Hidden Problems that Could Affect Your Water Heater

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The way your water heater operates is actually rather simplistic. Hot water naturally rises over cold water, which has a higher density, and the design of a storage tank water heater takes advantage of this. Water heats up at the bottom of the tank as it enters and then rises to the top where it returns to your pipes after it exits through a small tube located at the top. Despite the relatively simple operation of this unit, it can still run into some common problems without the proper maintenance.

A tankless water is a little bit more complex, as a computer alerts the unit when to turn on and off. But tankless units can run into some of the same issues that storage tanks do. When you notice any of the following problems with your system, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for water heater repair. And be sure to call regularly for maintenance to prevent such trouble from occurring.

  • Rust – Unfortunately, rust often means that you need to replace your water heater. Rust leads to corrosion, and a leak in your water heater would be disastrous. However, sometimes, only one or two parts need replacement. Rust can afflict both a tankless or storage tank water heater, but yearly maintenance can help to prevent it.
  • Mineral Buildup – A large percentage of homes have a problem with “hard water.” Hard water means that there is an excess of minerals in the water, which can affect your plumbing system and your water heater. When too many minerals are in the tank, they can block the pipes and increase the pressure, leading to dangerous conditions in the tank. Technicians will flush the tank and may recommend a water softener for your water supply.
  • Improper Sizing – Another problem common to water heaters that sometimes leads to an early demise is improper sizing. Do you assume that running out of hot water quickly is a normal part of owning a water heater? It shouldn’t be. This often means that your water heater is too small. You may need a larger tank to get the heating you need, or you may need an additional tankless unit.

Call on the friendly folks at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for water heater repair in Casselberry or for an annual maintenance visit.

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Warning Signs That It’s Time for Drain Cleaning

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Drains are the unsung heroes of your water system. They provide a clear route of egress for sink, shower, and dishwasher water, allowing the appliances that you use every day to keep running smoothly. Like all things, however, your drainage system needs regular care to stave off eventual decline and breakdown. How can you tell that it’s time to have your drainage system cleaned? Read on to find out.

Slow Drainage

Because of the nature of drain blockages, chances are there will be a slow buildup before the drain is completely plugged. If you notice that one of your drains is draining more and more slowly, it is a good sign that the drain is becoming clogged. If this happens, don’t wait for it to become completely clogged! Call a plumber before the problem gets worse.

Bad Smells

One of the most common signs of drainage problems is the presence of horrible smells coming from your drain. In some cases, like the garbage disposal, this may be a temporary result of food or other waste being flushed down. If the smell is persistent, however, you likely have a part of your drainage system backing up. This will need to be addressed by a professional.

Backflow

One of the worst results of a clogged drain system is backflow of dirty water. This most commonly happens when you do something like turn on the dishwasher, causing water from the sewage line to bubble up in your sink. This kind of backflow is an indication of a serious clog in your drainage system, and should be addressed as soon as possible. If you see this happening, call a plumber immediately. If left unchecked, this issue can cause serious damage not only to your drainage system, but to other areas of your house as well.

A lot of drain issues start small and get progressively worse. Even if it seems trivial, don’t take a chance by ignoring your drain when it is acting strange. If you are experiencing any sort of problem with the drains in your house, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) to schedule an appointment. We provide quality drain cleaning services throughout Casselberry, FL.

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Reasons That You May Need Pipe Replacement

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Your plumbing system is made up of fixtures, faucets, and drains that all rely on a complex network of pressurized pipes. Unfortunately, even the smallest change in pressure can affect your plumbing to the point that pipe replacement may be necessary. When leaks threaten your home, you want to fix the problem as soon as possible, which is why it’s imperative that you call a plumbing professional, like the technicians at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) in Casselberry. So why might your pipes need replacement? Is pipe replacement preventable?

If the water pressure changes even slightly inside of your plumbing system, you may need repairs or replacement. One example is the effects of hard water. If you have an excess of minerals in your water supply, deposits may build up along the inside of pipes, changing the water pressure to the point that a pipe may spring a leak. This issue is preventable if you install a water softener at the first sign of hard water.

Another reason pipes may need replacement is if tree roots infiltrate your water or sewer line. Roots naturally grow towards a source of water, so if there is a weak point in your pipes, a root may take hold and work its way inside. If water or sewage leaks into your yard, you may need to schedule pipe replacement services, but your new pipes may offer better protection against tree roots.

Finally, you may need pipe replacement if there are signs that your pipes are older and may soon corrode from rust. While modern plumbing systems are made up of copper or plastic pipes, some older homes may still have pipes made from galvanized steel that can rust through, causing major leaks. If your water is discolored or you notice reddish-brown flakes, pipe replacement may be urgent. If corrosion affects one part of your plumbing system, you’ll probably need to replace all of the older pipes with new copper or plastic piping.

One of the ways to prevent pipe replacement is with regular plumbing repair or maintenance. When you schedule maintenance, a plumber will clean and inspect your entire system to reduce the need for repairs or replacement later on. Whether you need maintenance, repairs, or pipe replacement in Casselberry, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

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3 Common Water Heater Repairs

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A well-installed and maintained water heater can sometimes last up to 20 years, which is a great bargain on an initial investment. But to reach a grand old age like this, a water heater also needs to have repairs done as soon as problems start to emerge. With fast action and a trained technician who knows how to handle any water heater problem, you can stop a malfunction from growing and threatening your entire hot water supply.

At Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), we have almost four decades of experience with water heater repair in Casselberry, FL and all of Central Florida. When you call us for repairs (and we have staff ready 24/7 for emergencies), you will get top-of-the-line work from technicians who keep on the edge of plumbing technology.

These are 3 of the more common repairs that we do to help water heaters reach their full lifespan:

1. Flushing the tank

This is a standard step that is done as part of annual maintenance. However, it is often a necessary repair. Sediment build-up in the water tank can lead to problems with blocked valves, and will also encourage the development of scale along the inside of the tank and lead to overheating. If you notice discoloration in your water, or you hear rumbling from the tank, call for repair professionals; they will see if flushing the tank will fix the problem.

2. Replacing broken dip tube

The dip tube carries fresh, cold water from the municipal system down into the tank of a water heater and deposits it at the bottom, near the heating elements/heat exchanger, where it receives energy to heat it and then rise to the top of the tank. If the dip tube breaks, cold water will start to gather at the top of the tank and mix with the heated water, resulting in a drop in the water temperature from your faucets and showerheads and causing you to run out of hot water earlier than usual. To fix this, technicians will open up the tank and replace the broken tube.

3. Replacing burnt-out heating elements

In an electric-powered water heater, two heating elements inside the tank directly transfer heat to the water. Like any electrical device, these elements can fail. If the temperature of your hot water turns lukewarm, it may be the fault of a broken heating element in the tank. Repair technicians can replace the burnt-out element with a new one.

Do not try to perform repairs on your own without proper training and tools—especially for gas-powered water heaters. Instead, call on the people who can perform the job fast and accurately: Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We are ready to help you with your water heater in Casselberry, FL when you need it. Give us a call today to set up an appointment.

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Plumbing Question: What is a Lift Station?

Monday, September 24th, 2012

In the case of most Winter Springs homes, waste water and sewage flows down. Bathrooms are often above ground level and drain pipes use the natural gravitational force that pulls waste down to exit your home. However, in some cases and often in the case of commercial buildings with multiple basement levels, a lift station is needed.

 What is a Lift Station?

A lift station is a device that pumps sewage or waste water from a lower elevation to a higher elevation. This is necessary if the difference between the two is not enough for the flow of the water to overcome. Sometimes it is necessary when there isn’t enough hydraulic head and others when alternative solutions would be too costly or require too much work to make applicable.

A lift station will also come with a wet well, allowing the station to be operated automatically with a control system. the wet well is not designed to store the waste water or sewage but to provide the leverage needed for the pump to effectively remove the waste water without it ever becoming backed up.

 Do You Need a Lift Station?

Lift station use in residential applications is not highly common, mostly because homes are build from the ground up with sewage lines below the water grade. But in some cases, if your home is built into the side of a hill or if you have rooms in your basement, below exiting sewer lines, you may notice low flow when flushing waste water from a toilet or bath tub which could be resolved with a life station.

The best way to be sure is to call a Winter Springs plumber to test your water flow and determine if a lift station would provide the kind of benefits you are looking for. The installation procedure is relatively simple and, for those suffering from poor drainage from low elevation fixtures, either in residential or commercial settings, it is a good solution.

For any residential or commercial plumbing service you need in Winter Springs, give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. a call today!

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Drain and Sewer Question: Why is Drain Cleaning Important?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Your home drainage system probably does not get the care that it deserves. More than any other system in our homes, drains are the most likely to be ignored until a problem arises. Drain cleaning is the best way to make sure that there are no problems brewing in your Orlando drains, and to eliminate any small issues before they become a big headache.

