Septic Tank Cleaning: The How, When, and Why

Septic Tank Cleaning: The How, When, and Why

Whether you live in a small village like Sands Point, or in many other areas across the country, having to know about septic tank cleaning is a fact of life. In the old days, septic systems were built in the simplest ways possible. The system was comprised merely of a large masonry-lined pit, or well covered by a concrete lid. You could almost say that the conventional septic system was nothing more than a temporary container of wastewater and sewage. Some old tanks made from cinder blocks were not particularly structurally sound. In some cases, as the tank got older, the pressure of the waste water inside the tank, prevented the pressure of the ground outside the tank from collapsing the tank itself. The basics of How a Septic Tank Works All plumbing fixtures are connected to the septic tank through one main house drain pipe. Once inside the well, anaerobic bacteria feed on the sewage. This was where the initial process of filtration and purification took place. The pit also had a number of small openings at the upper part of the walls for relatively clean water to seep out. This relatively clean wastewater then seeps out. It enters into the surrounding ground for further natural treatment. The modern version of a septic tank is a little bit more sophisticated, although everything still pretty much relies on natural filtration by bacteria. It still consists of a pit, but wastewater does not directly seep out to the ground from it. Inside the tank, wastewater forms three layers: solid waste at the bottom, scum at the top and relatively clean...
5 Home Renovation Mistakes That Can Damage Your Drains

5 Home Renovation Mistakes That Can Damage Your Drains

Renovating your home is a great way to give it a fresh look and increase your property value. But you’ll need to make sure that the renovations you do don’t interfere with your property’s infrastructure. That includes protecting your plumbing system. Home renovations can damage your drains. Neglecting to take your drains into account during your renovation project could end up creating costly problems later on. The Balkan Sewer and Water Main Service team have fixed drain issues caused by renovation projects many times in the past. Here are five of the most common issues we’ve encountered so you can avoid them in your remodeling project. 1. Improperly Dumping Materials Will Damage Your Drains There is a lot of debris that comes with a home renovation project. All that trash has to go somewhere, but that place shouldn’t be your drains. Don’t get rid of small debris like sawdust, nails, or bits of drywall by flushing them in the toilet, or sweeping them into your floor drains. You should also cover your drains to ensure debris doesn’t accidentally fall into them, either. These items can damage your pipes and cause major (and expensive) blockages in your plumbing system. The worst item to place in a drain is concrete. Concrete will harden even under water. That means that wet concrete will harden rock solid in your drains, and your plumbing traps as well. Concrete causes irreparable damage your drains, that will result in drain replacement work. 2. Fixtures that Don’t Match Your Drain Size Bathroom remodels are some of the most popular renovations done on homes. That’s with good reason....
Chemical Drain Cleaners: A Handy Yet Worrisome Drain Clog Solution

Chemical Drain Cleaners: A Handy Yet Worrisome Drain Clog Solution

Anytime you see your kitchen sink is draining water very slowly, or that water floods the bathroom, you surely know that action is required. One of the first things that comes you your mind is probably that there is an obstruction in the drain pipe. You probably don’t have the tools or skill to address the problem. Therefore,  you rush to the nearest hardware store and purchase some chemical drain cleaners as a solution. Chemical drain cleaners are affordable and easy to use, so it looks like you can get the job done without even physically touching the drain pipe at the end of the day. In reality, however, drain cleaners composed of chemicals are more problematic that they may appear to be. How Chemical Drain Cleaners work: Drain cleaning products are available in many different forms. Some examples are liquid, solid (stick), beads, powder, gel, or foam. All of these different forms all still work with more or less the same method. Once poured into a sink or drain, the cleaners produce chemical reactions with the clog (or debris) itself that is obstructing the flow of water. This chemical reaction generates heat that works to disintegrate accumulation of the debris inside the pipe. When this reaction occurs, the clog is broken down into smaller pieces. These smaller pieces are easier for water to push through. This reaction only happens because most drain cleaners are made of strong chemicals. Examples of these chemicals are peroxide, lye, bleach, nitrate, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, or caustic potash.   High toxicity levels Unfortunately the aforementioned chemicals are also toxic. Inhalation of a...
Schedule When to Clean The Drain Before It Reminds You, and It’s Too Late!

