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: Can Drain Cleaning Reduce Repairs?

Monday, November 26th, 2012

You probably don’t spend many sleepless nights thinking about the plumbing system in your Orlando home. But if your plumbing system breaks down, then it’s probably dominating your every thought. At Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), we want our customers to rest easy about their plumbing system. To that end, we put together a few reasons why drain cleaning might be a good idea for your home in Orlando.

Drain Cleaning Techniques

There are a number of ways that you can clean out a drain. One of the best ways to do it is with high pressure water jetting.

  • High pressure water jetting – This kind of process is highly effective at clearing any kinds of blockages or clogs in your pipes. The pressure washer is basically a long hose that sprays water up and down your drains. The water pressure used during water jetting is between 3,000 and 5,000 PSI.

Benefits of Drain Cleaning

We all try to have our cars regularly maintained. We do it to extend the life of our car and reduce repairs. The same goes for your home.

  • Reduced repairs – With regular drain cleaning, you can potentially reduce costly repairs to your plumbing that result from clogs. This is a great way for many homeowners in Orlando to cut back on home repair costs.
  • Greater comfort – Standing in the shower waiting for the water to drain isn’t a nice thing. When you have your drains regularly cleaned, you know that they are going to drain fast without the risk of clogs.

Check Your Work

At Modern Plumbing Industries, we like to be sure about the work we do. That’s why we offer video camera drain inspections as well. With this procedure, we insert a flexible cord with a camera on the end of it into the plumbing system. This way we can get up close and personal with every inch of the drain. We look for cracks or leaks in your pipes and make sure that everything is working well.

If you’re interested in learning more about the drain cleaning services that we offer in Orlando, contact Modern Plumbing today. Our professional plumbers have years of experience. We would be more than happy to help you make sure that your drain system is working well.

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Plumber’s Guide: Gas Piping Installation

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Natural gas piping installation is a huge undertaking for your home, especially if you currently don’t have it. Any kind of gas repiping or piping installation should always be done by a licensed professional. Natural gas water heaters and furnaces are highly efficient and are a great alternative to other fuel-burning systems. Natural gas ranges are used by cooks around the world because they heat quickly and allow for near-instant temperature adjustments. We’ve assembled a quick description of how gas piping installation works is various applications. If you have additional questions, please give Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) a call today.

Installing a New Gas Appliance

If you already have gas lines in your house, maybe propane or natural gas, then adding an additional gas-fired appliance won’t take very long. It’s simply a matter of running the new gas lines and connecting it to the appliance. Call your local licensed professional to perform any of these services.

Moving a Gas Appliance

If you’re interested in moving a gas appliance from area of your house to another, this is also fairly simple. This project can normally be done within a few days.

Converting Your Home to Gas

If you don’t currently have gas in your home, transitioning to natural gas is a huge process. It involves security the correct permits and then tapping into the city’s main natural gas line. Normally, a trench needs to be dug from the street to your home and a pipe buried to supply the gas to your house. We will also have to install all of the piping in your home as well.

Contact the Orlando plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today with any of your questions or concerns about gas piping installation.

 

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Plumbing Guide: How Professional Drain Cleaning Works

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Most Orlando homeowners, when they think about drain cleaning, think only of a plunger or a bottle of drano being used to take out a small hair or grease clog in the trap. But many clogs are much bigger than this. They can be deeper in the pipes or they may simply be resistant to plunging and you should never use chemicals due to the damage they can cause. Here is a quick look at the professional grade drain cleaning options that are available and the benefits they offer to those who can’t quite plunge it clear.

 Evaluating the Clog

The first step when an Orlando plumber arrives at your home for professional drain cleaning is to evaluate your clog and determine what steps will be best to handle it. This means checking the age of the pipes, the scope of the clog itself and what drains are affected. One of the many advances in clog detection technology in recent years is video pipe inspection. This allows a plumber to see directly inside your pipes and find both the clog and the reason it developed.

Specific Options for Drain Cleaning

Once a clog has been identified, the removal process can begin. Snaking is the simplest and often most effective for fixture based clogs, but there are other options as well. For example, though rarely if ever are chemicals or other compounds used, even organic compounds for sewer cleaning. High speed jetting may be used for light clogs and build up in the pipes, and if the problem is severe enough, direct access to the pipe may be needed, but the video pipe inspection can help with this.

Many shallow clogs can be removed by a homeowner with a plunger or even a simple snake, but if you have a deeper clog and can’t quite remove it, there are much more powerful, professional-grade options available for you and your drainage system. Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today to learn more about Orlando plumbing repairs. 

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Plumbing Question: What is a Booster Pump?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

If you own or operate a business in the Orlando area and the plumbing is not sufficient for your needs, or if you plan on expanding your operations and know that your current plumbing and water pressure won’t get the job done, it is important that you consider an upgrade like a booster pump.

Booster pumps are simple devices that are attached to your main water lines to increase water pressure to compensate for things like extensive pipe networks, elevation changes in multi-story buildings and more. Basically, if your building is very large or has industrial water needs, a booster pump will compensate for whatever deficiencies there are in the municipal water supply.

Why A Booster Pump Might Be Necessary

There are a couple of reasons why you might need such a pump. To start, your business might be at the end of a supply line, meaning decreased water pressure from what is intended. Second, you might have an extensive, multi-story building with far more pipes than the municipal supply is designed to serve.

In both cases, the water must flow through quite a bit of pipe, and because of that, friction starts to slow down the water flow. Of course, older booster pumps were noisy and used a lot of energy to get the job done. Today’s pumps are very quiet and efficient so it is not a burden to have one installed. In fact, for many area businesses these pumps are essential for proper plumbing operation.

If you decide a booster pump is a good fit for your Orlando plumbing, make sure you call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc – these systems need to be carefully calibrated to provide just enough boost without damaging your pipes.

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Plumbing Tip: What You Should Know About Video Pipe Inspection

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Technological advances in video pipe inspection techniques and equipment have allowed Orlando plumbers to detect problems within drain and sewer systems without damaging the customer’s property.  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) is proud to offer the latest in video inspection technologies, and we want to be the plumbing company you call for your next plumbing inspection in Orlando.

Video Pipe Inspection Basics

When our plumbers come to look at your drain and sewer system, the easiest and least invasive way to determine the cause and find the right solution is with a video pipe inspection.  Many plumbing problems occur in locations where physical access is limited, such as underground or behind walls. These locations would require ripping out walls or digging up huge sections of the yard and landscaping just to find the problem.

With video pipe inspection, our plumbers can pinpoint the issue more accurately and quickly. Not only does this decrease the overall cost of the repair, but it can also help ensure that we get your system working again quickly so that you can get back to your daily routine. We can also make sure there are no other hidden issues and test your system to ensure that everything is working properly.

During video pipe inspection, a tiny camera is placed inside the drain leading to the pipe where you’re having a problem. The video camera is connected to a monitor via a wireless connection so that our plumbers can easily see the condition of the inside of the pipe. More common problems include shifted joints, holes or cracks in the pipe, blockages caused by waste or roots growing into the pipe. Once we locate the issue, then we can determine the best way to resolve it, which will also provide a better approximation of the overall cost of the repair.

Let the Orlando plumbing professionals at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) provide you with a video pipe inspection. Contact us 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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