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Tools Plumbers Use for Drain Cleaning

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Drain cleaning is a service you can have done on a regular basis to help keep your home’s plumbing efficient and to reduce the problems that can afflict it. You can also have emergency drain cleaning to clear out thick and obstinate clogs that a basic sink plunger cannot eliminate. Professional plumbers experienced with drain cleaning in Winter Park, FL use a variety of special tools to make sure you have clean drains without causing any damage to them.

To schedule drain cleaning, whether for an emergency or as a preventive measure, contact Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We will bring the best tools to the job, placed in the hands of plumbers with the necessary training to do thorough work that will leave you satisfied.

Some of the tools professionals use for drain cleaning

  • Video pipe inspection equipment: These devices consist of a miniaturized camera and powerful LED light mounted on a long fiber-optic cable. The cable snakes down through a drain opening or other access point and sends back a feed to a monitor. This allows a plumber to see the inside of the drainpipes and pinpoint exactly where cleaning is necessary and what kind of cleaning will do the job. Video pipe inspections are useful for a variety of plumbing tasks, and they save time and permit plumbers to perform drain cleaning without using invasive procedures.
  • Mechanical drain snakes: These are basic tools for eliminating most clogs. Drains snakes are a coil of wires that work similar to a corkscrew: the plumber feeds the wire coil down into a drainpipe until it comes into contact with the blockage. The plumber then activates the motor, which screws down into the clog. At this point, the plumber can then either remove the clog or forcibly break it up. Although you can purchase manual drain snakes from stores, they are nowhere near as effective at cleaning obstructions from pipes as the professional motorized models.
  • Hydro-jetters: A hydro-jetter is a cleaning system that uses high-pressure, high temperature water to blast away clogs in pipes and also scour the inside of the pipes to get rid of a build-up of soap scum and fat, grease, and oil. Because of the physical danger from high-pressure water blasts, the job of hydro-jetting must always be left to a trained professional.

A note of caution: do not use liquid drain cleaners. Despite their name, these bottles full of acidic chemicals are poor choices for cleaning drains. Their caustic action will damage pipe interiors, and the chemicals are highly toxic and will leave behind dangerous fumes. No plumber recommends using liquid drain cleaners: if you can’t get rid of a clog or a slow drain using a plunger, call for a plumber.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) offers comprehensive plumbing services, including drain cleaning, in Winter Park, FL and the rest of Central Florida. We have almost 40 years of experience to bring to the job, and we have 24-hour emergency service.

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Stages of Pipe Replacement in Winter Park

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Replacing worn and damaged piping in a home is a task that professional plumbers do often. Even newer homes sometimes will need to have faulty pipes replaced. Whether you need a few parts of your plumbing updated, or if you live in an older home that needs a full replacement of old galvanized steel pipes, make sure that you neither attempt the work yourself nor entrust it to amateurs. Call on experts like the team at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for pipe replacement in Winter Park, FL.

Although replacing pipes often involves excavating through building material in walls and floors, with top plumbers on the job, you can expect the work to move fast and leave few signs that the replacement experts were even there.

The Stages of Pipe Replacement From Professionals

  • Water shut-off: The plumbers will need to shut off a home’s water in order to work; they will arrange it so this shut-off period lasts for as short a time as possible. For extensive pipe replacement jobs (a whole-house repiping can take 3–5 days), they will do the job so that the water can be restored at the end of each work day so you will not have to go without water for an extended period.
  • Locating the pipes: The plumbers find the pipes they will be replacing, using sound equipment to pinpoint the location through wood or drywall.
  • Excavation: Now the plumbers make small cuts into the building material framing the pipe section that they will remove. The excavation here is performed careful and done with an eye toward replacing the material later with as little indication that any work was done. For pipes in the floors, the plumbers will—if at all possible—go through the ceiling to reach the pipes from below and leave the flooring undisturbed.
  • Replace the pipes: The plumbers will already have decided what type of material they will use as a substitute for the older pipe: copper, PEX, CPVC. They will detach the old pipe and put in the replacement.
  • Restoration and resurfacing: The plumbers put back any removed building material to hide the pipe, then take care of patching and re-texturing, making every effort to satisfy you with the final result.