It is inevitable that foreign objects are going to wind up in your drains. Food waste winds up going down the sink drain, hair gets pulled down the shower drain, and grease builds up in your drainpipes over time. All of these foreign bodies are what lead to blockages, not to mention countless other types of debris from storms and other causes. By the time you’re aware of a blockage it is already past the ideal time to deal with one. Don’t wait until your drains are backing up and you can’t properly dispose of wastewater. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today and have your drains professionally cleaned.

The best part of professional drain cleaning is how easy it makes the process. Don’t dump unnecessary chemical cleaners down your drains only to have them sitting in your clogged pipes. When you call for professional drain cleaning service you get the benefits of such technology as video pipe inspection. This is the most effective and unobtrusive way to pinpoint the specific location of a clog or blockage in your home’s drains. A camera connected to a flexible rod is fed into your drain’s opening and sends back images from within the pipe. There is absolutely no guesswork involved, and no unpleasant surprises upon opening up your drains. The problem can be accurately diagnosed and resolved with no unnecessary work or fees.

For serious, deep cleaning of your pipes, professional cleaning services like those offered by Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. are the way to go. Don’t degrade the integrity of your drain lines with harsh chemical cleaners. Let the professionals inspect your Orlando drains, locate the specific problems, and solve them in a safe, non-intrusive way. Keep your home’s drains working properly and cleanly with regular drain cleaning service.

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Plumbing Emergency Tip: How to Shut Off Your Water Supply

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

In the case of a plumbing emergency, the last thing you want to do is watch as more water continues to pour into your Casselberry home through a burst pipe, broken appliance or busted water valve. So, the first step should always be to turn off your main water supply valve. Here are some tips for finding that valve and getting the water supply off as soon as possible.

Finding Your Main Water Supply Valve

The valve is almost always located in one of two places. It will either be outside at the entry point for the water supply to your house or it will be located in your garage between the inlet and the main water line. Once you find the main water supply valve, turn it off to immediately stop more water from entering your home. If you notice that water is continuing to enter your home, you have a problem before the entry valve and should call the city immediately because one of their pipes might have burst.

 Shutting Off Individual Appliances

In many cases, the problem is related to a single appliance. If this is the case, you don’t necessarily need to turn off the entire water supply – just the supply valve for the specific appliance or fixture. Every major water fixture and appliance in your home should have its own shutoff valve in an easy to reach place. This goes for every sink, toilet, shower, dishwasher, and washing machine in your home – not having those valves can be dangerous.

Once you have turned off your water supply, it’s time to call Modern Plumbing Industries. Make sure to keep track of everything you do (take notes if you can) and supply that information to the plumber both on the phone and when they arrive.

For any plumbing emergency, give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. a call. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week!

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Plumber’s Tip: Common Toilet Repairs

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The toilet is one of our most important parts of your Deltona home’s plumbing. But it also prone to its fair share of problems. Let’s take a look at some common toilet problems and how to fix them.

  1. Running
    Perhaps the most common of toilet annoyances is the constantly running toilet. Not only is the sound irritating, but it can result in high water bills and cause your septic tank to overflow.  Fortunately, it is simple to diagnose and fix. Just look into the tank at the flapper. If it is not seated properly, adjust the chain to give more slack. If that doesn’t solve the problem, the flapper may be worn and need to be replaced.
  1. Slow draining bowl
    Also known as a weak flush. A weak flush is usually caused by clogged flush holes, which are underneath the rim of the bowl. They can be cleared to solve the problem.
  1. Phantom flush
    Although it won’t actually flush, sometimes you may hear the tank spontaneously start to refill as though someone has just flushed. This just means the water is leaking out of the tank, which can usually be fixed with a new flapper, as with problem #1.
  1. Suction sounds
    If you flush the toilet and hear sucking or gurgling sounds emanating from the tub or sink, that usually indicates a clogged vent pipe. You may be best served by calling a plumber to fix this one, in order to avoid making the problem larger.
  1. Clogged or overflowing
    Lastly, of course, is the clogged or overflowing toilet. While wearing gloves, use a plunger or pipe snake to clear the drain. If that doesn’t get it done, the clog may be too large to handle without professional equipment, so you had better call a Deltona plumber.

For any problems with your bathroom plumbing, including all of those listed above, give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. a call!

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