A Private Drinking Water Well Is Used By Over 13 Million Households in the USA

A Private Drinking Water Well Is Used By Over 13 Million Households in the USA

Whether you live in a small community like the Village of Old Brookville, or many other municipalities, protecting private water wells from contamination is a major concern. According to the US EPA, more than 13 million households in the United States rely on wells as their primary sources of drinking water. Therefore understanding and protecting a private drinking water well can be of vital importance. There are many areas where municipal wastewater treatment facilities do not exist, these areas still include about 10% of Long Island. In these areas contaminants from improperly designed on-site sanitary systems can seep into a private drinking water well and cause health issues. The entire village of Old Brookville receives its drinking water from the Jericho Water District and New York American Water. With that said, a private water well probably still exists on a number of properties. If you own one of those properties, then the care and testing of your well should be important to you. A private well can be the solution to lower your water bill, or water your landscaping in an economical manner. The three different types of a private drinking water well While the use of a private drinking water well has been around for thousands of years, the design has changed. The earliest wells date back to 7,000 to 8,500 BC, and were wood lined. What follows are the 3 primary types of water wells typically used on private properties nowadays. No matter the type of well, water testing must be done during, after, and periodically to ensure your water is safe to consume. Dug wells: The...
Repairing A Burst Pipe Is A Useful Skill To Avoid Water Damage In Your Home

Repairing A Burst Pipe Is A Useful Skill To Avoid Water Damage In Your Home

If you live in a small town like the Village of Stewart Manor, or in bustling area like Manhattan, nobody expects to have leaky or burst pipes. Repairing a burst pipe can be a messy, unhygienic, and expensive plumbing repair. While the possibility is relatively slim, being prepared for that kind of emergency situation can prevent your house from being a total mess if it does happen. For a burst or damaged main drain line, there is not much of anything you can do to prepare for the situation. Restricting your use of water is a first step. Having the phone number of a professional and licensed plumbing company may be your best 2nd step. For much less severe leaks, there are some temporary fixes you can try while you’re waiting for the plumber to arrive. Temporarily Repairing A Pinhole Leak Let us start with a pinhole leak, which is the easiest type of damage in plumbing to deal with. Albeit a temporary repair, it can restore service and prevent damage. For leaks on drain lines, the quickest and easiest repair is to wrap duct tape around the leaking spot on the pipe. This method works well because in the case of a pinhole leak on a drain pipe, there isn’t really much water flowing out. Pinhole leaks on lead water lines can sometimes be gently tapped closed. This takes a gentle touch, skill, and only a light hammer and a screwdriver. Because lead is soft and malleable, small leaks can be temporarily sealed closed. Never touch a lead water line when a heavy leak exists. That heavy leak...
Household Plumbing Repairs Vary In Urgency: Learn Which Ones Can’t Wait

Household Plumbing Repairs Vary In Urgency: Learn Which Ones Can’t Wait

Whether you live in a relatively small community like that of  the Village of Roslyn Harbor, or large city like New York, some household plumbing repairs should not be put off. If you’ve been living in a house for a while, chances are you already own a lot of basic plumbing tools. You may be able to cope with some minors issues with the faucets, shower heads, and toilets. For example, it does not actually take a professional to plunge a toilet, install an aerator, or fit a new universal shower head. Even if you have no idea about such repairs, you can look it up online and watch instructional videos. With the right tools and basic plumbing knowledge, you should be able to get the job done in less than an hour. Bigger repair jobs, however, require professionals. If you don’t know what you’re doing, trying to a DIY approach may instead cause even more damage. Damaged plumbing can cost hundreds, if not thousands to make right. There are also some repairs that can wait, for example occasional gurgling sound or partial clogging in a single sink. Postponing certain household plumbing repairs for a day or two is fine, although it is always recommended that you are looking for a reputable plumber while waiting. 5 Household Plumbing Repairs that need Immediate Attention Some issues must be dealt with immediately; otherwise there can be some serious consequences that lead to severe problems at later date. In the event you notice the following symptoms, call a professional plumber right away to figure out the culprit causing the problem. 1. Water...
A Wastewater System Tutorial The Average Property Owner Can Understand

