How Backflow Prevention Protects You

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Most homeowners take for granted the fact that there is always reliable clean drinking water available in the home. You probably assume that clean water will flow from the faucet every time you turn it on, as your water supply goes through a very thorough municipal water supply treatment process before it reaches your home. But a plumbing system is so complex that the potential for backflow is unfortunately often present.

Protect your water supply by installing a backflow preventer at any potential cross connections, which we’ll go over in today’s guide, and keeping it maintained and tested by professionals. Call the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for quality service from a certified plumber.

What Is Backflow Prevention?

Backflow prevention devices keep backflow from contaminating your water supply. Backflow occurs when there is a pressure imbalance somewhere in your plumbing system, which allows for the possibility of backsiphonage or back pressure. In either case, a source of cross contamination is introduced into the plumbing system, and there is a possibility that chemicals or wastewater may enter your plumbing system if the pressure in the water supply were to change.

A sudden drop in water pressure can occur for many reasons. Perhaps there was a break in the water main, or firefighters had to access a hydrant that drew from the supply. Other liquids may become drawn into the pipes, especially if a cross connection exists. And sometimes this backflow is hazardous.

Let’s say you put a hose into a bucket of soapy water. If the pressure in the water supply dropped, the soapy water could become sucked back into the water supply. This becomes far more dangerous when the cross contamination is a chemical or if dirty wastewater enters the potable supply. One example is if you have a boiler in the home. Boiler feedwater may contain chemicals unsafe for human consumption, which is why connections between boilers and the water supply are usually fitted with a backflow prevention device.

A backflow prevention device contains a one way valve in which water can only flow in one direction. Federal, state, and local codes require that you have a backflow prevention device installed at any potential source of a cross connection. While your municipality mandates the use of backflow preventers in many cases, it’s up to you to make sure it’s in good shape.

Call the technicians at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for regular testing and maintenance of your backflow prevention device in Longwood to help keep your family safe from contamination.

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Make Sure to Schedule Backflow Preventer Maintenance

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Imagine that you’re outside washing your car with a hose that is submerged in a bucket of soapy water. Now imagine that your plumbing system has suddenly become compromised. Perhaps the main water line has burst and there is a sudden drop in your water pressure. You water supply is kept pressurized, but a sudden drop in pressure could cause the flow to reverse, siphoning up any nearby source of water through the pipes. This reverse flow may suck up the soapy water inside of the bucket and bring it into your home, causing it to flow through your plumbing system and into your home’s drinking water.

This is called backflow and, while the given scenario is unlikely, many areas of your plumbing system run the risk of cross-connecting in the event of a sudden change in pressure. Backflow occurs when the flow of water reverses and any contaminant—liquid, gas, or solid—runs the risk of entering your water supply. However, this risk is prevented with a backflow prevention device.

A backflow preventer is a device that provides an air gap so that back siphonage cannot occur. Many plumbing systems already have a backflow device installed, and state and local codes mandate the use of backflow preventers in many cases. This is because a backflow prevention device is a safety measure, keeping harmful contaminants from reaching the potable drinking supply and causing unsafe conditions in your home from the addition of sewage, wastewater, or untreated groundwater in your home.

If you already own a backflow prevention device for your plumbing system, you may believe that you are protected. However, many municipalities require that your backflow device is inspected and tested on a regular basis by a trained technician. A plumber can make sure that your backflow prevention device continues to work as it should. Your backflow preventer contains test cocks and shut-off valves designed specifically for the purpose of maintenance.

Keep your home and family safe by calling a plumber to test your backflow preventer every year, perhaps alongside your annual plumbing maintenance visit. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) to schedule backflow prevention maintenance in Longwood today!

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Why You Need Backflow Prevention in Longwood, FL

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

When you turn on a tap in your house, you expect to see clear, clean water come from the faucet. The idea that the wastewater in your sewage system might contaminate this freshwater is awful thought…but it’s something that could occur without the protection of a backflow preventer on the plumbing for your home.

Your home may or may not already have backflow prevention on its plumbing. If you are unsure, contact a professional plumber. The plumber can recommend that right installation of a backflow preventer if you don’t have one. If you already have one, the plumber will perform tests on it to see if it needs repair work. Keep in mind that not all plumbing contractors are certified in backflow prevention and repair, so make certain that you a company like Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) that has a staff with the right certification for backflow prevention in Longwood, FL.

The Importance of Backflow Prevention

The fresh water that comes into your home through the municipal system is pressurized; that way, when you open up a tap, the water immediately comes out. The sewage system, on the other hand, relies on gravity and ventilation to remove wastewater from your home. If the pressure should change on either side—loss of pressure for the fresh water, increase in pressure for the wastewater—it will result in sewage pushing up the wrong direction and forcing into the firewater pipes.

This imbalance can occur for a number of reasons. Loss of water pressure can occur because of problems in the municipal water supply or due to an abrupt drain due to a water main breach. The influx of wastewater due to the drop in pressure on the supply side is known as back siphonage. The reverse can occur because of sewer line blockage or sewer system issues, and the result is known as backpressure.

In either case, you can have seriously contaminated drinking, bathing, and cooking water, leading to major health troubles. A backflow preventer placed onto the plumbing uses a check valve to stop the wastewater from entering into the freshwater. The valve permits the wastewater in the sewage lines to move only one direction.

A backflow preventer must be professionally installed to make sure that it fits your plumbing needs. It also requires regular maintenance, which you can have done as part of annual plumbing maintenance, to make certain the important mechanical parts are not wearing down and allowing wastewater to move two directions.

To find certified inspectors for backflow prevention or other plumbing services in Longwood, FL, call on Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). Since 1975, we’ve helped central Florida homes keep their water clean and their plumbing healthy.

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Ask a Plumber: Reasons for Shower Backup

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

It is difficult for most homeowners to imagine living without the incredible convenience of running water in their homes. Thankfully, most of us will never have to experience such issues. Even so, it is very likely that you will experience some sort of problems with the plumbing system in your home eventually. When that time comes, it is important to contact a professional plumber in Orlando, FL immediately. The longer you wait to do so, the greater the risk for serious damage to your plumbing system. Even seemingly minor problems, such as a backed up shower drain, may result in real trouble if given the time. Contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today to learn more.

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There are a number of different reasons why your shower may back up. The good news is that most of them can be easily avoided with just a little bit of extra care. One of the most important things that you can do to keep your bathtub draining properly is to simply use drain covers when showering. It is inevitable that some hair is going to wind up being shed in the shower, and hair buildup in shower drains may be the most common cause of shower backups. If you shave in the shower then your drains are at an even greater risk. A good drain cover will help to keep that hair out of the drain as the water passes through.

Even when being careful to use drain covers and clean any hair out of the shower when you’re done, you will probably still have to deal with a shower backup at some point. Dirt, grime and even soap and shampoo residue can build up over time. Regular drain cleaning is a great way to ensure that your drains are clear and that they will function properly. A slow moving drain is certainly inconvenient, but many homeowners fail to realize that such issues can lead to an imbalance of pressure, creating a risk for the condition of your pipes.

To learn more about shower backups and how to avoid them, speak with an Orlando, FL plumber you can count on at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. Our team is happy to answer any questions that you may have. Contact us any time to discuss all of your plumbing service options and needs.

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Plumbing Guide: Reasons You Need Video Camera Inspection

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

While some of the plumbing techniques and materials that we use on a daily basis have been around for a long time, one of the recent arrivals into our industry is video camera to inspect your pipes. The compact size and flexibility of the video camera inspection device allows us unprecedented access to the interior of your residential or commercial piping. It allows us to see in vivid detail what might be causing problems with your plumbing system, as well as to check upon any areas that might need replacement or cleaning. The small, fiber optic video line can travel deep within your wastewater or supply lines and project the live feed onto a monitor. It eliminates the need to dig up pipes for inspection purposes. In today’s post, we’d like to review a few reasons why you need video camera inspection. If you’re in need of Orlando plumbing services, then simply call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI).

  • Major pipe blockages: Pipe blockages can come in various forms and for a variety of reasons. For example, if you have hard water, your piping may be subject to accumulations of mineral deposits over time, which can reduce the aperture of the pipe, thus leading to water flow problems. Such issues in water pressure as well as water disposal need to be investigated with the use of a video camera.
  • Potential replacement: If your pipes are getting older, and you don’t know what the problem is, then video camera inspection gives your plumber a detailed picture of the inside of your pipes that will, in turn, allow him to make a professional recommendation as to what the best course of action is. Pipe replacement is a serious undertaking, so make sure you consult with a quality plumber.
  • Cracks and holes: If you notice a decrease in water pressure, or wet spots in the yard, there is probably something wrong with one of your main pipes. Over time, your pipes may develop cracks and holes. By getting an up-close look of your pipe’s interior, your plumber can figure out exactly what’s the problem is.

Don’t settle for anything less than effective performance when it comes to your home plumbing system. Call MPI today to learn more about our exceptional Orlando plumbing services. 

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Plumbing Question: Why Must a Professional Handle My Drain Cleaning?

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

You depend a lot on the integrity and effectiveness of your plumbing systems. You rely on them to supply pressurized potable water throughout your home so that you can keep yourself, your clothes and dishes clean, and so that you can prepare food. You rely on your wastewater disposal system to remove organic waste from your home, and to ensure that you can flush the toilet and take a shower. Your drains endure a significant amount of wear and tear over the course of their service lifespan. In order to operate well, they need to be professionally inspected and cleaned. But you may be wondering why a professional should always be hired to handle your Orlando drain cleaning. We’d like to explain its importance in this post. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today for details about our excellent plumbing services.

  • Thoroughness: Our professional drain cleaning service offers an incredibly thorough clearing of your drainpipes. Only with the right equipment and skills can you expect your drains to perform well. We use the latest technologies and techniques to ensure that your drains perform like new. Hydro-jetting uses a highly pressurized water stream to dislodge hair, grease, and even mineral deposits from your drain piping.
  • Quality: Another factor to consider is the quality of the drain cleaning service. You need drain cleaning that is highly efficient so that it doesn’t take too long to be finished, but you want the service to be as long lasting as possible. Don’t settle for harsh chemicals being poured down your drains. Professional drain cleaning is safe and won’t deteriorate your piping. Considering the cost of drainpipe replacement, you should make sure you receive quality drain cleaning.

Professional drain cleaning involves a video camera inspection of your piping so that we can pinpoint areas that are particularly problematic. This first-person view of the interior of your piping gives us unprecedented information about the condition of your pipes, and makes the entire process operate smoothly. If you want to improve your plumbing, consider a professional Orlando drain cleaning from MPI. Call us today!

 

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Plumber FAQ: How Does Video Pipe Inspection Work?

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Ensuring that your drain pipes and sewer lines are in good working condition is important, because accumulations and blockages can cause big problems over time. The technological developments of the last 20 years have allowed plumbers to take advantage of video pipe inspection methods that have offered unprecedented vision into the interior condition of our wastewater disposal systems. This service is available to customers who want to know whether they might benefit from drain cleaning or whether they’re in need of drain cleaning repair. In this post, we’d like to explain how video pipe inspect works so that you can stay informed. For more information, or to schedule an Orlando, FL plumber, call the video pipe inspection experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

There are several things the video pipe inspection technician looks for: damage pipes or joints, blockages, cracks and holes, and sections that need replacement. Video pipe inspection relies on a small camera and light installed at the end-tip of a video cable. The models range in length and diameter, but they are small enough to enter even small drainpipes. The cable is typically inserted at what’s known as a “clean out,” an access point used for drain service. As this camera travels through your drainpipe, it illuminates the entire surface and uses a camera with a swivel head to allow for comprehensive scanning. The color image is communicated to the inspector through the video cable and hooked up to a monitor. The apparatus is also equipped with a recorder so that the entire inspection can be shown to the homeowner. This allows you to see exactly what the technician sees.

We hope this gives you some idea about how video pipe inspection works. The next step is what you decide to do with your this data. Talk to your local plumber about drain cleaning and repair, and about whether your drainpipes are at risk of damage. For more information, call an Orlando, FL plumber at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

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Plumbing Repair Tip: Why Call a Professional Plumber?