Schedule When to Clean The Drain Before It Reminds You, and It’s Too Late!

Whether you live in a small community like the Village Westbury, or in a big city like New York,  it’s good to know how often you should clean the drain lines in your property. If you are like many, if not most homeowners, chances are you take care of regular household duties. These may include periodic maintenance of air conditioning, mowing your lawn, and cleaning the gutters before winter. Getting your plumbing installations checked, particularly sewer cleaning, however is often an overlooked part of these tasks. Checking your plumbing should be on your “to do” list. If it isn’t, a lot of bad things can happen from clogged or damaged sewer lines. A toilet overflow and groundwater contamination are not pleasant to deal with. When damage happens to your main drain pipe, repairs can cost thousands of dollars. Many times you can avoid these costs by doing a little maintenance once in three years or so. If you clean the drain lines in set intervals, it is a relatively small price to pay for peace of mind. How often to clean the drain lines in Your proeprty Similar to just about every other cleaning-job in the house, scheduling set intervals is a sensible answer. Sewer cleaning is typically done on an “as-needed” basis, or simply when there are symptoms of issues. How often you clean your drain lines depends on a few factors: If you have recurring clogs at relatively set intervals The size of your house or property is usually NOT a factor The type of waste being flushed down your drains (fat, oil, grease are not your...
Why You Should Fix Running Toilets In Mineola, Nassau County & Anywhere in NYC

Why You Should Fix Running Toilets In Mineola, Nassau County & Anywhere in NYC

Whether you live in the Village of Mineola, Nassau County, or anywhere in New York, you should fix running toilets sooner, not later. Problems with running toilets costs you more than you may imagine. A modern flush toilet is designed to be convenient, and more importantly hygienic. Many models have a lot of parts working together that create a proper flushing mechanism. This keeps the fixture itself clean and free from bacteria. The design of a flush toilet has not changed much since the late 19th century. This means you may encounter the same problem that your great grandparents did a long time ago: running toilets. You may have a running toilet if each flush does not end with the usual gurgle and quietness. If instead you get a hissing sound, with water keeps running into the bowl – that is running toilet. While the toilet can still flush without issues, the problem will become a major annoyance. When you and your family are lying in bed at night, you’ll hear that constant sound of running water throughout your home. Besides your annoyance, it will lead to you getting an unusually high water bill. That in itself is a great reason to fix running toilets in your home. Even if a running toilet is not leaking excessively, you will waste about 6,000 gallons of water per month. That equals about 72,000 gallons of water a year, or almost 200 gallons a day. This same average size leak will cost you around $70 per month, or almost $1,000 per year on your water bill. Fixing running toilets, even if you...
Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Precautions For Williston Park and Nassau County Residents

Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Precautions For Williston Park and Nassau County Residents

Whether you live in the Village of Williston Park, or anywhere in Nassau County, knowing some drain cleaning precautions can be helpful. Similar to most areas in Nassau County, the Incorporated Village of Williston Park also has its own set of regulations regarding plumbing in general, and sewer work in particular. Every plumber must comply with the rules as detailed in the Village Code. They must also hold a Master Plumber License issued by the Board of Public Safety, or other governing/licensing authorities the Village approves of.  Needless to say, all work must be in compliance with the code, or otherwise is regarded as unlawful. Know your limitations and your Village requirements Chances are you would not install your entire plumbing on your own. However, you may be tempted to try fixing some minor damage, or do some drain cleaning yourself. As long as you don’t alter piping layout, redirect water flow to another location, and use dangerous chemicals, you should be fine. Another thing to remember is that some plumbing work may be well beyond the limitation of your skills, knowledge, and experience. For example it takes a highly experienced technician to do the drain cleaning, even though no license is required. The job can also involve sewer line inspections using a specialized camera wired to a screen. Drain cleaning can also involve commercial-grade power washers to get the actual cleaning process done.All of these tools warrants drain cleaning precautions to avoid injury, and a job well done. In case damage is found, there can be some excavation and restoration of work area as well. Things you CAN,...
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