Cast Iron Pipe Broken How To Know For Sure

Are you having constant back ups in your sewer line? Maybe your home has deteriorating cast iron piping. The first thing is to know what kind of pipe you have in your home. The best way to determine this is the age of your home. For example homes built from the late 70’s til now are usually PVC pipe. While homes built from early 70’s and older are more then like cast iron piping.Once you determine the age of your home and what type of piping you have. The next step is to call an Orlando plumber. If you are having clogs that are all the time and you are not knowing what the issue is? The best way to know is to find a plumber that can hydro jet and camera the sewer line. When cast iron ages it builds flaky scales and rusts from the inside out. This … Continued

Drain Cleaning Or Jetting

We get a lot of drain cleaning calls around this time of year. With thanksgiving just past us and Christmas a few weeks away we seem to forget the overload the extra cooking and family puts on our drains and plumbing system. Most people don’t get how there plumbing works. Plumbers are similar to doctors and your homes plumbing system much like the human body. What you put into your body affects you and your health. For example if you eat a lot of fatty foods it can affect your heart health such as clogged arteries. Well the same goes for your home if you put grease and fatty foods down your drain it is going to build up on the side walls of the pipe. Eventually causing a clog that will affect your drains. Do you have a clog? If it is just loose debris from to much toilet tissue. A … Continued

What Is Hydro Jetting And How Is It Different From Snaking?

Hydro jetting or some people call it sewer jetting is it really necessary? What are the differences between Hydro jetting and snaking? These are the questions we hear a lot from our customers.How a Snake Works.  Lets start by explaining how a snake works. With normal drain cleaning a cable or rod is ran through the sewer system until it reaches the clog. Once it reaches the clog it penetrates through the clog and frees the backed up drain. The problem with this is that with roots or grease or heavy build up it will only be partially cleared. There will be a lot of scale and debris on the sides of pipe left causing future drain clogs. Basically snaking will puncture a small hole in the clog and not really clear the whole obstruction.How Hydro Jetting Works.  When hydro jetting is done right it is very effective. Sewer jetting … Continued

Cast Iron Pipe In your Orlando FL Home? You May Qualify For Class Action Lawsuit

Is your Orlando FL home built in 1975 or earlier? If so, chances are your drain line is cast iron. We have for years known the issues cast iron pipes have and the effects it has on the home and the problems it causes for our Central Florida residents. We can count hundreds of situations where customers have had horrible back ups. This can cause sewage to seep into their homes. Here are some of the issues we have seen with cast iron pipe.Persistent back ups/clogged drains This is caused by scaling inside the pipe which slows the waste down and causes clogs. Also, chunks of the scale can break free from the pipe causing back ups.Broken pipe  We see it all the time, especially on kitchen drains. The cast iron deteriorates at the bottom of the drain and 90 degree bend and causes a clog, causing sewage to leak … Continued

Polybutylene How To Spot It And Reasons To Replace And Repipe Your Home.

Polybutylene reasons to replace and repipe your Orlando home. There are many reasons to repipe your home if it has poly piping. But, lets first give an overview of how to spot polybutylene if you own your home or are purchasing a home. Poly pipe is easily recognizable. First thing is to go to a water heater or look under a sink. Look at the water pipes, polybutylene is gray in color and is cramped together, similar to PEX with metal rings. If you see you have poly pipe, it is a good idea to think about a repipe. Here are some reasons why polybutylene should be replaced. Poly has issues with splitting or zippering. The pipe is very thin and tends to split causing plumbing leaks and water damage. Another issue is the fittings. Polybutylene was joined using two types of fittings, plastic and metal. The plastic fittings get … Continued

Commercial Plumbing In Orlando Clogged Urinal

Commercial plumbing is much different then residential plumbing in the Orlando area. One of the most common things in commercial plumbing that has issues is a clogged urinal. So a urinal only flushes liquid down the drain so how in the world does it get clogged. Well with all the low flow fixtures the water flow is very little in urinals and constant use will build up calcium from the urine. This will build up in the urinal its self and also in the pipes in the wall causing the urinal to drain slow. So what is the best process your Orlando plumber can use to unclog the urinal. There are a lot of individuals that will just dump acid in the line let it soak and flush it out. While this works sometimes it is not the best process to clean the urinal. The best way is to do … Continued

What Are Some Differences Between Commercial Plumbing And Residential Plumbing?

In commercial plumbing and residential plumbing there are many differences in Orlando Florida and one way it differs is drain cleaning. Most Orlando commercial properties whether it is a strip mall or a doctors office, there is usually a urinal or two in the men’s bathroom. Some Orlando plumbers will cheat when they get a call for a clogged urinal and dump cleaner in the urinal. This process does work sometimes but does not work or last that long. At Drain Genie Plumbing Services our plumbers will pull the urinal off the wall, take it out side and soak it in a special calcium dissolver while it is soaking. Then we  run a snake through the 2 inch urinal drain and then reset the urinal and test the plumbing fixture. This process is the best and really the only way to do drain cleaning on a urinal. It does take time but … Continued

How to Clean a Clogged Urinal

Most Orlando commercial properties whether it is a strip mall or a doctors office, there is usually a urinal or two in the men’s bathroom.When a urinal backs up it is a stinky situation and there are right and wrong ways to fix a clogged urinal. Some Orlando plumbers will cheat when they get a call for a clogged urinal and dump cleaner in the urinal. This process does work sometimes but does not work or last that long. At Drain Genie Plumbing Services our plumbers will pull the urinal off the wall, take it outside and soak it in a special calcium dissolver while it is soaking. Then we run a snake through the 2 inch urinal drain and then reset the urinal and test the plumbing fixture. This process is the best and really the only way to do drain cleaning on a urinal. It does take time … Continued

Top 4 Bathtub Installation Options

There are many reasons why you may want to replace your bathtub in your Orlando home. Some will replace a bathtub just because is looks old and they want to freshen up their bathroom. Some have to replace their bathtub because it leaks and is corroded around the drain (which is most common in steel bathtubs), this means you have to replace your tub. Some people think a bathtub installation is simple and can be done on their own but this is far from the truth and should only be done by a quaffed Orlando plumbing company in order to be installed properly. A bathtub installation requires demolition, drain line work, and sometimes water line work. It also requires special tools and knowledge in the plumbing field. Many customers that attempt this type of plumbing project often end up calling a plumber to finish the job or worse they damage … Continued

The 4 Areas of Plumbing That Experts Should Know

When you hire an Orlando plumber make sure the plumber is experienced within the field that you need the repair in. Just like a doctor your plumber needs experience and just like a doctor a plumber can specialize in one area of your plumbing.  A highly skilled plumber can do all different types of plumbing and this takes years of experience. Many people don’t realize that there are quite a few areas in plumbing so lets go over what areas an Orlando plumber can specialize in: