House Sink Trap Care, Repair, And Maintenance

House Sink Trap Care, Repair, And Maintenance

Let’s start with a brief overview and explanation of a sink trap. A sink trap, or commonly referred to as p-trap or drain trap, may seem like a strange name for a plumbing fixture. But it’s name explains it’s primary function. In almost all cases, a drain or sink is associated with the free flow of wastewater inside the pipes to a larger drain line inside the house. Then eventually to the city sewer or septic tank. A sink trap, however, is designed to hold some water to prevent sewer gas smells from escaping and entering your house. It makes sense since every drain pipe in your house connects to the main sewer; it can either lead wastewater out or bring gas in. The other primary purpose is to “trap” unwanted objects from entering your drain pipes. Sometimes the location of a sink trap is in plain sight, such as directly under a bathroom or kitchen sink. Some sinks are built into a cabinet to save storage space and for aesthetic reasons. If you open the cabinet doors, you may see the curved pipe of the trap hanging out in the middle of the cabinet. All individual plumbing fixtures are required to be trapped for the above stated reasons. A Sink Trap And The Problem With Sewer Gas When water is not flowing on a regular basis inside the drain pipe, a sink trap can dry out. When it does not contain water, there is nothing to prevent sewage gas from entering your house, and this is where the sink trap comes in. Sewer gas has a strong bad...
Pipe Cleaning Facts, Information, And Tips

Pipe Cleaning Facts, Information, And Tips

Plumbing pipes are designed to do very simple things, but pipe cleaning is required on occasion. Your plumbing system is a loop that delivers fresh water from the main water supply to your house. It then conveys the wastewater to a public sewer system, or septic system. A large network of pipes comprises a typical municipality’s plumbing system. The pipes will be in a variety of different sizes, and made of different materials as well. Recognizing types of pipes used in your plumbing system is important to determine the proper cleaning method and tools to use. Drain Pipe Cleaning To prevent clogging in your plumbing pipe, please remember that the pipes are designed to contain only one material: wastewater. You should not throw away any physical object such as toilet paper, food, toys, shaving razor, or any solid material into the sink. To remove or prevent clogging, the first three basic options can be tried before having to get pipe cleaning from a professional. • Chemical drain cleaner There are many different chemical drain cleaners. Some of them contain a high concentration of sulfuric acid, while others may contain peroxide, bleach, etc. Most chemical-based cleaners generate heat inside the pipe; PVC may not withstand the heat and it will melt, or harm the integrity of the pipe joints. On the other hand, metal-based pipes such as galvanized steel and cast iron can corrode. So be careful which product you use. If you want to try a home-based chemical remedy, try vinegar and baking soda. They pose no danger whatsoever to your pipes. This is done by introducing a quantity...
A Main Sewer Clog Will Affect Your Entire Drain System

A Main Sewer Clog Will Affect Your Entire Drain System

Handling a main sewer clog first involves having some basic knowledge about your drain system. All household branch line drains meet at the main house drain. The house drain then connects to a house trap, then to the main sewer line. The main sewer line, also referred to as the house sewer, then carries the wastewater from inside the house to the city sewer. Similar to any smaller drain pipe, the main sewer line is not invulnerable to clogging due to accumulation of grease, invasion of tree roots, pipe defects, and having inappropriate objects or materials placed into it. As required by code in most municipalities, the main sewer has U-bend trap, or commonly referred to as house trap, to prevent city sewer gases and odors from entering the house. The house trap also acts to collect unsuitable objects or articles from entering into your main house sewer line. How to recognize symptoms of main sewer clog? A main sewer line can be considered the pipe that channels all wastewater from the house to city sewer, while all other drain pipes are the secondary lines. For example bathroom or kitchen sinks are considered secondary or branch line drains. If there is any clog in the secondary line, the problem will be isolated in that particular area. Meaning that a blockage in a kitchen sink will not prevent your toilet from draining properly. When the blockage happens in the main sewer line, all wastewater running through the house will not leave the property, but it will surface at the lowest point of the drainage system. That means that a main...
How to know if Your Queens Sewer Line is Clogged

