Why Are My Drains Making Gurgling Sounds?

Monday, February 12th, 2018

water-down-drainWhen you pour water down any drain of your house, you’ll expect to hear nothing more than a swish as it vanishes down the drainpipe. But if you hear a gurgling noise soon after, like someone blowing air through a straw into a glass of water, you may wonder if it means anything is wrong.

You’re right to feel concern. A gurgling drain can mean a minor issue, but it could also warn of much larger plumbing troubles. To find out for certain what needs to be done, call a licensed plumber in Altamonte Springs, FL to look into the mystery of the gurgling drains.

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These Are the 4 Main Causes of Drain Clogs

Monday, January 1st, 2018

The year 2018 is here, and one thing we can predict for certain about it: our plumbers are going to be dealing with plenty of drain clogs.

Drain clogs are a basic fact of life in plumbing. Any home can take steps to prevent them—in fact, this post will talk about that a bit—but avoiding them all the time just isn’t possible. So much material can go down the drains in a homdrain-with-chain-pluge that may lead to stopping them up that we could make a list of drain clog sources that was just about small plastic pieces from toys and packaging material.

For this list, we’re going to limit ourselves to only the four most common reasons drains might clog. We’re focusing only on clogging that occurs right down in the drain itself, not sewer line issues such as root infiltration. We also won’t include pipe-misalignment, which sometimes occurs in older homes, because this is a pipe replacement issue, not a drain cleaning one.

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When Is the Right Time for Pipe Replacement?

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

You probably don’t consider the condition of the pipes that make up your plumbing system until you encounter problems. This is true of most homeowners, but it can be problematic as there may be some existing issues of which you are unaware. When the pipes begin to leak, the damage may not be immediately apparent. You might not notice that water is slowly leaking onto your property until it’s too late and you have to renovate large portions of your home’s foundation.

Pay attention to the signs that your pipes are in trouble, such as water spots on the walls or ceilings and low water pressure, and call a technician for regular maintenance. During a maintenance visit, a technician will thoroughly inspect the plumbing system and let you know whether it is time for pipe replacement in Altamonte Springs.

  • Rust: One of the most pressing reasons for pipe replacement is rust. Rust leads to corrosion, which means that water will slowly leak from the pipes. It may ruin walls, beams, and carpeting, which is why replacement is necessary at the very earliest signs of rusting.
  • Old Age: Galvanized steel pipes are prone to corrosion. This was the material used for plumbing pipes before the 1970s, as the galvanization of the pipes—adding a layer of zinc for protection—was meant to guard against rust. Unfortunately, this layer can wear away within a few decades, which is why many plumbers recommend replacement even if you’re not currently experiencing problems with your galvanized steel pipes.
  • Tree Root Infiltration: If your pipes become too damaged, replacement becomes necessary. One of the reasons this may happen is if tree roots begin to infiltrate your sewer pipes. By nature, roots grow toward sources of water. They can wrap around the sewer pipes and crush them, causing sewage to leak into your yard and onto your property. In some cases, plumbers decide that the solution is to reroute the replacement pipes so that the problem does not present itself once more months or years later.

Call the professional plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) when you are in need of a quality pipe replacement service in the Altamonte Springs area.

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3 Ways to Detect a Plumbing Leak

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Pipe leaks in a home are rarely out in the open. Instead, they start to build hidden behind walls and ceilings, or in rooms you rarely enter. You may pick up the signs of leaks when you see a spike in your water bills, notice wet spots on the walls, see mildew growth, or notice a rise in humidity. But you have little chance of locating exactly where you need to do repair work.

That’s why you need professional plumbing service in Altamonte Springs, FL to take care of leak detection. With a skilled plumber with the right tools, you will have the minimum amount of damage done to your home to reach the leaky pipes.

Here are 3 ways that our team at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) handles the detection of hidden leaks so we can quickly repair them.

3 Leak Detection Methods

  • Visual inspection: Experienced plumbers have an eye for the many signs of leaks that untrained observers will never pick up. Plumbers will look for tiny warping signs, spots of discoloration, misaligned floorboards, and bulges in wallpaper. Finding dripping water may seem like an easy sign for anyone to discover, but it takes a trained plumber to deduce exactly where the leak is located behind construction material.
  • Sound sensors: Listening devices are one of the key tools that plumbers use when they search for leaks, especially slab leaks that are located under concrete layers. The sensitive listening devices can hear the drip and escape of water through all kinds of surfaces, and this will give a plumber a solid idea of where to narrow the search and repair efforts.
  • Infrared thermography: This high-tech method of detecting leaks uses an infrared imaging camera that the technician scans over the area of the suspected leak. The imagery that shows up on the monitor will point to small temperature differences that show where a pipe interior is exposed to outdoor air. Interpreting the results is a task that requires special training: the camera imaging isn’t enough to locate the leaks. A trained plumber will almost always find the leaks with pinpoint accuracy.

