Common Yard Drainage Problems And Solutions For Property Owners

Common Yard Drainage Problems And Solutions For Property Owners

Yard drainage is probably the most overlooked component of your plumbing system. In a landscaped yard, paved area, or swimming pool area, poor drainage can present a whole range of issues if you are a property owner. Poor yard drainage makes for the risk of creating a breeding ground for insects, and foul stagnant water, both of which present health issues for you and your family.  Additional points of concern include ruined plants, shrubbery, and potential trip and falls. In many instances homeowners, such as yourself, tend to ignore such conditions until water drainage problems have become severe. Severe drainage issues can result in you and your family slogging around in bacteria and insect infested tainted water. Your front and back yards should not become similar to a jungle habitat. Some of the most common yard drainage problems 1. Clogged Yard Drains and Area Drains Many things can clog yard drains. Because many yard drains are located near a grass area,  the usual suspects are leaves, twigs, grass cuttings, and trash. You can see a small portion of yard drain from the grate and see if an accumulation of debris or sediment is obstructing the water flow. This cure can be as simple as opening the grate when necessary and removing these items lying in the base of the drain. You can use a garden scoop, or simply put on a rubber glove and use your hand. It is not advisable to flush them with a garden hose, as these items tend to clog the pipe itself. If there is a long-standing problem that has made its way into...
Sewer Cleanout Cap Locations, Types, And Proper Removal

Sewer Cleanout Cap Locations, Types, And Proper Removal

Understanding the purpose of a sewer cleanout cap is helpful. But understanding how to locate the proper  sewer cleanout, and remove the cap, is very important as well. There are basically two major components of house drain system. The main house drain, and the house sewer itself. The former is also commonly referred to as “sewer line” and it connects to the latter through a horizontal drain line typically located under the basement floor of a house. A house sewer is the outdoor portion of plumbing system, and it connects to either a municipal sewer or septic system. Between the main drain and house sewer or septic system, there should be a “cleanout” located close to the outside perimeter of the basement of the house. The main purpose is to provide easy access in case of clogging, both inside and outside the house. In most areas, including NYC, it would be a double vent house trap. Common Location of a Sewer Cleanout Cap The exact location of a sewer cleanout cap can be different from house to house, and in fact there are usually multiple cleanouts located inside the house. Not all plumbing systems are installed according to building codes, and codes vary from municipality to municipality. Under less-than-ideal circumstances, the cap is probably not visible due to accumulation of dirt on top of it, so you may need to do a little digging to see it. In other cases it may have had obstructions built over it. Sometimes interior walls, closets, or other items are placed over a cleanout preventing access. A sewer cleanout cap is usually installed...
What to Do If You Smell Sewer Gas From Your Queens Sewer

What to Do If You Smell Sewer Gas From Your Queens Sewer

Sewer gas smells are distinctive, not to mention highly unpleasant and dangerous. The compound that causes sewer gas smell is hydrogen sulfide, which is produced when organic materials break down and start to rot. It’s usually present in tiny amounts in your home but goes unnoticed when the plumbing system is working properly because Queens sewer gases are vented out through the roof or contained by traps in your sewer pipes. Some sewer gas smells are easily fixed by a plumber, whereas others necessitate investigation by a Queens sewer professional. No matter what the cause, don’t wait to diagnose the problem as whatever is causing it is only bound to get worse. Hydrogen sulfide is a heavy gas, thus, the rotten egg smell that it produces will most often be strongest in the lowest level of your home. that is typically in the basement, or where a floor drain is located. Other times it can occur near toilets or sinks. Sewer gas problems are commonly caused by: A dried out water seal in a floor drain or trap Broken or cracked seals around toilets allowing water to siphon out or traps and permitting sewer gases to enter your home Rotted wood near toilets causing the same problem Dry house trap, or P trap, under a sink, shower/tub or floor drain Lack of sufficient drains or venting A plumber can usually easily remedy all of the above problems. Yet as sewer pipes age, much more serious problems can occur. Especially if you have cast iron sewer pipes, sewer gases can travel into your home through cracks in those pipes. Older...
A Frozen Sewer Line Or Drain Trap Can Be Prevented Or Cured

