Drain Cleaning Tip: Tools the Pros Use

Monday, September 30th, 2013

You are probably familiar with the basic homeowner’s kit for unclogging a drain: a hooked wire, a plunger, a bottle of liquid drain cleaner. You’ve may have solved some simple blockages in your drains with these tools before—but there are going to be times when they aren’t enough, and you’ll need a professional plumber to attend to the problem and give the drain a thorough cleaning.

Plumbers often use similar tools to the ones you have, only far more advanced, with superior reach and power. To help you understand the sort of work that goes into professional drain cleaning, we’ll run down some of the tools professional plumbers employ for the job.

In Orlando, FL, drain cleaning experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. have a full assortment of the finest tools available to help get and keep your drain clean. Contact us today when the plunger you bought in the housewares aisle isn’t enough.

  • Mechanized snakes: A snake is a device that is the next step up from a plunger for cleaning clogs. Made of coiled wire that can be cranked, snakes earn their name by snaking down a drain and then corkscrewing into clogs to break them up or pull them out. Simple hand-cranked snakes are commercially available, but professionals use snakes attached to motors that can handle heavier blockages than hand-cranked models. Motorized snakes are also less likely to cause damage to piping than their manual equivalents.
  • Water jetting machines: Sometimes, a clog needs to be blasted to clear it. A powerful hydro-jet that channels high water pressure through the pipes will not only remove clogs, but also clean out the entire pipe.

Handling large plumbing jobs often requires working with potentially dangerous equipment. Even though some of these professional tools are available for anyone to buy, they are not only expensive but also require expert training to handle correctly and safely. You don’t want to damage your pipes or injure yourself trying to fix a problem when a professional plumber can do it without risk. For Orlando drain cleaning that will get the job done correctly, contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc.

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Recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness MonthModern Plumbing Industries, Inc. is joining the nation in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Breast Cancer is a deadly disease that affects millions of people every day, in order to help increase awareness our Technicians will be wearing pink booties in honor of those that have had an impact on their lives due to this form of cancer. Modern Plumbing will also donate a portion of our profits for the month of October to help fight for a cure.

If we all work together we can help shed light on the impact this terrible disease has on people all over the globe. Our hope is that someday there will be a cure and until that time comes, we want to recognize and support the people within our local community and all over the planet that have to deal with this affliction. Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. invites you to join in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, if you’re looking for more info you can go to http://www.nbcam.org/.

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Plumbing Repair Tip: Individual Shut-Off Valves

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Every Orlando home has a valve that shuts off the water supply to your entire house. It makes for a fast solution in an emergency and lets you easily control the flow of water into damaged areas. But you may also have individual shut-off valves connected to individual fixtures, allowing you to turn them off without affecting water in the rest of the house. That can be extremely useful in situations where you need to conduct repairs or replace a component without affecting the whole household.

If you don’t have individual shut-off valves in all the fixtures in your home, it makes a lot of sense to install them. You don’t think much about it when your plumbing is working fine, but when the time comes to address a problem, the control they afford can be a godsend. They allow you to halt drips and leaks until you have the time to take care of them, or shut off water to pipes that need to be repaired or replaced. A qualified plumber can install valves on any outlet that doesn’t currently feature one.

Similarly, a trained expert can repair or replace an individual shut-off valve that spouts a leak or otherwise encounters problems. Old shut-off valves may not show their damage until they’re put into use, and if they are stuck in the closed position, you’ll need them to get replaced quickly to get water to that part of your home again. A plumber may also be able to replace an older shut-off valve with one that takes advantage of sturdier materials and better design.

If you would like to add individual shut-off valves to outlets in your home, or you need a hand repairing or replacing those that already exist, contact the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today. We handle all of the communities surrounding Orlando; plumbing repair has been at the heart of our business for years and we have the experience to do the job right. Call us today to set up an appointment. 

