Ask a Plumber: Reasons for Shower Backup

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

It is difficult for most homeowners to imagine living without the incredible convenience of running water in their homes. Thankfully, most of us will never have to experience such issues. Even so, it is very likely that you will experience some sort of problems with the plumbing system in your home eventually. When that time comes, it is important to contact a professional plumber in Orlando, FL immediately. The longer you wait to do so, the greater the risk for serious damage to your plumbing system. Even seemingly minor problems, such as a backed up shower drain, may result in real trouble if given the time. Contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today to learn more.

 Shower Backup

There are a number of different reasons why your shower may back up. The good news is that most of them can be easily avoided with just a little bit of extra care. One of the most important things that you can do to keep your bathtub draining properly is to simply use drain covers when showering. It is inevitable that some hair is going to wind up being shed in the shower, and hair buildup in shower drains may be the most common cause of shower backups. If you shave in the shower then your drains are at an even greater risk. A good drain cover will help to keep that hair out of the drain as the water passes through.

Even when being careful to use drain covers and clean any hair out of the shower when you’re done, you will probably still have to deal with a shower backup at some point. Dirt, grime and even soap and shampoo residue can build up over time. Regular drain cleaning is a great way to ensure that your drains are clear and that they will function properly. A slow moving drain is certainly inconvenient, but many homeowners fail to realize that such issues can lead to an imbalance of pressure, creating a risk for the condition of your pipes.

To learn more about shower backups and how to avoid them, speak with an Orlando, FL plumber you can count on at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. Our team is happy to answer any questions that you may have. Contact us any time to discuss all of your plumbing service options and needs.

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Plumbing Question: What Does a Drain Vent Do?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

At Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), we have seen a wide variety of plumbing jobs throughout the Orlando area.  We believe that an informed customer is a great thing; it allows you to spot any issues or problems with your piping that may cause clogs and leaks. It’s relatively simple to understand that drains needs to be installed at a pitch so that gravity can push your organic waste and gray water into your sewer. But your drain ventilation system is just as critical. In today’s post, we’d like to address what a drain vent does. If you have any issues with your plumbing system that need professional attention, give us a call today.

Your wastewater disposal system cannot work without proper ventilation. Think of your drain as a tube plugged at one end. Without ventilation integrated into the drainpipe, that wastewater cannot move because there is a pressurized vacuum. A drain vent pipe connects your drain to what’s known as the main stack. While its location may vary from home to home, the main stack ventilates your drainpipe system all the way through the roof. This allows for air to flow into your drainpipe, thus relieving the pressure of a closed system, and letting gravity do its job to keep your home a hygienic and pleasant place to live.

As you can imagine, your drain vent is subject to wear and tear and problems just like any other aspect of your piping system. If there are any blockages in your drain vent, whether at the local pipe itself, or within the main stack, then you simply cannot expect effective and efficient waste removal. This may cause odors to develop in the home or might even completely backup your plumbing. It’s critical that any such problems be addressed by a professional plumber so that your home is restored to its normal operation.

Call  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today for comprehensive plumbing services in Orlando, including drain vent repair.

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Benefits of Scheduling Maintenance Service with a Professional Plumber

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

There are huge benefits to getting your home’s plumbing system regularly maintained. The expert plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) have years of experience offering complete plumbing maintenance for all different kinds of plumbing system. Make sure that you take a couple minutes to check out some of the benefits of getting your plumbing system inspected and maintained on a regular basis.

  • Reduced plumbing repair – Perhaps the most important benefit of regular plumbing maintenance is that it could potentially reduce the need for plumbing repair. When you have a professional plumber regularly cleaning and inspecting your system, they will be able to find the small issues that eventually turn into repair. This could allow you to prevent some plumbing problems from ever occurring.
  • Increased efficiency – Your drains should be able to quickly drain the water out of your home. If you start to notice that your drains are slowing down it usually means that there is a clog forming somewhere in your plumbing system. During regular maintenance visits your plumber will look for the beginnings of those clogs and remove them which could help all the drains in your home work better.
  • Extended life – In some cases, clogs in your plumbing system can cause leaks or ruptures in your pipes. Maintaining your pipes and drains can help them last longer.

If you’re interested in scheduling regular maintenance for your home’s plumbing system, just call the Orlando plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We will visit your home several times every year and perform a thorough inspection of your home’s plumbing system.

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Common Water Heater Repairs

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Orlando Water Heater

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Considering all the use that it gets on a daily basis during the course of a year, it’s no wonder that your water heater may sometimes need professional service from an Orlando plumber. While there are numerous types and brands of water heaters on the market, there are some common water heater repairs that are more or less shared by all hot water systems. Let’s take a look at a handful of them. If you’re in need of comprehensive, thorough water heater repair, look no further than Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI).

  • Sediment and scale buildup: Over time, your water heater accumulates sediment. Because of the volume of water that it processes, this sediment can accumulate on the bottom of the tank and begin to causes problems. The heat exchanger, which is responsible for safely transferring heat from the combustion chamber (if gas) or coils (if electric), can become inhibited by the amount of sediment buildup, and this can cause it to overwork itself. If you hear a rumbling or boiling sound, this is often the result of this problem.
  • Sacrificial anode decay: The anode rod in your tank water heater is designed to sacrifice itself to protect the steel of your water heater. The interaction between water and metal can create problems for the integrity of the container; most commonly, the problem of rust, or oxidization. The anode rod is there to absorb this interaction, so that it doesn’t occur to the sides of your tank. But it needs to be monitored periodically and replaced to avoid significant problems.
  • Leaks: Leaks occur anywhere water is contained. Your water heater is a pressurized cylindrical tank that is susceptible to leaking. If you notice a water leak, make sure you have it checked out by a professional plumber.

Call MPI today for quality plumbing services in Orlando, including water heater repair and replacement.

 

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Plumbing Guide: Reasons You Need Video Camera Inspection

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

While some of the plumbing techniques and materials that we use on a daily basis have been around for a long time, one of the recent arrivals into our industry is video camera to inspect your pipes. The compact size and flexibility of the video camera inspection device allows us unprecedented access to the interior of your residential or commercial piping. It allows us to see in vivid detail what might be causing problems with your plumbing system, as well as to check upon any areas that might need replacement or cleaning. The small, fiber optic video line can travel deep within your wastewater or supply lines and project the live feed onto a monitor. It eliminates the need to dig up pipes for inspection purposes. In today’s post, we’d like to review a few reasons why you need video camera inspection. If you’re in need of Orlando plumbing services, then simply call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI).

  • Major pipe blockages: Pipe blockages can come in various forms and for a variety of reasons. For example, if you have hard water, your piping may be subject to accumulations of mineral deposits over time, which can reduce the aperture of the pipe, thus leading to water flow problems. Such issues in water pressure as well as water disposal need to be investigated with the use of a video camera.
  • Potential replacement: If your pipes are getting older, and you don’t know what the problem is, then video camera inspection gives your plumber a detailed picture of the inside of your pipes that will, in turn, allow him to make a professional recommendation as to what the best course of action is. Pipe replacement is a serious undertaking, so make sure you consult with a quality plumber.
  • Cracks and holes: If you notice a decrease in water pressure, or wet spots in the yard, there is probably something wrong with one of your main pipes. Over time, your pipes may develop cracks and holes. By getting an up-close look of your pipe’s interior, your plumber can figure out exactly what’s the problem is.

Don’t settle for anything less than effective performance when it comes to your home plumbing system. Call MPI today to learn more about our exceptional Orlando plumbing services. 

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