Don’t Hesitate About Necessary Repiping

We hope the description above reassures you that professional repiping isn’t a disruptive or damaging job. If you are dealing with serious leaking issues, loss of water pressure, high water bills, and other plumbing ailments on a regular basis, you should give repiping serious consideration.

Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) and schedule an appointment for professional pipe replacement or other plumbing services in Winter Park, FL. With our nearly 40 years of experience, you can trust us to perform the job fast and with as little interruption to your life as possible.

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Signs of Trouble with Your Water Line

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The most important part of the plumbing in your home is one you almost never see: the water line beneath your home that channels in fresh water from the municipal supply. This is where all your home’s running water originates. Without this water supply, you would have no water to drink, bathe or shower in, clean or cook with. When you turn a tap in your home, you expect water to come out of it.

Water lines can sustain damage or develops clogs like any other part of your plumbing, and you’ll need expert plumbers to fix the line to restore your water supply should this happen. Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. can send plumbers familiar with local building codes and underground utility lines to your home to supply the experienced repairs necessary. For any Winter Park, FL plumbing repairs you need, we can help.

Signs of water line trouble:

  • Water pressure drop: If the line isn’t fully broken or blocked, but instead has sprung a leak, one of the early warning signs will be a drop in the water pressure from your faucets.
  • Yard or pavement flooding: Depending on where your water line lies, a break will cause flooding either in your lawn or through the sidewalk pavement in front of your house. Even if the flooding is small, like unexpected pools of water, you should call for a plumber to investigate. Be especially aware of this occurring after a major storm, since pipes in Central Florida have been known to break because of lightning strikes.
  • High water bills: If you notice an unexpected spike in your water bills that you can’t account for, than it’s possible that a water line leak is behind it. (It could also come from leaks in other places in your house, but you’ll need professionals to find out the source.)
  • Water stops entirely: If your water abruptly ceases to come from any faucet, and you haven’t received any warning from the water company about a temporary shut off, then the problem is almost certainly with the water line and you’ll need service before other problems like flooding start.

Have professionals service the water line—and anything else

You should never try “do-it-yourself” projects with your home’s plumbing, especially a part that connects to the municipal water supply. The danger of causing further flooding is too high. Call professionals to help with your plumbing in Winter Park, FL.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. has 24-hour emergency service to aid you when you need plumbing help, whether it’s to fix a water line break or repair pinhole leaks under the sink.

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Some Ways to Start Conserving Water

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Water conservation today is about more than saving money on water bills. It’s also about helping the environment. More and more homeowners today are curious about ways to cut back on their water usage for themselves and for others.

Fortunately, there some easy steps you can take to help you reduce water use in your home. Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. wants to assist you with this effort, and we have fixtures and appliances that will help make your Winter Park, FL plumbing as conservation-friendly as possible. Contact us today to find out about how you can start saving water right.

We’ll help you get started with water-saving tips that are easy to do:

  • Fix leaky faucets: Although the water that drips from a leaky faucet may seem minimal and unimportant, it will add up quickly. According to a government study, a single leaky faucet in a home that drips twice per minute will waste 70 gallons of water a year. If you can’t repair a leaky faucet on your own, have a professional plumber take care of it.
  • Water your lawn in early morning or late evening: If you water your lawn during the day, when the temperature is high, most of the water will evaporate before it can do any good for the plants. You’ll just end up needing to water the yard more often.
  • Turn off the tap when you don’t need it: It’s simple to forget to shut off the water while doing simple tasks like brushing your teeth or doing the dishes. According to the U.S. EPA, you can save 8 gallons of water a day if you shut off the faucet while brushing your teeth in the morning and evening: that’s approximately 200 gallons a month.
  • Install low-flow fixtures: Professional plumbers can fit your home with low-flow faucets, as well as other water-conserving appliances. You can also consider moving from a storage water heater to a tankless water heater that works far more efficiently, which saves energy.

Ask a professional plumber how you can save water

At Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc., we have a wide selection of products to help you conserve water. But before you start thinking about low-flow faucets and other conservation fixtures, call our plumbers to fix any leaks in your home. They have the skills to take care of any problems with your plumbing in Winter Park, FL and help you get a start with saving water.

