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Some Details You Might Not Find out about Hydro-Jetting

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 7th February 2018

hydro-jetting-cleaning-pipe-diagramDrain cleaning is one of the most important services that any plumbing contractor can provide. We take special pride in the equipment we use for drain cleaning and the skill of our plumbers at handling the job. We can take care of the worst clogs stopping up drains in both commercial and residential plumbing, and we can use drain cleaning as a preventive measure to help keep away clogs and other drainage problems in the future.

Our main tool for handling great drain cleaning in Orlando, FL and throughout Central Florida is the hydro-jetter.

Facts about Hydro-Jetting

In principle, hydro-jetting to clean drains is simple to explain. Water placed under high pressure is blasted out through a directional nozzle at the end of a long hose. A plumber feeds this hose down into a drain or clean-out to provide full scouring power along the inside of the pipe, the force of the water blasting away all types of debris and build-up.

There’s more facts about hydro-jetting, however, you may find interesting:

  • Hydro-jetting has been around for more than eight decades. But for much of that time it wasn’t an affordable option for the majority homes and small businesses. The equipment was enormous and it took multiple plumbers to handle the job. Today, the equipment is small enough that a single- lumber can take on the drain cleaning needs for homes and smaller businesses.
  • Although safe for pipes, hydro-jetting can present hazards to people: the water pressure blasts are dangerous. This is why only professional plumbers should ever perform hydro-jetting. During hydro-jetting, plumbers wear special gear, such as padded aprons (sort of like a baseball catcher’s vest) and helmets with eye-shielding.
  • There is a wide range of water pressure for hydro-jetters, and plumbers match the pressure to the plumbing system. The psi (pounds per square inch) of hydro-jetters ranges from 7,000 to 60,000. At a high pressure like 60,000 psi—which you probably won’t need—the water blasts can cut through metal.
  • The different nozzles are a key part of the cleaning process. The nozzles are designed to direct the spray ahead and behind the hose for fuller coverage. Plumbers will select a directional nozzle that will do the best job: for example, when handling a thick clog rather than taking on general cleaning, a nozzle with a more forward, concentrated spray is preferred. There are also rotating nozzles for an even more thorough cleaning coverage.
  • Hydro-jetting is an environmentally friendly process when compared to other drain cleaning methods that use silica sand and chemicals. Hydro-jetting doesn’t place anything harmful into the wastewater system.

But the best fact of all when it comes to hydro-jetting is how complete a job it does at drain cleaning. Once you’ve had drains given the hydro-jetting treatment, they will be in a like-new state, making it harder for debris to catch onto the walls and start to build up again. Hydro-jetting means those clogs you’ve been dealing with won’t be coming back in a few weeks—or months, or maybe en years.

We offer hydro-jetting services for both homes and businesses in Central Florida. Contact us today, whether you have an emergency plumbing problem or you want to schedule preventive drain cleaning.

Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has proudly served Central Florida since 1975.

Do You Want Business Sump Pump Companies?

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 6th February 2018

water-waveSump pumps are essential parts of many homes in Florida because of the stormy season that can create terrible flooding. In many parts of the country, sump pumps are installed down in basements. Homes here in Florida rarely have basements, so the sump pumps are part of the crawlspace where they remove water from the lowest part of the building structure and pump it out into the wastewater system. A professionally installed sump pump protects a home from serious water damage and keeps away excess moisture that can lead to mold and mildew growth.

The Commercial Sump Pump

It is as important for businesses and commercial properties to have sump pump installations as for homes. Commercial sump pumps are required by regulations in a number of situations, such as in elevator pits in commercial buildings. Most of these sump pumps must have annual inspections and maintenance from licensed commercial plumbers.

If you have a current sump pumps and aren’t in need of a new installation or replacement for one, you either have floor-mounted sump pumps or submersible guide-rail pumps. The floor-mounted model is similar to what’s known in residential plumbing as a pedestal sump pump. They are situated on the floor and draw water up from a well (the sump itself) to pump it out of the building. A guide-rail pump is submerged down in the well, which would make it more difficult to repair and maintain normally. However, the guide-rail allows the pump to be easily lifted from the well so commercial plumbers can work on the unit without difficulty.

