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Some Water Filter Cartridges You Might Need to Use

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 11th September 2018

water-testing-at-sinkWater filtration is a valuable service for most homes in the area. The water that travels to your home may come from a municipal treatment plant, but it can pick up numerous contaminants as it travels through the pipes to your house. In Florida this can often be a problem in storm season, when groundwater seepage increases the number of potential pollutants.

There are many different water treatment systems you can have installed for your water purification in Orlando, FL needs. The different water filter cartridges available allow you excellent flexibility to deal with the specific impurities in your water supply. When you work with our water treatment specialists, they’ll ensure you end up with the ideal filters.

Below are a few of the more common water filter cartridges you may consider to help purify your home’s water.

Charcoal Carbon Filters

These are the most basic types of filters and are inexpensive—but for many homes, they are all that’s necessary. The porous surface of the activated carbon traps many impurities and removes harmful substances such as chlorine (often a byproduct of chemical treatment) and chloramine without removing the healthful minerals from the water. Carbon filters are also effective at removing the “rotten egg” odor that comes from hydrogen sulfide.

Sediment Filters

You’re probably familiar with sediment filters from water filtration pitchers. These filters remove dirt, sand, and rust flakes. Sediment filters rarely work well as whole-house options on their own, but when paired with charcoal carbon filters they add an extra layer of protection for the water supply. Sediment filters need to be changed with greater frequency than other types of filters or they can end up blocking water flow and dropping water pressure in the house.

Reverse Osmosis Membrane Filters

Reverse osmosis (RO) membranes move water through a semi-porous membrane by creating differing areas of pressure. These membranes are effective at removing salt, heavy metals, bacteria, and many other dissolved impurities. They should be changed every two to three years.

Ceramic Filters

A ceramic filter is a good choice if your house has trouble with bacteria and microbes in the water. They are also beneficial in general for improving drinking water. They remove sediment, similar to a sediment filter, but will not remove oxygen and minerals. If you are encountering serious issues with microbes in the water, you may wish to invest in a reverse osmosis filtration system or UV water purifier rather than relying on only a ceramic filter.

This is only a sample of the most frequently used types of filters. There are many specialty cartridges available to target specific water purity issues: fluoride reduction, arsenic removal, color changing, heavy metal removal, phosphate cartridges for corrosion and scale, and many more.

If you feel a bit overwhelmed reading about these numerous options and wondering where in the world to start, all it takes is calling us for water testing. This is the first step toward finding the filtration cartridges that will provide your household with water that’s safe for drinking, cooking, washing, and which will protect your plumbing from corrosion and high acidity.

Work with our specialists for excellent water filtration systems. Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has proudly served Central Florida since 1975.

Main Plumbing Leak? Don’t Panic, Right here’s What to Do

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 28th August 2018

woman-who-is-panickedPlumbing emergencies are one of the most important jobs we handle, because we know how fast a plumbing problem can turn into major water damage or a completely unlivable situation in a home. When you need an emergency plumber in Orlando, FL or the surrounding areas, you only have to pick up the phone and reach out to us, and we’ll soon be there.

We want to help you rein in those feelings of panic when you have a big plumbing leak. Here’s what you can do when you discover you’ve got leaking pipes or leaking fixtures.

ONE: Shut off water to the house

You want to stop water damage as soon as possible (as well as water waste), so the first step to take when you discover a large leak in the home’s plumbing is to shut off the water main. Take some time now to find the location of the valve that shuts off the water main. It should be located near to the water meter. Turn it until the water flow stops—and don’t turn it back on until the plumbers have given the OK. They’ll probably take care of turning it back on anyway. Make sure other people in the household know where the valve is located in case they’re the only one home when the problem strikes. (And remember which way to turn it: “righty, tighty—lefty, loosesy.” In other words, turn the valve counterclockwise to shut it.)

We recommend installing an automatic shut-off valve if your house doesn’t already have one; this shuts off the water main automatically in case of a leak and is useful for periods when nobody is in the house.

TWO: Unplug electrical appliances

In the case of huge leak issues, we’d recommend shutting off electrical power to the whole house through the electrical panel. In most cases however, you should only need to unplug the appliances in the area, such as light fixtures. This helps to avoid potential high voltage shocks.

THREE: Remove all valuables in the area

Clear out anything in the area of the leak that might suffer from water damage. If possible, clear out everything, since this will make it easier for the plumbers to take care of the repair work.

FOUR: Call a licensed plumber contractor

Now that you’ve stopped more water from escaping into the home, call up an emergency plumber. Make sure it’s a licensed and insured plumber, since this not only ensures the best quality repair work, but also protects you in case of damage done to the house.

FIVE: Remove as much water as possible

While you wait for the emergency plumbers to reach you, soak up and remove the water that’s already escaped. Put down towels to absorb the water or use a mop. You don’t want to give the water a chance to seep down into building material and create rot and mold. These are hard to remediate, so you want to see it doesn’t have a chance to start.

Fix your plumbing leaks the Modern Way! Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has proudly served Central Florida since 1975.

What Are Drain and Plumbing Vents?

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 21st August 2018

If you see this, you may have clogged drain vents.

What do you think of when you hear about the vents in a home? You probably think of the air vents in the rooms, or possibly the venting for gas-burning appliances that moves toxic combustion products safely away from the house. Those are crucial vents.

But your plumbing also has vents, and they’re just as crucial for the proper working of your plumbing system and the hygiene of your home. People often don’t know much about these plumbing vents, so we’re going to give you a short overview of them and also look at some potential drain and plumbing vent problems. If you run into any plumbing troubles, make sure you call a professional plumber in Sanford, FL to help out. Vent troubles can’t be fixed with DIY attempts.

The Basics of Drain and Plumbing Vents

Your plumbing needs to have the air pressure in it balanced. Drain vents must eliminate gas buildup from waste as well as allow some fresh air in to permit the water to move smoothly. The end result balances the pressure throughout the wastewater plumbing. The vent pipe doesn’t actually carry any water: it allows the sewer gas to escape upward. The various vent pipes extending up from the drainpipes lead to a central vent stack. This pipe goes to the roof of your house where the sewer gas is released.

How These Vents Are Helpful

Why do you need to have air pressure balanced in your drainage system? Because if the pressure is unbalanced, it will mean sewer gas traveling the wrong direction up the pipes. The gas might escape into your household, pushing through the water in the p-trap of drains. (You may hear a gurgling sound from the drains, which is warning you of sewer gas rising through the p-trap.) Worse, the pressure may push the sewage itself up from the pipes. You definitely don’t want to be caught in a home with sewage odors moving through it!

What Might Go Wrong with the Vents

One of the common troubles that can affect vents is the same problem that can affect vents of any kind: blockage. Storms may send debris onto your roof that block the vent stack; an animal nest can cause the same thing. If your home’s plumbing has dealt with slow drains or common blockages, sediment may get up into the vent pipes and block them. Drains that are slow or clogged up because of blocked drain vents won’t respond to using a basic plunger or hand-cranked drain snakes. Only professional plumbers can successfully take care of the necessary repairs.

There are signs to watch for that will warn about possibly blocked vents. We’ve already mentioned the gurgling drains. Also look for standing water in sinks and tubs, and slow or clogged drains that occur all around the home. Blocked vents aren’t the only source of these problems, but you’ll need a licensed plumber to find out what’s wrong so it can be fixed before you have an even worse trouble on your hands.

Solve your drain and other plumbing problems by calling Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. We’ve serviced Central Florida since 1975.

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