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Different Types of Drain Snakes

Monday, November 11th, 2013

When people think of trying to clear out drain clogs on their own, three methods come to mind: the plunger, the liquid drain cleaner, and the drain snake. The first is generally a safe way to get rid of a clogged drain, and does an effective job of eliminating minor blockages. The second is an absolute “don’t.” The chemicals in store-bought drain cleaners can harm your pipes and they are also highly toxic and can leave fumes in your home that you definitely don’t want there.

The third, the drain snake (also known as a drain auger), is the best way to clear out clogs, especially tougher ones a plunger can’t affect. However, there are different types of drain snakes and you should trust to professionals, like the skilled staff at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc., to handle operating them. For a plumber in Winter Park, FL who can fix your drain clog troubles, contact us right away.

The different kinds of drain snakes professional plumbers use

  • Manual cable drain snakes: This is the basic kind of auger; it’s essentially a corkscrew that a plumber manually turns to make the opposite end of the cable drill into the clog. Then the plumber reverses the motion to pull the clog out.
  • Flat tape snakes: Similar to a cable snake, but much flatter and capable of fitting into smaller pipes less than 2” in diameter. Sometimes they are used to push a clog through rather than pull it out.
  • Power snakes: These snakes don’t rely on manual power, but are hooked to motors. The operation is essentially the same as a standard cable snake, except they can handle far tougher clogs.
  • Toilet closet snakes: These are designed specifically for toilet clogs, and can be either manual or powered. They have extremely flexible cables capable of navigating toilet plumbing.

Get professional assistance

You can purchase drains snakes—either manual or motor-powered—through hardware stores and numerous websites. However, if you find that you can’t clear a clog using a plunger, you shouldn’t rely on the drain snake, especially a powered one. Instead, get a trained plumber with the best drain auger equipment available so you won’t risk damaging your plumbing.

Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. has served Central Florida with expert plumbing since 1975. Trust us, there isn’t a drain clog we haven’t encountered before, and we have all the tools necessary to clear whatever blockage is plaguing your drains. For a plumber in Winter Park, FL who can solve your troubles, give us a call.

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A Testimonial from Mary Alice Wilder

Friday, March 29th, 2013

The professional Orlando plumbers at Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. take great pride in the work that they do. We love hearing back from satisfied customers about how pleased they are with the services we provide. As one of our valued clients, Mary Alice Wilder, explains:

I have used and recommended Modern Plumbing for all my plumbing needs to my business associates and friends. They are very easy to work with and are timely!”

That is just the type of feedback that we love to hear. At  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) your complete satisfaction with the services we offer is our top priority. No matter what plumbing services you need, the Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) team can help.

Are you building a new home? Let us handle your plumbing installation. We’ll make sure that you have reliable access to water so that you can do laundry, shower and use the bathroom at your convenience. If you plan to use gas appliances in your home we can also complete your gas piping installation. Keep your home safe by scheduling your gas piping installation with a professional plumber you can trust to do the job right.

Of course, you plumbing system will eventually encounter some sort of operational problem. When it does,  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) is the Orlando plumbing company to call for your plumbing repair needs. Even minor water leaks can lead to serious problems, so it is important that you schedule plumbing repair as soon as you suspect a problem. If you have a more serious issue, such as a slab leak, we’ll be there as soon as possible to resolve the issue. From bathroom and kitchen plumbing installation to leak detection and water treatment systems,  Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) does it all.

Schedule service with Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. today to see for yourself the great service that Mary Alice Wilder is talking about. When you work with an expert plumber devoted to your complete satisfaction you can count on outstanding service. Contact us with any questions you may have.

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Water Heater Question: What Is The Water Heater Anode Rod?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

We rely on our water heaters every day for hot showers and baths, and clean clothes and dishes. One of the most overlooked components of your water heater is a piece of equipment known as the anode rod, commonly referred to as the sacrificial anode. The anode rod may be the most single important factor affecting the lifespan of your water heater.

What Is An Anode Rod?