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Plumbing Repair FAQ: What Causes Pipes to Crack?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

You hear about cracked pipes a lot in northern climates, where frozen water in pipelines can wreak all kinds of havoc and necessitate some very expensive plumbing repair. In Orlando, we don’t worry so much about frozen water in our pipes; warm weather has its advantages. Even so, Orlando homes can experienced cracked pipes, necessitating the same kind of repairs that people in colder cities must face. What cause pipes to crack ? The reasons can include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Corrosion and age. Pipes grow old and wear out, just like everything else. When they do, they become brittle and may develop cracks. Age can also result in corrosion, which will weaken the walls of the pipes and could lead to a breach.
  • Poor quality or poor installation. Pipes can be made out of all kinds of different materials, from copper to PVC to modern PAX tubing. Cheap or poorly made pipes are more prone to developing cracks than higher quality brands. Furthermore, if your installer doesn’t do a thorough job and/or installs the pipes improperly, it can result in damage (particularly around the fittings and seals between parts).
  • Too much pressure. While we don’t suffer from frozen pipes, the same principles which makes them such a concern can appear in Orlando plumbing. Too much pressure in the pipes places undue stress on the material, and can cause a breach if it isn’t addressed.
  • Physical damage. Sometimes, the crack appears as a result of sudden, unexpected physical damage instead of a slow breakdown over time. Replacing the pipe in those situations may come as part of a larger repair services to the home itself.

Regardless of the causes of cracked pipes, you need a trained professional to initiate proper plumbing repair. In Orlando, the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. can help. We offer 24 hour emergency services, so you won’t have to wait for repair service, and all of our work is conducted with your 100% satisfaction in mind. Give us call to schedule a service visit today.

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Water Heater Question: Why Is My Water Heater Rumbling?

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Your water heater works hard for you every day that you need hot water in your Florida home. One of the first signs that something might be wrong with it is when it makes an ominous rumbling noise. You might at first be afraid that the heater is in danger of rupturing, but it doesn’t need to be so catastrophic. However, a rumbling heater is something to checked, or it could suffer additional problems and cut off your daily supply of hot water.

Even with an emergency, you can count on Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) to handle your water heater trouble in Orlando with our 24/7 service.

Some of the reasons for a rumbling water heater include:

  • Cold and hot water mixing: If there are leaks around the input valve, then too much cold water might be entering your heater. As the cold and hot water mix together, they create the rumbling sound you hear. The addition of too much cold water will make your heater work harder, which is both inefficient and will hasten wear… leading to more repairs.
  • Hard water: You might have heard the term “hard water” before but didn’t understand what it meant. Hard water contains high levels of minerals, which can cause build-up inside your water heater called “limescale.” Too much limescale can cause overheating, leading to the rumbling problem. A skilled technician can descale your tank and stop the problem.
  • Too much sediment: Sand and silicate can infiltrate your heater through the main water supply or through leaks in underground pipes. As with a build-up of limescale, too much sediment in your water heater can cause it to overheat. Regular, professional maintenance can alleviate this trouble by flushing the system.

A rumbling water heater can be a bit frightening, but trained technicians can take care of your worries. For Orlando water heater needs, Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) is ready to answer your questions and provide the service that will add you to our growing list of satisfied customers. We also serve Winter Springs as well as all of Seminole County, Orange County, and Osceola County.

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4 Things You Should Know Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Remodeling your kitchen can be an exciting prospect, replacing older or unworkable components with newer, more elegant ones. Not only can it make the kitchen an easier place to maneuver, but it can increase the resale value of your home in the process. In Orlando, a remodel can make for a more appealing vacation home or an added attraction to vacation renters. A kitchen remodeling often involves plumbing components from your sink to your refrigerator, which you should take into consideration before starting the project. Here are 4 tips from our Orlando plumbers:

  • Consider placement carefully. Water pipes need to run from the wall containing the original sink to whenever you’d like to place the new sink. That usually means running the pipes through the floor or in the basement. Chart the path the pipes will need to take and make sure that can reach your chosen destination without running into an obstacles.
  • Install a proper back splash. Back splashes help keep spilled water from the sink in check, and they’re often overlooked during a remodel. Design backsplashes made of tile, metal or similar materials that can be wiped clean, rather than paint or wall paper.
  • Consider your space. If you move a sink or a refrigerator, make sure you have enough space to stand in front of the new spot, and that it doesn’t obstruct other components (such as the oven) when you do so. It will make for a more useful space when all is said and done.
  • Hire a professional. Doing a kitchen remodel yourself may sound like a great way to save money, but without trained expertise, you’re likely to cost yourself unnecessary time and money. This is especially true with plumbing, which greatly benefits from the aid of an expert.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. has provided plumbing service in Orlando and throughout Central Florida since 1975. We can work with your vision of a new kitchen and sure that the sinks and water lines all work exactly as they should. Call us today if you need a plumber in Orlando to help you with your kitchen remodel!

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