Commercial Sump Pump Maintenance

Routine maintenance for either type of sump pump is necessary every year. These devices use large horsepower motors to be able to pump water rapidly out of the sump and prevent flooding in a commercial space. The motors must have regular lubrication and checks on their electrical parts, and pipes and connections need to be cleared. The sump also must be cleaned out so that debris doesn’t create clogging inside the sump. Maintenance technicians will perform routine tests to ensure the motor of the pump activates when water enters the sump. Once maintenance is completed, you can be at ease that your sump pump will protect your business during the coming year.

Commercial Sump Pump Repairs

If a commercial sump pump breaks when it needs to be working, it’s a serious emergency. Our plumbers are available 24 hours to help with these emergency situations. But if you already have suspicions that your sump pump isn’t working the way it should, don’t wait for the breakdown to find out! Call us to schedule preventive repairs before you learn the hard way about your sump pump troubles.

Are you in need of other service for commercial plumbing in Winter Springs, FL? We offer full commercial plumbing throughout Central Florida, including sump pump service. Call us today if you’d like to arrange for sump pump maintenance before the rainy winter weather sets, or if you’re looking for sump pump repairs for your business.

Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has proudly served Central Florida since 1975.

A Nearer Have a look at the Downside of Sewer Line Corrosion

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 5th February 2018

broken-sewer-pipeThe sewer line that connects the drains of your plumbing system to the municipal sewer line that runs down the center of the street is one of the most important parts of your household plumbing. Of course, it’s not actually inside the house itself and it’s entirely hidden from your sight down in a trench. This pipe is built to endure for decades without trouble, but many sewer lines are over 50 years old and made from out-of-date material such as cast iron and galvanized steel. This puts the pipeline in serious danger of corrosion, leading to leaks and breaks.

A damaged pipeline jeopardizes the sewer system of house and can mean catastrophic problems. You need to have professionals repair, and in most cases, replace the sewer line if it’s suffering from corrosion.

How Corrosion Can Affect the Pipeline

Corrosion isn’t a single process. There are different types of corrosion that can weaken a sewer pipeline. Iron and steel pipes are the most prone to needing replacement because of corrosion. Copper is the preferred metal today. Although it is corrosion resistant, it’s not completely corrosion-proof. Here are some of the types of corrosion that can ruin a sewer line:

  • Erosion: This type of corrosion happens because of a corrosive liquid within the pipe that starts to wear away the inner lining. This is the fastest way toward a pipe starting to leak. Unfortunately, many corrosive materials found in cleaning solutions go down these pipes. (And this is one of the reasons we tell people never to use liquid drain cleaners: they can easily create corrosion in drains and the sewer line.)
  • Pitting corrosion: This is the type of corrosion that may affect copper lines. It creates what is often known as “pinhole leaks” and is hard to detect. Over time, enough pitting corrosion can create serious problems.
  • Galvanic corrosion: A reaction between two different types of metal can trigger corrosion in the less corrosion-resistant of the two.

Dealing with Corrosion

Prevention is the best way to deal with corrosion in a sewer line before it causes major problems. If your home was built before 1970, we recommend you arrange for a pipeline inspection with professionals. The plumbers will use a special video pipe inspection camera that goes into a clean-out and can stretch the entire length of the pipe. The camera at the end of the long fiber-optic cable sends back images to a monitor, where a plumber can analyze the length of the sewer line and find areas of corrosion, as well as spot any other problems.

If an older pipe is starting to corrode, a full replacement is the best solution: steel and iron pipes should be replaced with corrosion-resistant copper. For copper pipes that had pitting corrosion, the problem can sometimes be fixed with a smaller repair. Let your plumbers help you find the best solution to ensure you have a strong sewer line.

To schedule a pipeline inspection in Orlando, FL to see if your sewer line is suffering corrosion and needs to be either repaired or replaced, contact us. We offer complete drain and sewer line services throughout Central Florida.

Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has been proudly serving Central Florida since 1975.

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