Looks can be deceiving!

As a homeowner, you may look at these photos and not see any obvious issues with the two separate bathrooms pictured. But! If you look a little closer you may see discoloration creeping down the baseboards along the floor, or paint beginning to bubble on the walls. These are both signs of water damage. As a vigilant homeowner, you may have caught these signs early and decided to remedy the situation yourself. You think you have solved the problem with a shiny new coat of paint or adding some caulking to the baseboards. Unfortunately, those attempts are probably only a cover up to a larger problem. Water damage from a water leak or intrusion from behind a wall in the bathroom can cause major damage that is not detectable to the naked eye!  These pictures show the beginning of our investigation into these homeowner’s water damaged bathrooms.  Just wait and see what our experts and high-tech equipment actually found deep into our investigation. Stay tuned!

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BEFORE DEMO: GOLD BATHROOM: Tub enclosure shown with nice tile (scroll down for the after demo photos)
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BEFORE DEMO: GRAY BATHROOM: Shower enclosure and bathroom looking new (scroll down for the after demo photos)
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BEFORE DEMO: GOLD BATHROOM: Shower glass enclosure looking shiny and new (scroll down for the after demo photos)
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Fixture for light shown with drywall removed (notice the water damage on the plywood)
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A worker working on the gray bathroom pictured above. He is removing some of the wall to expose water damage.
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Shower framing exposed from the golden bathroom pictured above showing a massive amount of rot and water damage on all of the sub-floor and wall framing.
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Tub framing exposed from the golden bathroom pictured above showing a massive amount of rot and water damage on all of the sub-floor and wall framing.
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More drywall being removed from water damage on the gray bathroom. Notice the mold and mildew (dark discoloration)
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A shot of the drywall removed from the bathroom wall on the gray bathroom.

Root Intrusion in Toilet

This can really happen in your bathroom!! Pictured below is a root that had grown under a local home’s toilet flange causing the toilet to have a very weak flush. The homeowner called Choice Plumbing and when we arrived we pulled the toilet, cut away the roots and treated them so they won’t grow back. Then we reset the toilet with a new wax ring and grout. The third photo is the same issue occurring in another home! Please call us if you are experiencing a weak flush in your toilet, it may be a root intrusion!

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Choice Plumbing is one of Orlando’s most trusted plumbers. We are a licensed plumbing contractor in Orlando, Florida. Call for an Orlando Plumber: 407-422-7443

Local Water Leak Damage Repair

Choice Services was recently called by a local homeowner about major damage they suffered in their home from a water leak. When we arrived at the home we discovered that the wood floors in the hallway were ruined from a large water leak! We were able to remove the damaged wood in the hallway and replace the section to match the living room and dining room floors.
Another happy Choice Services customer!!

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Contact Choice Services if you have any issues in your home or business with water leaks or water damage.  We will be there to fix the problem and repair any damage you may have suffered! Call today!

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Choice Services Restoration Project

Our company, Choice Services, just began a major restoration project for a local Popeye’s restaurant that had some extensive water leak damage.  Pictured here are some of our awesome employees doing their great work.  They are removing the mop sink and the damaged drywall and wood behind the wall.  You can see the damage the water leak caused in the photos.

This project will take place in a number of steps and over several weeks. Stay tuned for pictures of installing the new drywall, FRP board and the new mop sink.  Choice Services will also be replacing tiles and walls and finding and replacing leaks throughout the store.  Keep checking back for the exciting “AFTER” photos!

Choice Services is your all-in-one specialty contractor! We services any home or office and have a wide array of services. 

Choice Services knows the extensive damage that water can cause when it arrives in areas of your home or office that it should not appear. We take water damage seriously and work diligently to restore any damage you may have experienced.

When your home or business is affected by water damage, assessing and remediating the damage is the highest priority for Choice Services. We can help owners categorize the water loss based on the length of time the water has affected the structure. We then map out a drying plan in order to remediate and restore the structure to its original state.

The Choice Services team extracts as much water as possible, as this expedites the drying process and lessens the amount of drying equipment needed to complete the dry-out. The proper way to dry a structure is by extraction and evaporation with dehumidifiers. Choice uses the latest in drying equipment technology and all of our technicians are trained to meet and exceed the industry standards.

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Copper Pipe Leaks

Copper pipes are historically the most popular material used in residential plumbing systems throughout the last hundred years. Copper pipes began to replace lead pipes in residential plumbing during the 1930’s. Up until the 1970’s, most plumbing was copper pipe. During the last few decades, cheaper plastic plumbing has been replacing copper as a less expensive alternative.

Copper has long been considered one of the best choices for plumbing systems. In fact, ancient Egyptians used copper pipes in their drainage systems. Unearthed in a 4,500 year old pyramid, the copper pipe system was still standing even though the temples were in very poor condition. Copper is considered by many homeowners and plumbing experts to be the best material for plumbing systems. Nearly 85% of American homes have copper in the piping systems. Copper became so popular in the 19th century because of its many advantages over other piping materials. Copper plumbing can easily outlast the life of your home. In fact, copper pipes lifespan is at least 50 years. Copper is impermeable and biostatic. No contaminants can penetrate it, and it actually inhibits the growth of bacteria! Besides being a natural material, it is also environmentally friendly. It can handle extreme conditions, surviving repeated freeze-thaw cycles. It is rigid and won’t sag over long runs. It can withstand 1,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. Copper also won’t crack or crumble with age. Copper pipes also won’t burn in a house fire or give off toxic fumes. In fact, copper plumbing is frequently the only thing left standing after a devastating house fire.