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Your home plumbing runs through the walls and floors of your home, often unnoticed. Hot water emerges from your showerhead, your toilet flushes, the laundry machine gives you clean clothes; but we don’t often think of what materials or mechanisms make these modern necessities possible. That is, of course, until a leak appears or a drainpipe becomes clogged. For Orlando plumbing repair services, call the certified professionals at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

Here are some reasons to call a professional plumber:

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  • Safety: If you are a not qualified plumber, then you simply don’t know how to handle the piping in your home safely. Even small repairs can be fairly messy, if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.
  • Reliability: When you hire a pro, you know that your home plumbing system is in good hands. Any necessary repairs are not going to be quick fixes, or temporary bandages, but solutions to the root of the problem.
  • Knowledge: Your professional plumber has years of experience in this industry, and has seen a variety of problems, both small and large. But in addition to this practical hands-on experience of handling plumbing issues on a daily basis, he also has studied the mechanics of plumbing, and knows what materials are best suited for your particular project, how to detect leaks, and how to recommend lasting solutions.
  • Cost: While you may have originally begun your DIY project in order to save money, you may have only exacerbated the problem. When it’s finally time to call in the plumber to make sure the repair or maintenance work is done properly, you may have actually increased the cost of the service.

Make sure you get the exceptional plumbing service you need. When you have a water leak or need a new water heater, be sure to hire a pro. When you need Orlando plumbing repair, call the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI).

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Benefits of Professional Drain Cleaning

Monday, April 8th, 2013

It’s important to recognize the importance of our drains and sewerage systems. We tend to think of our drains only if they become clogged or damaged—then they are suddenly unforgettable. One of the best ways to ensure that your home plumbing continues to work well is to schedule professional drain cleaning. Your local plumber will know exactly how to address any problems you may be having, as well as maintain the integrity of your existing plumbing system. For professional drain cleaning in Orlando, FL, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of cleaning your drains:

  • Extend the life of your home plumbing. This is one of the most important reasons to have your drains cleaned regularly. While the materials of your supply and wastewater systems are built to last, over time they undergo significant wear and tear. Ensuring that any accumulations of mineral deposits, hair, grease, or other organic waste are removed on a routine basis is the best way to extend the life of your piping.
  • Prevent major blockages. Clearing major blockages cannot only be costly and time-consuming, but it can also lead to premature pipe failure. If it occurs in your sewer line, it may require video camera inspection and potentially pipe replacement, not to mention the effect on your life in the home. Professional drain cleaning is a cost-effective solution to preventing major blockages that can cause your system to backflow.
  • Improve system efficiency. If you’ve ever stood in a pool of soapy water when taking a shower, you know how annoying a slow drain can be. When professionally cleaned, your drains will move the wastewater rapidly out of your home and into the septic tank or municipal waste management system. This improves the hygiene and comfort of your home.

These are just a few of the benefits that come with professional drain cleaning in Orlando, FL. Call MPI today to schedule a service! 

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Plumber’s Guide: Signs of Hidden Water Leaks

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Water leaks can be costly and damaging. The worst leaks are those that are hidden in walls, floors, ceilings, or within the concrete slab foundation your home sits on. Plumbing problems are complex and difficult to diagnose, and to do so quickly requires experience and training. If you think that your home has a hidden water leak, it’s imperative to get it diagnoses and repaired as soon as possible. For comprehensive water leak repair, call a plumber in Orlando at Modern Plumbing Industries (MPI) today!

Here are a few things to look for if you suspect you might have a water leak:

  • Spike in water bill. If you notice a sudden increase in your water bill without a corresponding rise in water usage, then you may have a water leak. If the leak is hidden, this may be your only hint. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your water bill from month to month.
  • Decreased water pressure. Unlike your wastewater disposal system, your water supply system is highly pressurized and calibrated to provide the right amount of pressure to run your appliances and fixtures. When the pressure is too high, it can cause damage to your piping, but when too low, your faucets and fixtures will not operate properly. Backflow is the term for cross-contamination between the supply and wastewater systems, and it can be a risk when your supply water pressure drops very low.  
  • Discoloration. Sometimes leaks are so small and slow that they are virtually undetectable. This happens often with leakage around copper baseboard piping. Due to the heat of the pipes, the water evaporates almost instantly. Fortunately, such leaks will often leave a light green or white discoloration, especially if you have hard water. Elsewhere, if you notice discoloration in your ceiling or wall, that’s often a definitive sign that water is leaking behind your sheetrock.

Hidden water leaks are difficult to detect, and difficult to diagnose accurately. While the first step is in your hands, call your local Orlando plumber to have it repaired properly. Call Modern Plumbing Industries (MPI) today.

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