A Frozen Sewer Line Or Drain Trap Can Be Prevented Or Cured

A frozen sewer line, or a sewer trap is not typically a common occurrence. But when it does occur, it can close down a drain system and cause a lot of inconvenience. We all know that when water freezes, it expands in volume. This is the reason why a frozen can of soda explodes when exposed to cold temperature for a little while. The same thing happens with a sewer line or a sewer trap. When water freezes in the pipe, it expands and either causes damage to your plumbing system, or a stoppage. Similar to a can if soda, the actual burst does not happen at the point where the water starts to freeze, but at the weakest point inside the drain system. For instance, if a trap freezes the trap plugs may blow out. Pressure builds as the ice moves along inside a pipe. It continues to find a way to escape. If there is no way out, it will create its own by bursting through pipe walls. There are typically three basic situations that would make a frozen sewer line possible: Poor pipe installation, and a lack of insulation. A sudden drop in temperature, and no water flow in an exposed drain pipe. Improper thermostat setting – insufficient heat inside a building. Copper and plastic pipes are susceptible to freezing when exposed to temperatures any lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit. In an area where a warm climate is the norm, a frozen sewer line is an inevitable risk when cold temperature strikes. That is because the pipes are commonly located in an unprotected or non-insulated open...
Unclog Your Queens Sewer Drains During Spring Cleaning

Unclog Your Queens Sewer Drains During Spring Cleaning

Spring will be here soon, and do you know what that means for many people? Spring cleaning. Homeowners will start getting prepared for some of their home maintenance projects. Making sure your Queens sewer system is still working efficiently is critical because that is the best way to help prevent floods and damage. Cleaning your drain is important because you will help prevent clogging for the spring season. If you make drain cleaning a habit every spring, you will not have to worry about those annoying clogs. Remember, Spring also brings flash storms that can tax and inundate a poorly running drain system. How can you clean your drains? One of the ways you can clean your drains is by cleaning out all of your drain grates. If you see anything like food or debris in your grates, you should remove the items.  Debris in your drain grates can cause several problems. When you think you have cleaned your drain grates as best you can, run your water for a while to flush any debris you missed into the public Queens sewer system. The same should be done with your area drains, and roof leader line outlets. If you notice the problems are still there after you have cleaned your drain grates, you can use household products that can unclog drains. When you are looking for household products to unclog your drains, you will find the best combination is vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar and baking soda can often remove organic material that is clogging and blocking your drains. You always want to avoid waiting until your drain is...
How Often Should I Have my Brooklyn Sewer Inspected and Cleaned?

How Often Should I Have my Brooklyn Sewer Inspected and Cleaned?

Because your Brooklyn sewer is located underground and out of sight, it is easy to forget that this essential part of your home needs maintenance from time to time. Although many areas of New York City have aging infrastructure that dates back to the late 1800’s, there is no hard and fast rule on how often you should have us do the job. Most homeowners schedule inspections and cleanings on an as-needed basis. Some situations, however, call for you to be proactive concerning your sewer lines. If you have lived in your home for a long time and you know that the sewer line is more than 40 years old, an inspection is a good idea as it can point out potential problem spots that could turn into big problems if let go. Most lines of this age also benefit from cleaning, even if problems have not occurred as normal usage can lead to clogs over the years. Another instance where getting a sewer inspection is warranted is when you are buying a property. Standard inspections do not cover sewer or septic lines. Having one done before contracting for services can help you make an educated buying decision, get leverage for a price reduction and budget for necessary repairs. Fortunately, your sewers will begin to give you telltale signs that they need attention before major problems such as sewage backups occur. Three factors typically cause problems in sewer lines: tree roots, bellied or sagging pipes and grease build-up. Tree roots trap other debris to cause clogs while grease dumped down a drain congeals to form clogs of its own...
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