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...
A Grease Clogged Drain: Causes And Cures

A Grease Clogged Drain: Causes And Cures

Grease accumulation inside drain pipes is a major, yet surprisingly common plumbing problem. Dealing with a grease clogged drain can be a frustrating experience. When grease accumulates inside the drain pipe, it blocks the passage of water and leads to an overflow from the affected plumbing fixture. When a grease clogged drain occurs everything can get smelly, messy, and unhygienic in quite a hurry. Grease is perhaps the nastiest of drain issues, and the hardest to deal with. Where does grease come from? Grease, oil, and fat are common by-products of foods or cooking processes. Many other things can build an accumulation of grease inside drain pipes such as meats, food scraps, dairy products, butter, coffee grinds, rice, eggshells, many soaps, and detergents a swell. Basically anything else that comes from food or is used for cooking can be a potential cause of a grease clogged pipe. Even when you are a very cautious person, you may not notice the existence of grease in the drain pipe until overflowing happens. Likewise, you may not be aware that a certain article contains grease; such as fat based soaps. Most soaps are either animal fat of vegetable based. The problem is that grease doesn’t appear to be problematic until it overwhelms your drainage. Grease tends to build up over a prolonged period of time. Most soaps are based on animal fat, or vegetable fats. These types of soap can help to cause a grease clogged drain. Fat free soaps are readily available. Fat free soaps come in a variety of types, shapes, and sizes. Where can grease accumulate? The most easily...
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...
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