Since copper systems usually require little to no maintenance, the overall price of a copper plumbing system is about the same as other systems when factoring in after-installation repairs. Although very reliable, copper can require occasional repairs. Choice Plumbing is fully trained to repair copper plumbing. Pinhole leaks can form in copper pipes after time has gone by. Although not fully understood, factors that can cause pinholes in copper can include changes in water chemistry. Also, areas with acidic water supply can develop bitter-tasting water and pinhole leaks. The step before a pinhole forms is known as pitting (or corrosion). This can also be caused by changes in water chemistry. Choice Plumbing can repair these pinhole leaks. We can also recommend options to the homeowner to prevent future copper pipe leaks.

Choice Plumbing Orlando is available 24/7 for your copper pipe leak needs. Call us today so we can evaluate your plumbing problem and get it fixed as soon as possible! 407-422-7443

Polybutylene Pipe Repair Services in Orlando

Polybutylene is a form of plastic resin that was used extensively in the manufacture of water supply piping from 1978 until 1995. Polybutylene piping was viewed as the “pipe of the future” by many and began being used as a substitute for traditional copper piping. It was deemed a worthy alternative because of the low cost of the materials and the ease of installation.

These pipes were heavily used during the construction boom in the “Sun Belt” during the 1980’s through the mid ’90’s. Which means many homes in and around the Orlando area were constructed with polybutylene plumbing systems. In fact, it is estimated that between 6-10 million homes have polybutylene pipes installed. These pipes were used as underground water mains and also as water distribution pipes for interiors.

The issue with the polybutylene piping is that it may react with the oxidants that occur in the public water supply, such as chlorine. These reactions cause scale and flaking and brittleness of the pipes. This causes micro-fractures in the pipes, which lessens the overall integrity of the plumbing system. The weakened pipes may fail without warning, causing major damage to your property. Many lawsuits were filed against the manufacturers during the 1980’s complaining of defects in the manufacturing and installation, which in turn caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Polybutylene pipes are usually blue, but may also be black or blue. If you are concerned that your residential plumbing includes polybutylene piping, please call Choice Plumbing Orlando. We may recommend a repiping of your home using one of our cost effective methods. Another option may be to make small repairs to sections of the pipe and convert areas to other pipe materials. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us now! (407) 422-7443

Water Main Breaks

Did you know that there are over 850 water main breaks EVERY DAY around North America?  This leads to repair costs totaling over $3 BILLION!  The major causes for water main breaks are corrosion, leaks and breaks in the decades-old technology.  In case you did not know, a water main is the pipe that connects your home to the public water supply.

Water mains are the pipes that carry out the public’s water delivery and sewage treatment systems.  Obviously, these systems are critical to the wellbeing of the environment and general public health.  Besides these threats, broken water mains also disrupt traffic, deplete the water supply, tie-up emergency equipment and cause lost work time.  This worrying epidemic is caused mainly by the materials that were used in the beginnings of America’s underground pipe networks a hundred years ago.  Usually, cast iron was used to construct these water and sewage pipes.  Later, ductile iron replaced many cast iron pipes.  Now, many years later, these materials have been ravaged by time.  Water main breaks can also occur when we experience overly dry or wet weather conditions.  These extreme changes in weather can cause the ground to shift which can result in a break around the diameter of the pipe.

Most homeowners may experience broken water mains only once in their lifetime.  While a rare occurrence, water main breaks are a stressful occasion and require the knowledge and expertise of a licensed plumber.  Signs of a water main break in or around your home include the observation of a stream of water on your property or in the roadway, rumbling or hissing coming from the water main point of entry into the home, or a loss of water pressure in the home.  These symptoms may also be an indication of other plumbing issues, so of course it is best to call Choice Plumbing so we can confirm the source of the issue.

Unfortunately, water main breaks and other plumbing emergencies rarely like to follow a homeowner’s schedule.  That is why Choice Plumbing is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  So no matter if your water main decides to break at 3 am on a Wednesday night, or 6 pm in the middle of Sunday dinner, we will be there to help!

Looking for an Orlando Plumber?

A Plumbing Orlando expert can help homeowners deal with the specific plumbing problems that may plague Florida homes.  While Florida is a vacationer’s paradise, those who take up a more permanent residence in the state may begin to experience the special issues the state can inflict on plumbing systems.

Florida’s unique weather and ecosystems can cause distinct problems to plumbing.  Hurricanes, severe thunderstorms and sinkholes can all affect plumbing systems.  With its over one thousand miles of coastline, Florida’s salty ocean water and beach sand can make its way into plumbing pipes.  The minerals from these substances can cause scaling.  Scaling occurs when these minerals build up inside pipes and decrease its diameter.  In turn, this causes backed-up drains, low water pressure, and leaks.  Pipe blockages due to scaling should be handled by an expert plumber like Choice Plumbing.  Removing scale blockages requires a specialized machine.  Sections of the pipe may need to be removed to be cleaned.  If the pipe is entirely blocked by scale, it may need to be replaced.

Plumbing Orlando is much like plumbing in other parts of Florida.  Orlando will face many of the same issues as cities and towns across the state.  An experienced Florida plumber is especially setup to deal with the specialized needs of local homeowners.  Choice Plumbing is the number one choice that citizens select for a plumbing Orlando expert.  Why? Because Choice Plumbing is specifically suited to handle Florida’s unique plumbing issues.  We are a family owned, licensed, local plumber that has built trust and loyalty within the community throughout the years we’ve been operating.