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.

 Shower Backup

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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GE Hybrid Water Heaters in Orlando

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Whether you are building a new home and need a water heater installation or you are finally ready to upgrade your old water heater, call Modern Plumbing Industries (MPI). Our team of water heater experts can ensure that you find the best water heater for your home and personal hot water usage habits.

As concerns about environmental impact – as well as the cost of energy – increases, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their home more efficient and environmentally friendly. If this is a priority that you have, ask MPI about the installation of a GE hybrid water heater in your Orlando home. These innovative devices make using hot water in your home more efficient than ever before.

The GeoSpring hybrid water heater from GE is an industry leader in efficiency. Boasting the best energy efficiency levels of any 50 gallon water heater on the market, the GeoSpring can help you cut down on energy use in your home while still heating water effectively. The key to the efficiency with which GE hybrid water heaters work lies in their use of energy.

Hybrid water heaters use a built-in heat pump to draw in existing heat from the surrounding environment. This allows them to use much less direct heating fuel, such as natural gas. If the system is overwhelmed it can make use of direct heating sources such as natural gas to increase its output. In eHeat mode, the water heater will use the heat pump exclusively.

You are also able to lower the temperature that your water heater works to attain, further boosting energy efficiency. Make use of settings such as vacation mode to trim costs when you are away. The amount of control that a GE hybrid water heater, paired with its highly efficient operation, makes reducing energy consumption in Orlando simple.

For more information about GE hybrid water heaters in Orlando, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We are always happy to help our loyal customers save money in their homes. Let us handle your GE hybrid water heater installation, maintenance and repair services so that you can enjoy the full benefit of your device. Call today for more information.

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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 is Drain Vent Repair?

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Drain vents are an essential part of all plumbing systems.  They equalize the air pressure in a drain line, allowing air to flow through the pipe as well as water.  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. has a team of professional plumbers in Winter Springs who handle drain vent repairs and can help you understand them a little bit better.

Plumbing drain vents perform some key functions.  They allow air to escape from waste water pipes as the waste water pushes it along.  They permit air into the waste pipes so that waste water is not hindered by low air pressure.  They prevent the siphon affect from occurring when water fixtures are used.  They safely dispose of stinky sewer odors through a roof vent rather than the odor being trapped and entering a building.

So what causes the need for a drain vent repair?

If you begin to smell sewer gas in your building there could be a drain vent problem.  Hearing a gurgling sound during drainage means there is a bad venting pipe or clogged drain.  This happens because air cannot be properly vented through the plumbing vent and instead is being sucked in through the drainage pipes.

Plumbing vents that accidentally get blocked or closed off or leaking plumbing vents that are not properly sealed can cause problems with your plumbing system.  There can also be plumbing vent stack leaks inside the walls of a building when initial installation is not completed properly and pipes become disjointed.  Each of these problems needs professional service to be repaired properly.

The qualified plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. are ready to help you with all your drain vent repairs in Winter Springs, no matter how they happened, and no matter what they are.  Contact Modern Plumbing Industries today!

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Plumbing Question: Why Does My House Run Out of Hot Water?

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Running out of hot water is never fun, especially when you are in a hurry and need it to finish your morning preparations for the day.  As Orlando plumbing specialistsModern Plumbing Industries, Inc. we can help you understand the main reasons why the hot water runs out.

Reasons the Hot Water Runs Out

As everyone knows, hot water is created for us by our water heaters.  The type and size of water heater that is present in a building will directly relate to how quickly the hot water runs out.  If the hot water heater is too small for the standard uses within a home or a business such as a restaurant, it can mean frequently running out of hot water and having to wait for it to be heated once again.

Different household tasks use up differing amounts of hot water.  A typical five-minute shower takes up 12 gallons of hot water.  A load of laundry typically takes from 9-12 gallons of hot water on the standard warm wash and warm rinse cycle (depending on the size of the washing machine).  A load of dishes in the dishwasher can use anywhere from 8 to 10 gallons of hot water.  If you only have a 30 gallon tank water heater then doing any of these things at the same time can mean the hot water runs out quickly.

It could also be that the dip tube on the cold water inlet on the hot water heater is broken or has worn out.  The result would be not being able to use the water near the bottom of the tank, which means you are losing a good portion of your water heating capacity.

On electric water heaters the heating elements could have gone out.  Resetting them will generally solve this problem, but if it does not it means something more serious has occurred and a water heater replacement may be necessary.

Improper insulation on a water heater can mean that heat loss from the water heater tank is causing the water temperature to fluctuate too often, resulting in not enough hot water.

Sediment buildup within a water heater can decrease how well the water is heated and how well it stays hot.  Excess sediment creates a big problem, and proper water heater flushing should be done during your annual professional water heater maintenance.

Let us help you solve your hot water problems in Orlando, whether they are due to a hot water heater that is too small, broken or worn parts, improper insulation or sediment buildup.  No matter what the reasons are that the hot water runs out, Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI)  can help you get an ample supply of hot water once again.

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How Plumbing Repairs Save You Money in Orlando

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Because there are so many types of plumbing repairs which could spring up unexpectedly, there are a number of variables which can affect the cost of fixing the problem.  However, one of the most important things to remember when dealing with a plumbing problem is to hire a licensed plumbing company in Orlando, such as Modern Plumbing Industries. Our skilled plumbers will perform your plumbing repairs in a professional manner and at a reasonable price point, and it is always less expensive when the problem is fixed the first time.

Save Money by Using Common Sense

Much of the time when plumbing problems occur small things over time have compounded to become one big issue which results in the need for plumbing repair.  By making certain that you are taking proper care of your pipes you can prevent plumbing issues altogether or at least keep your plumbing up and running until that next plumbing maintenance check.  Use drain screens to prevent everyday objects, jewelry, hair, and excesses of soaps and toothpaste from going down drain.  Pour hot water down drains to clear out the normal daily soap-scum buildup which occurs.

Save Money with Plumbing Maintenance

Ensuring proper plumbing maintenance is performed will mean fewer emergency plumbing repairs, which means less out of pocket to pay for them.  This includes having a professional plumber such as ours come in annually to perform a full plumbing maintenance inspection to identify and fix small problems that would have only grown and cost you more in plumbing repairs.

Save Money on Taxes

Some plumbing repairs will be tax-deductible at the end of the year especially if it affects how much your home is worth, such as replacing old pipes with copper pipes.  If you have a home office, plumbing repairs in that section should be tax deducted for business expenses.  And also if the plumbing repair is quite major and is energy-related for more energy-efficiency.

Save Money with the Right Plumbing Company in Orlando Florida

Modern Plumbing Industries is a plumbing company in Orlando that provides quality plumbing repair and plumbing system maintenance programs to our valued customers.  Allow our experienced plumbing technicians to perform your plumbing repairs and plumbing maintenance in an efficient and professional manner.  Contact Modern Plumbing Industries for all your Orlando plumbing system needs.

 

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