How Copper Piping Overtook Other Types of Pipe Metals

Monday, July 16th, 2018

copper-tubesThere is a long history of different materials used for pipes in homes. Today, the most common metal used for indoor plumbing is copper. Copper started to take over for other metals in the 1970s, and by the 1990s had replaced such older materials as clay, cast iron, lead, and galvanized steel.

Why did copper become the pipe metal champion? It’s a combination of what’s wrong with those older pipes and what’s so right about copper.

The benefits of copper

Ask any professional plumber in Lake Mary, FL who does repiping work, and they can tell you about how easy copper is to work with. It’s a lightweight metal and cuts easily. For a homeowner, it has a number of other big advantages:

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Detect Commercial Plumbing Problems Early!

Monday, May 21st, 2018

industrial-rooftop-pipesThere’s no season for plumbing problems—at least not in Florida, where frozen pipes aren’t something we need to worry about in winter. The plumbing in your commercial building can run into issues at any time, and you’ll need a trained and licensed commercial plumbing contractor to help you out with any repairs you may need. You can’t trust a building “handyman” to fix commercial plumbing troubles, not if you want the job done right.

Early detection of plumbing problems makes it easier to arrange for repair services and prevent possible water damages or work stoppages. We know that you probably have a lot on your mind as a business owner or facility manager, but there are some simple signs you can watch for that will help you head off major repairs. Make sure you have a great commercial plumber’s number handy (hint: look at the top of this page!) when you notice warning signs such as these:

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Why Corrosion Is (Usually) Not a Problem for a Water Heater

Monday, February 26th, 2018

water-heater-tankWhen water meets metal, there’s a danger of corrosion starting. Corrosion is a chemical reaction between water and metal in the presence of oxygen, and the damage it causes to metal can quickly ruin many types of appliances as it weakens the metal until it starts to crumble away.

The water heater in your home is primarily made of metal and it stores and circulates water. So why doesn’t it start to rust? Corrosion is rare in water heaters, usually only starting late in the system’s life. there are several reasons for it.

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We Recommend Commercial Jetting for Your Business

Monday, January 15th, 2018

commercial-jetterAlmost any business uses plumbing of some type, and so they all need to turn to the services of commercial plumbers when they need repairs done or new fixtures put in.

A commercial plumber is also necessary for regular drain and sewer line cleaning. This is a job that business owners may not think about much, unless they are in the food service industry, but it is vital for any commercial plumbing system. The method we recommend for regular commercial drain and sewer cleaning is hydro-jetting.

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Reasons Backflow Issues May Occur in Your Home

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The name pretty much says it all: “backflow”. Without having a full definition in front of you, you can probably guess that backflow isn’t a good thing for you or your plumbing, and it’s not. Your home’s plumbing is set-up so that wastewater stays very separate from your potable water. When backflow appears, a problem has developed whereby the wastewater is somehow backing up in your plumbing and entering your supply pipes, i.e., your potable water. There are ways to help prevent backflow, and these days most plumbing requires some kind of backflow prevention service for your property. But there are a few ways in which backflow can occur, and we’ll outline some of these below.

Backflow Isn’t a Clog

One thing to be clear about when it comes to backflow is that it isn’t caused by a clog in the system; clogs stop wastewater from exiting while backflow is the mixture of wastewater with your potable water. Here are a couple of ways backflow can occur:

  • Problems with pressure in the system – your plumbing system works on a delicate balance of pressure; should this pressure become imbalanced on either the supply side or the outgoing wastewater side, backflow can develop. There are two kinds of backflow problems that can occur because of pressure: backflow, which is categorized by downstream pressure that overpowers the upstream pressure and backsiphonage, which develops from negative pressure, which has something of a vacuum effect on your plumbing system.
  • Backflow preventer breaks – plumbing systems have been required for some time to have devices called backflow preventers. These devices prevent any kind of wastewater from backflowing into your potable water. If a backflow preventer is poorly installed, or it develops a leak, the device can malfunction and allow wastewater into your system.

Backflow in your water is a potentially dangerous situation. If you suspect you may have a backflow problem, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today and schedule an appointment for plumbing repair with one of our specialists in Lake Mary, FL.

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Modern Tools to Perform Pipe Replacement

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Pipe replacement can be a tricky business, especially if the pipes are underground or in some similarly inconvenient place. In the old days, a leaky underground pipe meant major expenses, as the plumber first had to excavate the problem area, then replace the pipe and cover it all up again. Besides the added expense or workers and construction equipment, it often played merry hell with the home owner’s yard. But these days, things have changed. There are modern tools to perform pipe replacement, and in towns like Lake Mary, pipe replacement becomes both faster and easier as a result.

Detection is often easier these days thanks to sonic detectors and similar devices which can pinpoint the source of a leak. All leaks make noise, even if those noises are beyond our ability to hear. A sonic detection device allows the plumber to pinpoint the source of the leak, rather than performing a general excavation simply to discover where the problem lies. Similarly, video camera inspection can be used to examine the pipes from the inside, letting the plumber determine the exact nature of the problem.

In some cases, excavation tools can still be used if the project is large enough. But more common is the sight of trenchless technology such as inflatable materials which can be run through the pipe, then sealed against the leak. Metal heads can also be sent through the pipe to break it up it it’s too damaged to just repair, allowing a new pipe to be placed quickly.

But while there are plenty of modern tools to perform pipe replacement, you still need a trained plumber to do the job right. Pipe replacement and other plumbing services in Lake Mary don’t get more reliable than the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We understand that pipe replacement can be a significant undertaking, especially when it comes to the sewer line or water main. Our trained experts know how to do the job right the first time, every time, and we won’t rest until you are completely satisfied. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do!

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Can Neglecting Drain Cleaning Cause Damage?

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Having good, working drains is critical to your home’s proper functioning and also to your daily life. Getting regular drain cleaning is one of the best ways for you to make sure that your drains continue to work well for as long as possible. But what happens if you neglect drain cleaning? Can it really cause damage to your home’s plumbing system? Here at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), we are dedicated to our customers’ satisfaction and to the quality of work that we do. We anted to help our customers understand the importance of getting regular drain cleaning in Orlando, FL.

The Importance of Regular Drain Cleaning

Your drains get a ton of use every single day from showers, toilets, sinks, dish washers, and laundry machines. All that use can cause your drains to develop small clogs, cracks and leaks. These types of problems usually start small and then end up becoming larger, more costly repairs.

But when you get regular drain cleaning, you might be able to keep those problems from being quite such a hassle. During a drain cleaning visit, your plumber will thoroughly clean out your entire drain system. This will allow them to remove any small clogs that are developing before they completely clog your drain. Your plumber will also inspect your drains for any leaks and cracks that could be happening. This is probably the best way for you to potentially avoid drain leaks. However, if you neglect to get drain cleaning, there’s no way for your to keep those small clogs or cracks from becoming full-blown plumbing repairs.

Call for Drain Cleaning in Orlando, FL

If you’re tired of having your drains clog or if you’d like to potentially avoid plumbing repair, call the friendly experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI).  We will visit your home on a regular basis and use our specialized tools to thoroughly clean out your entire drain and plumbing system. Contact us today for drain cleaning in Orlando, FL.

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Why You Should Call a Professional Plumber

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Your home plumbing system is one of the most important components of your home. It delivers hot water for bathing, cleaning and washing clothes. It pipes in natural gas to keep your home warm and comfortable. It also removes waste water from your home in a clean, hygienic way. When you depend on something as much and as frequently as you do your home plumbing system it is important that only a trained professional handles the installation, maintenance and repair of that system. If you are experiencing any problems with your plumbing system in Winter Springs be sure to call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) right away. Our expert Winter Springs plumbers have the training and experience to make sure that your plumbing system is operating efficiently and effectively.

It is important to call a professional plumber as soon as you notice any problems or inconsistencies with your plumbing system’s performance. Because so much of your plumbing system is hidden in the ground or between your walls problems are not always immediately obvious. In the event of a problem such as a slab leak you may not notice the issue at all until it has been developing and worsening for a while. This means that by the time you discover the problem it may have already had the opportunity to do some serious damage to your home.

It is also important to call a professional plumber because they have the tools, equipment and experience necessary to pinpoint the source of a problem such as a slab leak or any other damaged pipes or components. When you are dealing with water the spot that you notice damages in may not be the origin of the problem. It may just be where water has pooled, and can divert your form the actual source.

Even minor plumbing problems are best handled by professional plumbers. Take a frequently clogged pipe, for instance. You can buy harsh chemical cleaners to clear out the clog, but if they were really working efficiently then the clog would not keep redeveloping. These cleaners can corrode your pipes and leave part of the clog behind, meaning it is only a matter of time before the flow of water is blocked again. Professional plumbers are trained to use tools such as video camera pipe inspection equipment and water jetting hoses to ensure that your pipes and drains are totally free from blockages.

If you have any further questions about the importance of hiring a professional plumber to provide plumbing service in your Winter Springs home, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today.

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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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