A Wastewater System Tutorial The Average Property Owner Can Understand

Whether you live in a small community like the Village of Old Westbury, or a large city like New York, the main objective of a wastewater system is to collect and manage sewage and waste matters generated by your community. This typically takes place in an isolated plant, where those materials will be treated and purified. Then they are discharged back to the environment without causing any harm. Without such treatment, wastewater cannot be safely discharged, will contaminate natural water sources, and cause health risks for the public. In urban areas where wastewater is generated not only in homes, but also commercial buildings including manufacturing facilities, a comprehensive wastewater treatment system is indispensable. The treatment process starts at sewer drains from individual houses and buildings. These lateral connections are each connected to a larger underground public sewage pipe system. Depending on the wastewater system treatment infrastructure, sewage and storm water runoff may run through the same or different public pipe networks. Either way, the sewage ends up in a wastewater treatment plant for further filtration and purification. At the end of the process, clean fresh water is discharged to lakes, rivers, streams, reservoirs, and other water bodies. In the treatment facility, wastewater undergoes up to three stages of purification. Primary wastewater system treatment is intended to filter out as much solid waste as possible from water through multiple screening processes. After every screening, water sits for a relatively long period of time in a pond. That allows time for a reasonable volume of sediment to settle at the bottom. Depending on the volume of water to be treated, the...
Some Useful Septic System Information For Homeowners

Some Useful Septic System Information For Homeowners

A septic system is a relatively new sewage treatment system developed as an improvement over the older cesspool model. Cesspools were prominent prior to 1973. Such systems were primarily used for homes, and buildings where no public sewer system existed. These systems consisted mainly of a drain pipe, used as a conduit, installed from the house toward a cesspool. Which is exactly the same as a typical sewer system, just not terminating at a public sewer. That is the 1st basic piece of useful septic system information. In 1973, cesspools were becoming less popular in favor of the more environmentally friendly septic system. Older cesspool models usually had only a single pit made of concrete blocks, cinder blocks, or solid concrete rings. This is where the entire natural filtration processes took place. While a septic system is a little bit more sophisticated with more components. The physical integrity of a cesspool The tank, or cesspool itself, is made of cement block, concrete, or brick construction. They can collapse over time as mortar wears away, or the structure itself deteriorates. In many cases the water in the tank itself exerts outward pressure, which holds the walls of the tank in place. An empty tank can collapse more easily than a full tank. Either way, a collapsed septic system will need replacement immediately afterwards. If you have a collapsed cesspool, and you don’t have a septic tank already installed, a completely new system must be built. Adding a leach field to an existing cesspool is not recommended; it is not even allowed in many areas.This is also vital septic system information...
A Water Pressure Booster Pump System Can Alleviate Low Water Pressure

A Water Pressure Booster Pump System Can Alleviate Low Water Pressure

Regardless of if you live in a major city like New York, or a small community such as Massapequa Park, one of the most common problems with water supply lines is low water pressure. It may take you forever to fill up a sink, or your shower head does not give that satisfying spray. The mere fact that something is wrong inside your piping system can be most troubling. That is especially true if you cannot figure out the actual culprit. If there is only one fixture with low pressure problem, then you can focus on fixing that particular fixture. But when all fixtures have the same issue, installing a water pressure booster pump can be the solution you’re looking for. The only other alternative to a pump and holding tank may be to upgrade your water supply line. That could even involve re-piping your entire home’s water piping. With that said, have a professional and licensed plumber do a diagnosis before you make a hiring decision. A brief description of a water pressure booster pump A water pressure booster pump comes in many different sizes and types. Generally speaking for a typical home, an all-in-one system is generally a good idea. As the name suggests, this type includes all the components you need to increase the water pressure from the supply line. That means you don’t need to purchase anything else separately. Typical all-in-one system has the motor, pump, flow sensor, check valve, and diaphragm in a single package. However, such a system does not normally provide the component to control how much pressure you can add. A...
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