery center in Altamonte Springs, FL in 2009. This expansion allowed the surgery to fulfill the medical needs of a much wider range of patients, and the experience for us was both challenging and rewarding. Working on a new large commercial building is relatively simple in comparison. When you have to move materials and equipment and make noise in a hospital environment, you really have to take into consideration where you are, and the patients nearby who are both preparing for and recovering from surgery.

That means paying attention to the risk of contamination, limiting noise, and disruption of ongoing services, and fast-tracking the project by working double-shifts. The project involved a wide range of gas equipment installation, including five major medical gas systems. Additionally, the expansion required extensive medical alarm panel wiring, along with various plumbed sinks and specialty fixtures for surgical and clinical purposes. Such equipment requires very precise installation because there is no room for error when it comes to taking care of patients. We also installed a domestic water system and sanitary and storm systems.

All in all, the project was a success, completed within budget and on time. Although we excel in such situations, every job is a learning experience and we continue to grow as a company so that we can meet the demands of any job.

Call us today to learn more about the residential and commercial plumbing services we offer to Altamonte Springs, FL and the surrounding area.

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