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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Common Plumbing Repairs in Orlando

Monday, November 19th, 2012

When the plumbing system in your Orlando home breaks down, it can be frustrating and inconvenient. But sometimes it can be hard to know when you need a professional plumber. At Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), our plumbers have responded to countless calls from customers in Orlando. We thought it would be helpful if we presented some of the common repairs that need professional attention.

Clogged Drains

Most people in Orlando probably don’t pay much attention to their drains until they’re clogged. By the time that happens, it’s probably best to call for a professional plumber. Not only can a plumber unclog your drain faster, they can do it right without damaging other parts of your plumbing. Additionally, they can also spot other potential repairs that may need to be done to your plumbing as well.

Low Hot Water Pressure

If you’re not getting enough water pressure when you turn on your hot water faucet, you should most likely call a plumber. The cause of this problem could be in your pipes, but it could also be your hot water heater. In either case, a plumber will be able to accurately diagnose the problem and fix it quickly.

Sewer and Water Main

If your sewer or water main is leaking, this is definitely an extensive repair job that will need to be performed by a plumber. It will involve digging up parts of your yard, running new pipe and connecting it to the main in the street.

Leaking Piping

If you have a pipe leak, either from frozen pipes or from corrosion or a natural disaster, its best to have the problem addressed right away. Leaking pipes can cause a lot of extensive damage to your home and cost you a pretty penny.  A certified plumber should always be used to repair this type of problem.

If you’re having any issues with your plumbing system, call the expert plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). Our plumbers offer comprehensive plumbing services in Orlando.

 

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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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Orlando Plumbing Guide: Choosing a High Efficiency Water Heater

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Heating water uses 15% or more of total energy consumption in a home. Choosing a high efficiency water heater helps you reduce the amount of energy you use to heat water by between 10% and 50%, and thereby helps you save a lot on your energy bills. If you have decided to invest in a high efficiency water heater in Orlando, it is advisable to understand how they work and what to look for when making your selection.

  • Tank Water Heaters

This type of water heater features an insulated storage tank with various capacities like 20, 40 or 80 gallons, where water is kept hot and ready for use all the times.  Tank water heaters come with various fuel options like natural gas, propane, electricity and oil.

  • Tankless Water Heaters

In this type of water heater, water is circulated through a coil and is heated only on demand. They can run on either gas or electricity and they do not have any storage tank to keep hot water always ready for use. This means that tankless water heaters don’t use energy when you’re not using hot water, but they are also limited concerning how much water they can heat at once.

  • Heat Pump Water Heaters

These types of water heaters have heat pumps that transfer heat from the surrounding air to water in a tank. They are more efficient than many other types of water heaters because they simply extract heat from the air rather than directly generating it by burning fuel. They are especially effective in warm climates where the outdoor temperature never gets too low for any length of time.

Comparing the EF (Energy Factor) of each type of water heater is the best way to see which has the highest energy efficiency. If the energy factor is high, the unit will be more efficient. High efficiency water heaters that use natural gas as a fuel source come with an EF of .65 or more.  Tankless water heaters have an EF of .82 or higher. Though these water heaters cost twice as much as standard water heaters, they are more energy efficient and help you cut your energy bills significantly. If you want to choose an electric heat pump water heater, choosing the one with EF of 2.2 or more can help you get greater energy savings. For more information about installing a new water heater in Orlando, give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) a call today!

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