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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.

Do You Must Schedule Water Testing?

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 4th February 2018

water-testing-at-sinkYou want to have clean water in your house for drinking and cooking, as well as to prevent issues with mineral build-up that can harm plumbing and appliances. The way to find out exactly what is affecting your water is to have specialists do water testing in your house. A week after the testing, you’ll receive a complete rundown on all the impurities and contaminants in the water supply so you can choose the right water treatment system to deal with them.

How Will I Know to Schedule Water Testing?

First of all, water testing is something we recommend any home get every five years or so, even if there are no outward indications that anything’s wrong. It’s simply a good precaution to take; conditions in the municipal plumbing may have changed since the last time you had testing done.

We also recommend having testing done soon after moving into a new house to ensure that you’re getting the best quality water possible. If you receive your freshwater from a well, you need to have testing done annually, since there is a high chance of contaminants entering the water supply through groundwater.

There are a number of indications to watch for that will warn you something is polluting your home’s water supply and that it’s time to call for water testing right away:

  • Cloudy water. If you haven’t had cloudy water before and it starts to show up, it can mean trouble. The minerals creating the cloudiness may be harmless, but that’s not a chance you want to take. Plus, it just looks unpleasant.
  • Discoloration. Water should be clear and colorless—that’s just what people associate water with when they think of “pure water.” If there’s any color tint to the water, don’t drink it! This shows the possible presence of excessive iron or manganese, and may be connected to drilling operations near the water supply. You may also have rusting fresh water pipes (in which case, time for repiping).
  • Rotten egg smell. This is sulfur, and traces of it are normal in drinking water. But if the sulfur levels are high enough that it’s creating this rotten egg stink, you’ll want to find out what’s wrong, as high sulfur levels can cause intestinal problems. You don’t want water that smells this bad in your house either!
  • Chlorine smell. Chlorine is used in water treatment plants to purify water, but the process may leave high levels behind. If the smell from your home’s water is like that of a swimming pool, get the water checked out.
  • Hard water traces. Hard water is damaging to plumbing, so watch for a flaky, off-white residue on your fixtures or a film left over on glass surfaces, such as in the shower. Hard water also makes it hard to develop soap lather and causes colors to fade in the wash.

If you want to arrange for water testing in Winter Springs, FL for your house, contact our plumbers. Not only do we do water testing, we install a wide variety of water treatment systems.

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

Three out of four plumbers agree I need a water softener. But what about that fourth?

Posted in Plumbing on 25th January 2018

Moved to a new state after having lived in a pretty great water area. That water is good enough for Coors beer to use the same we water we did, but like them, we did an additional filtering because of seasonal iron problems.

I heard the water in our new desert town was very hard so expected to add one in our 14 year old house. However, when I started calling for bids, no one tested our water. I know nothing about water treatment so just assumed that it was generally known that the city well water needed to be softened.

Then came in Hero Plumber, a family firm that's as highly rated as the others we called in. Instead of the $ 6K estimate the others gave me for a new water heater and softener, he just bid on the water heater install, saying that his family didn't even install softeners, but instead referred to another plumber we already got a bid from. But, he says, my area of town doesn't need a softener and will not install the whole house filter we requested. According to Hero, we don't need that, either.

The guy is well-educated, licensed and bonded. We called city water and got a chart. I can't even guess what you need in numbers but the only thing I can see about hardness is: Total Hardness (as CaCO3) mg/L 2.0 MDL; Average 267.1, High 492, Low 72.

Iron looks OK at 0.3; pH averages 7.70 and magnesium averages 21.81 and calcium averages 113.60.

So, not needing a water softener would be great, but we've replaced stained toilets, caked sink plumbing fixtures, the dishwasher caked with what we assumed was calcium, the laundry is stiff and gray and our skin is reacting to the different water.

I guess here's my question. Are there some plumbers who don't believe in treating water because of their own philosophical or religious reasons? As much as we enjoyed our visit with this plumber, we found that he doesn't "believe in" ROP filtering but does believe that no one, human or animal can drink softened water without filtering with reverse-osmosis. And, he won't install one of those, either. We'd decided against that filter because we live in a desert but I can't figure out why he won't "allow" it as we're the home owner.

I must be missing something here. Can you see where I've lost logic about a whole house filter or a sediment filter for the water heater? If I want to go to what he might consider an extreme to get close to bottled water quality why won't he install the equipment?

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