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What to Do When There’s No Water From Your Faucets

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 25th September 2018

hand-turning-faucetHandling major plumbing problems is a big part of our job as licensed professional plumbers. Often people won’t even think about calling a plumbing pro until they’re faced with a big emergency like flooding. (This is unfortunate, since trying to take on plumbing repairs DIY is a quick route to a bigger problem!) And few plumbing issues are more likely to cause people to panic than finding no water coming from the taps.

Loss of water to a house can happen for several reasons. Some need plumbers to fix, others don’t. We’ll go through what you can do when you find your house has suddenly run dry. If you need plumbing repair in Winter Springs, FL or elsewhere in Central Florida, we’re the pros to call to get the job done!

Check the other taps in your house

A single tap failing to work may be scary, but it doesn’t mean the water has shut down throughout the house. Before doing anything else, go to other taps and turn them on to see if they’re working. If only one tap is dry in the house, you may have a problem like silt in the aerator. Check the stopcock for the individual faucet and make sure it isn’t closed.

Ask your neighbors if they’re having problems

If you haven’t visited your next-door neighbors recently, now is a great time to be friendly! Find out if they’re experiencing the same loss of water. If they are, then you’re almost certainly dealing with a municipal water supply trouble. Call the water department to see what’s wrong and how long they expect the water stoppage to continue.

See if the water main is open

We recommend all homeowners know the location of the water main shut-off valve in case of flooding in the house. Usually it’s located next to the water meter. If you don’t have any water in your home, see if the main is open or if it’s become stuck. The main may have shut if you have an emergency shut-off valve, which can trigger accidentally. Look at the control panel for the shutoff valve and find out if it’s activated. Make certain you don’t have a leak somewhere in the house before opening the valve again.

Call for professional plumbers

There’s another possibility for a home losing water, which is frozen pipes. But—come on, this is Florida. Frozen pipes are not the problem! Anyway, at this point, you’ll want to have a skilled, licensed plumber check out the issue with your fresh water supply. You may have a busted or clogged water line, and this is something you’ll want fixed as soon as possible. (A reminder: the water main from the point where it crosses under your property line is your responsibility, not the city’s.)

Our plumbers are experienced with handling repairs and replacements for water mains. They use the best tools and methods to ensure the job is done right the first time. We believe the satisfaction of our clients comes first—even at the expense of profit. We aim to create a seamless process, no matter the job we do for you.

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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.

Why Is My Residence’s Water Strain Dropping?

Posted in DIY Plumbing on 19th August 2018

dripping-faucetTurning on the water in the shower in the morning and discovering that it won’t warm up is probably one of the least welcome things that can happen with your plumbing. But coming in a close second is turning on the shower and finding that the water pressure is so low that it’s almost impossible to get clean. Thankfully, if this low pressure is only coming from a single faucet, it usually means the problem is mineral deposits in the showerhead or faucet and can be fixed easily.

But what if the water pressure drop is happening all around the house? There’s something bigger going on. Let’s take a look at might the happening and whether you need a professional plumber in Orlando, FL to restore the water pressure.

Municipal Troubles

The first possibility to consider is that the low water pressure hasn’t anything to do with your home’s plumbing but is coming from the municipal water system. Check with your neighbors to see if they are encountering the same problem. If they are, the water pressure should be restored soon. If it’s not, contact the municipal company to see when the problem will be fixed.

Pressure Regulator Failure

To maintain constant water pressure in a home’s plumbing so it doesn’t spike too high and cause damage, a pressure regulator is attached to the plumbing system. (Not all homes have this.) If the regulator fails, it can cause a rise in pressure—but it can also cause the pressure to drop. A plumber will have to replace the regulator if this is the case.

A Partially Closed Water Meter Valve

There are two valves controlling water flow into your house. The water meter valve is the one you probably deal with the least: it’s located on the street side of the water meter and is part of the municipal system. If you are having water pressure problems, this valve may have partially closed. Open it up to see if this improves water pressure.

An Automatic Shut-Off Valve Malfunction

We recommend automatic shut-off valves for homes to prevent flooding in case of massive leaks. The shut-off valve is electronically controlled, and like any mechanical device, it can malfunction, leading to a partial shut-off of the water flow into the house. Call for plumbers to check on the possibility of a problem with the automatic shut-off valve.

Aging Plumbing

This is the most serious problem, but it’s one that often occurs in older homes. Pipes that are more than 50 years old are often constructed of galvanized steel or even cast iron—and at this point they are probably filled with corrosion, limescale, and are decaying. The water line may be leaking. If the water pressure issue is something you’ve noticed building up gradually, then these out-of-date pipes are almost certainly the reason for it. We strongly advise arranging for whole-house repiping to upgrade your plumbing system with modern materials like copper and CPVC.

Our plumbers have the decades of experience and the best tools to solve whatever problems you have with your home’s water pressure.

Solve your water pressure woes: Modern Plumbing – 4Plumbers, Inc. has proudly served Central Florida since 1975.