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5 Plumbing Repairs Each House owner Ought to Know

Posted in Plumbing on 24th July 2018

Owning a home is a great pleasure, until your plumbing packs up. Major plumbing issues, such as broken sewer lines should be handled by the pros. But thankfully, there are some DIY fixes that you can easily apply to minor plumbing problems. In this post, we look at the top five problems that you can easily repair by yourself without special skills or tools.

1. Unclog a drain

Clogged drains are one of the most common plumbing issues in a home. Being aware of the causes of clogged drains is the first step to avoiding them, which means you will have to do fewer fixes. When your drains become clogged, you can use any of the fixes on our blog to clear it. However, frequent clogs are indicative of a bigger issue, which will require professional intervention.

2. Stop toilet tank sweating

If you see puddles on the floor around the toilet tank after a hot bath or shower, it will usually be caused by condensation. Cold water in the toilet tank, combined with the heat and humidity in the bathroom will usually be the cause. It can be a pesky problems, as it will require that you mop after every shower, or deal with the issues that can stem from wet floors.

But there’s a solution: an anti-condensation tank liner, which costs les than $ 20 at your nearest plumbing supplier or DIY store.

After draining the tank and letting it dry, you simply need to cut it to size and secure it in place inside the tank. Problem solved!

3. Solve low water pressure

Low pressure in a single faucet or shower head can usually be fixed by unscrewing the water-saving filter or small screen at the end of the spigot. Clean out any debris inside the filter and reattach it. Your water pressure should be restored.

However, if all your faucets have low pressure, you may have to call your municipality to find out if there’s a problem in the area or with the line that supplies your home.

4. Stop a running toilet

If your toilet runs after it has filled up following a flush, it could be because the water level is too high or the rubber flapper is worn out.

Adjust the water level by sliding the rod or turning the adjustment screw in order to lower the float in the tank.

If the flapper needs to be replaced, first turn off the shutoff valve, and then flush the toilet to empty the tank. Remove the flapper and the flapper chain and install the new part before turning the water back on.

5. Perform a plumbing maintenance

A great part of preventing plumbing issues is through regular maintenance. Proper winterization helps protect your plumbing system during the cold months, and flushing your hot water heater and radiators are all important for keeping your appliances in great working order. Be sure to read our blog to learn all these essential plumbing skills for homeowners.

Need help with your plumbing? Get in touch with Anta Plumbing for fast, professional service.

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.

Help!!! Our furnace is pouring water out of this pipe anytime the furnace is on. Anyone know why??

Posted in Plumbing on 26th January 2018
Help!!! Our furnace is pouring water out of this pipe anytime the furnace is on. Anyone know why?? /u/FrannnyGlass