What’s Wrong with the Drain Cleaners Found in Stores?

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

When you notice that your drains don’t seem to move as quickly as they once did, you may dread using the sinks or shower. When this happens, many homeowners turn to the drain cleaning solutions that they find in stores. The labels of these generally claim to remove clogs quickly and easily. But most plumbers warn: these liquids are not safe to use for your drains.

Professional drain cleaning involves the use of tools and methods known to be safe for your drainpipe. Call on the help of the experts at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. to schedule your appointment in Oviedo with a drain cleaning specialist today.

The drain cleaning solutions that you’ll find on the shelves of hardware and grocery stores are actually quite dangerous. In fact, many experts say these are some of the most toxic chemicals readily available for purchase to the average consumer. Not only can they lead to injury of the skin and eyes, these may even damage the drainpipe itself.

In fact, many of these are fairly ineffective. Most tend to be effective at removing only some of the most common sources of clogs. Still, they leave behind traces of other debris that only leads to more clogs later on. And, they can only reach the blockage closest to the drain opening, and nothing that is too far along.

Professional drain cleaning is the way to go when it comes to eliminating the most common types of drain clogs. Experts use high quality inspection equipment to first determine the exact source of the clog. They use this equipment again afterwards to ensure that the clog is no longer present. During the process, they may rely on different tools for drain cleaning, depending on the severity of the blog. A drain snake, or drain auger, may have detachable parts. While a coiled end can latch onto a clog to rag it to the surface, a pointed end may help to break up blockage so it can move further down the drain.

Call the people at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for thorough drain cleaning services in Oviedo by professionals who only trust quality equipment for the job.

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Should I Replace My Old Tank Water Heater with a Tankless One?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Water heaters can sometimes have a bad reputation, particularly when it comes to energy efficiency. There have been a number of advancements in the plumbing industry over the last decade that have helped water heaters become much more efficient, and one such advancement has been the advent of the tankless water heater. Tankless water heaters have made such a splash that many homeowners are wondering: should I switch to a tankless water heater? The best way to decide this is to understand the capabilities of a tankless water heater and see if it fits your hot water needs in Oviedo.

How a Tankless Water Heater Works

Tankless systems are often called “on demand” because they don’t hold hot water in a tank to be used; instead, they heat water almost instantaneously when a hot water tap is opened in your home. A tankless system can accomplish this because it uses a component called a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger starts as soon as hot water is called for; the cold water flows through the heat exchanger where heat is transferred to the water, heating it for use. The heated water then flows to the open tap.

Benefits of a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless systems offer a few benefits worth considering:

  • Space-savers – tankless water heaters are much smaller than storage tank water heaters, freeing up space that would normally be taken up by the water tank.
  • Always have hot water – with a tankless system, you can’t run out of hot water because the water operates on demand.
  • Better energy efficiency – a tankless water heater uses up to 30% less energy to generate hot water, making tankless water heaters very energy efficient.
  • Longer lifespan – tankless water heaters have an average lifespan of 20 years as compared to a tank water heater, which have an average lifespan of 10-13 years.

If you are considering the replacement of your tank water heater in Oviedo with a tankless water heater, call the experts who can help you every step of the way: Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc.

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Here Are Ways to Reduce the Need for Drain Cleaning

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

When buildup in your drain pipes causes one or more drains in your home to move too slowly, many common household tasks become far more difficult than they should be. The most effective way to remove clogs entirely is by scheduling professional drain cleaning services. Professionals are equipped with the right tools to remove clogs completely and can even inspect for damages using video pipe inspection. But if your pipes tend to need frequent cleaning, you may wonder what you can do to slow down repair calls and keep drain cleaning as part of your annual maintenance visit instead. Here are a few quick tips to reduce the need for drain cleaning.

  • Maintain Your Garbage Disposal: The garbage disposal breaks down food into small pieces so that it can easily move into the drain pipes, preventing clogging. Keep your garbage disposal working as it should by dumping hard foods such as meat bones in separate trash containers, as well as fibrous foods that can wrap around blades and stop the motor, such as corn husks. Be sure to call for repairs at the first sign of trouble.
  • Avoid F.O.G. (Fat, Oils, and Grease): Fats, oils, and grease actually solidify as they cool, which may cause them to become stuck inside of your pipes. You should always pour these items into a trash receptacle instead.
  • Get Rid of Smells: You may not need to call for plumbing repair if you have smelly drains. In the event of a dry p-trap, the curved section under the pipe, you may only need to run the water to get rid of sewage smells. Otherwise, try a solution of baking soda and vinegar.

One of the most important things to remember is that the toxic liquid drain cleaners found in many grocery stores and hardware shops just don’t do the trick. While they may be effective at removing one or two problems, these cleaners cannot dissolve most solid clogs and may damage your pipes. For tough clogs, you need professional drain cleaning from a plumber with the right tools to get the job done. Besides, professional drain cleaning is the best way to prevent major problems from damaging your pipes in the future. For drain cleaning in Oviedo, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today!

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Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. Sponsors Taste of Oviedo

Monday, February 4th, 2013

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Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) will be sponsoring the Taste of Oviedo event on March 9th, 2013. The event runs form 11am to 7pm, with a fireworks show following. Admission is free and celebrates the cultural heritage of Oviedo. There will be a car show, food and entertainment.

MPI is proud to support the local community. We provide top quality drain cleaning, sewer services, emergency plumbing and water heater services in Oviedo and throughout the Orlando area.

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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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