How to know if Your Queens Sewer Line is Clogged

You may not be able to see a clogged sewer line, but that does not mean it will not cause a significant amount of damage inside your home. As a Queens homeowner, you already know how important your Queens sewer line is. The sewer line helps with the transportation of waste water from your home to the sewer mains that are located underground. Unfortunately, sometimes homeowners do not consider the condition of their sewer lines until they think it may be clogged or damaged. If you have a gut feeling that something is wrong with your main sewer line, you need to have it confirmed immediately so you can get it fixed as soon as possible. So what are the signs that you should look for to determine if your sewer line is clogged? Your Drain Or Toilet Is Clogged If you have water that is backed up out of your drain or your toilet, this is a bright red flag. If you hear gurgling noises coming from your drains or your toilet, this is your house’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If you drain your sink, do you hear noises coming from your toilet? These are signs that you have a problem with your sewer. If you have only one clog, then that is one thing. However, if you have multiple clogs in your home, you may have an issue with your main sewer line. The Smell of a Clogged Queens Sewer Line If you have a clog in your main line, then you will smell something that is not too pleasant. You will smell...
Sewer Repair Work Requires Careful Consideration

Sewer Repair Work Requires Careful Consideration

How do you know when to call a professional sewer repair company? There are various factors to consider. Sewer repair projects do not always involve daunting tasks like replacing pipe, installing new sewer traps, sewer backwater valves, or locating hard to find sewer leaks or defects. Some sewer problems are easy to repair, and you don’t need a professional and licensed plumber to get the job done. But just as pictured above, even some seemingly easy projects are best left only to professionals. Trying to do a sewer repair yourself may lead to further damage, and more expensive difficulties. Hiring a professional allows for a quicker and more long-lasting sewer repair. Frequently a licensed plumber will provide a money-saving solution for the long run. You may save yourself from some trouble when you consider the following potential issues. 1. A stoppage in the main sewer line Toilets that are backing up or slow flushing, and backups in the shower, are among the most common symptoms of main line issues. In most cases a skilled drain cleaner will clear the clog, avoiding a repair. However, when a sewer repair is required, it often requires specialty equipment that only professionals can operate. Renting professional tools and equipment is possible, but it will be useless if you don’t know how to operate them properly. It is not advisable to fix the main line, or do a sewer repair on your own. The skill and expertise required should not be underestimated. 2. Sewer repair or replacement Whether you like it or not, replacing sewer pipe can cause damage to your property. For example...
Thanksgiving Holiday Clog Your Brooklyn Sewer? Call Balkan Drain Cleaning

Thanksgiving Holiday Clog Your Brooklyn Sewer? Call Balkan Drain Cleaning

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to enjoy with the family, eat lots of festive food, and even watch some football. While this is good for our mind and spirit, it can wreak havoc on your Brooklyn sewer. Holidays are an important time to monitor what is going down your drains, and be aware of any changes that could be happening within your home. Gathering for a Thanksgiving meal, and a day spent with family is an American tradition. This means more people within our home, which puts extra strain on the various systems, especially the sewer. Guests increase the frequency of discharges in the sewer, which stresses the system, and can lead to clogging. The spike in waste discharge needs monitoring so that a clog does not ruin your gathering. The Thanksgiving dinner is something we all think about year-round and is often the favorite holiday meal of the year. This also leads to many sewer issues as increased levels of grease, and food particles enter the sewer system. Grease and any liquids that contain high-fat content should never be dumped down any drain or toilet. This, along with the increased usage from guests is a sure-fire way to a sewer disaster. It is also extremely important that sink drain screens be in place to catch any large particles from entering the drain. With all the family and guests over, it is almost a given that items will enter your system. Being proactive is critical so that your sewer system does not give you problems this Thanksgiving holiday. If you experience any problems with your sewer this Thanksgiving holiday,...
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