Anode rods are typically about 39” in length and ¾” in diameter. They are often made out of a steel core wire and wrapped in magnesium, aluminum or zinc. Often screwed to the top of your water heater, the anode rod “sacrifices” itself chemically to the water inside. All metallic elements are reactive on some scale. Because the metal used on the rod’s outside is less “noble” than the steel on the inside of your water heater, the electrolytic reaction with the water in your tank will eat away at the rod instead of damaging the tank itself.  It’s an age-old method to make sure your tank water heater doesn’t begin to rust.

Why Get Regular Water Heater Repair and Maintenance in Orlando, FL

The lifespan of your anode rod depends on the composition of the water, the quantity of water running through your water heater on a daily basis, water temperature as well as the quality of the tank itself. The inspection and replacement of your anode rod is an essential part of any homeowner’s maintenance. If you don’t catch a depleted anode rod before it’s too late, then the inside of your water heater’s tank may start to rust. Moreover, it can also break off and bounce around inside your tank, which can cause damage to the tank’s liner.

Knowing how your anode rod affects your hot water supply may help you to avoid water heater repair in Orlando, FL. For water heater repair, maintenance and installation services, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) today. 

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3 Benefits to Installing a New Water Heater

Monday, January 21st, 2013

If your water heater has stopped working, your immediate reaction is probably one of dismay. However, there are several benefits to replacing your water heater that can help turn your mood around. At Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), we’ve been offering complete water heater installation and water heater replacement in Orlando for years.  Here are some of the benefits of replacing your hot water heater.


Almost without exception, new hot water heaters offer customers greater heating efficiency. Water heaters are generally given an Energy Factor rating that measures their efficiency. This rating describes how much actual hot water is produced per unit of fuel consumed. The higher the energy factor, the more efficient the water heater is. New gas-fired water heaters typically have an energy factor rating of .5 to .7. By investing in a new water heater, you’ll be able to take advantage of that efficiency.

Hot Water Recovery Rate

Two other important metrics for water heaters is the First Hour Rating which measures the availability of water during the period of highest demand. The Recovery Rating is also important because it describes the water heater’s ability to replenish hot water after it has been depleted. If you have an old hot water, you may have been taking cold showers if you got in after the rest of your family. With a new hot water, it will likely have a better recovery rating which will give you access to more hot water at the times when you need it most.

Space Savings

If you’ve decided to upgrade to a tankless hot water heater, then you will probably have more available space in your storage area. Tankless water heaters are small, rectangular units that can be mounted on a wall. If that’s the case, then you likely have a much larger area for storing other items besides your water heater.

If you need water heater installation or water heater replacement in Orlando, call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI). We have experience working with many different types and brands of water heaters. We would love to help you pick out a unit that matches your home’s needs and your budget. Call us today.

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Plumbing Tips: Best Bathroom Upgrades

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Are you thinking of upgrading the bathroom fixtures and faucets in your Winter Springs home? At Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI), we can help you out with all your bathroom installation and replacements. Call us for advice and tips on choosing the right ones.

Meanwhile, here are some of the best bathroom upgrades you can choose for your home.

Low Flow Showerheads and Faucets

Did you know that a standard showerhead uses up to 5.5 gallons per minute (GPM)? The amount of water you can save by installing a low-flow showerhead can reduce your water bills up to 40%. Low-flow showers will have a 2.5 GPM rate, or lower. Faucets will have different rates, and your Winter Springs plumber can help you decide which faucet or showerheads will work best in your home.

Low Flow Toilets

Your older toilet could be using as much as 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush, which is a big part of your home’s daily water use. Low-flow toilets use less than 1.6 gallons of water and work just as effectively. If you are remodeling your bathroom or just looking to make your home more green, installing a low-flow toilet is an easy way to save water.

Other Improvements

Even if you have a small drip in your bathroom, it can add up over time. Call a plumber to fix any leaks or drips. There could be other issues you aren’t aware of. In addition, installing the right kind of bathroom fixtures and appliances can help with the overall maintenance of your entire plumbing system.

Call Modern Plumbing Industries, Inc. (MPI) for other tips, and always call us for all your Winter Springs plumbing installation needs!

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