Unless you can see the leaking pipe right in front of you, you will need a plumber versed in leak detection and armed with the right tools to handle this job. You don’t want to risk having unnecessary damage done to your home in a misguided and inaccurate attempt to find a single leak. Instead, call for plumbing service in Altamonte Springs, FL by the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today: we have 24-hour emergency service for your peace of mind, and we can handle whatever repairs your pipes need. Contact us today to schedule your next service.

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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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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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A Testimonial from Mary Alice Wilder

Friday, March 29th, 2013

The professional Orlando plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. take great pride in the work that they do. We love hearing back from satisfied customers about how pleased they are with the services we provide. As one of our valued clients, Mary Alice Wilder, explains:

I have used and recommended Modern Plumbing for all my plumbing needs to my business associates and friends. They are very easy to work with and are timely!”

That is just the type of feedback that we love to hear. At  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) your complete satisfaction with the services we offer is our top priority. No matter what plumbing services you need, the Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) team can help.

Are you building a new home? Let us handle your plumbing installation. We’ll make sure that you have reliable access to water so that you can do laundry, shower and use the bathroom at your convenience. If you plan to use gas appliances in your home we can also complete your gas piping installation. Keep your home safe by scheduling your gas piping installation with a professional plumber you can trust to do the job right.

Of course, you plumbing system will eventually encounter some sort of operational problem. When it does,  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) is the Orlando plumbing company to call for your plumbing repair needs. Even minor water leaks can lead to serious problems, so it is important that you schedule plumbing repair as soon as you suspect a problem. If you have a more serious issue, such as a slab leak, we’ll be there as soon as possible to resolve the issue. From bathroom and kitchen plumbing installation to leak detection and water treatment systems,  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) does it all.

Schedule service with Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today to see for yourself the great service that Mary Alice Wilder is talking about. When you work with an expert plumber devoted to your complete satisfaction you can count on outstanding service. Contact us with any questions you may have.

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Plumbing Question: Why Should You Get a Whole House Water Filter?

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Most of us have heard about whole house water filters by now. But what exactly are the actual benefits to whole house water filtration systems? We’ve put together a quick list of some of the benefits to having a water filtration system installed in your Orlando home. This should provide some great information for you as you begin to make this decision.

How Does a Whole House Water Filter Work?

A whole house filter differs from other water filters in that it actually filters all the water entering the house—not just the water that you drink. This means that the water you shower in, the water you wash your dishes with and the water you drink are all filtered. A whole house water filter is installed by a professional Orlando plumber in line with the main water supply line coming from either your well or from the city. Water passes through the filter and goes into your home.

Removes Unwanted Minerals from Water

Mineral build up can be the cause of expensive repairs in home appliances like water heaters, washing machines and dishwashers. A whole house water filter can remove or greatly reduce the amount of minerals that are in your water. This keeps them from building up inside your appliances and causing blockages and clogs.

If you have any questions about whether or not a whole house water filter is right for your Orlando  home, then call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). Our plumbers can answer any questions you might have.

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Plumbing Question: What Can Cause a Clogged Kitchen Sink Lines?

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Clogged kitchen sink lines are a problem many homeowners experience. It is important to understand the main causes of clogs in kitchen sink lines in order to avoid them in the future.  If you do have a kitchen sink clog it is important to work with a plumbing company in Orlando such as those at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc.  that can easily identify the clog and fix it quickly.

Causes of a Kitchen Sink Clog

  • Food in the Drain:  When food that is left on dishes slips into the drain, it can stick to the walls of the sink drain, and cause a kitchen sink clog.  Especially susceptible are starchy foods such as cereal and bread, as well as hard to grind foods such as potato peels.  The best preventive solution to this is to dispose of excess food on dishes in the compost or trash can, or to use a strainer over the sink while cooking.  Utilizing a garbage disposal can assist with some food clogs, but they are not intended for use on every single piece of unused food and should thus be used sparingly.
  • Grease:  Grease in its liquid form does flow through drains, generally when the grease is hot or warm.  However, when grease solidifies, it turns into a goopy mess that easily sticks to the walls of a drain.  Once other substances go down the drain they are more likely to stick as well and cause a clogged kitchen sink.  Grease should never be poured down a drain in its liquid form, nor sent down the drain in its solid form.  Instead place hot grease in a tin can to cool and solidify and then dispose of it in the trash can.
  • Foreign Objects:  With a busy household comes the added worry of foreign objects being accidently sent down the kitchen sink drain.  These can be anything from dropped jewelry, to small toys, silverware, or paper towels.  Any foreign objects in the sink drain can easily cause a kitchen sink clog to occur.  Pay attention to what you keep around your kitchen sink, as this will help to lessen the occurrence of such drain clogs.

Clogged Kitchen Sink Repair

When clogged kitchen sink lines do occur, it is essential to have them fix quickly with professional Orlando plumbing technicians who have years of education and hands-on experience handling every type of drain problem which accidently happens.  Contact your Orlando plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today!

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