Pressure Relief Valve Tutorial For South Floral Park & Nassau County Homeowners

Pressure Relief Valve Tutorial For South Floral Park & Nassau County Homeowners

If you reside in the Village of South Floral Park, Nassau County, or NYC in general, it’s good to know about common household plumbing problems. Plumbing repairs can get expensive, so common knowledge can save you some money. Knowing about your temperature and pressure relief valve in your water heater tank is one of those items. What follows is another in a series of helpful tutorials from the Balkan Drain Team. Learn about the Pressure Relief Valve on Your Hot Water Heater Every water heater must be equipped with a Temperature and Pressure Relief (TPR) valve. This is an important safety component that should not be removed or disabled. You can easily check whether your water heater is safe to use or not. Simply open the valve once in every six months or so. Testing it more frequently is not always better, as you can damage the valve by overuse instead. To remove sediment and corrosion build-up in the tank, you must drain a quantity of water from inside the tank every year. While you are at it, you might as well check the anode rod and heating elements to see if any of them needs replacement. These are relatively easy tasks, just read through the manufacturers manual, or check online. The pressure relief valve is a safety fixture As the name suggests, TPR valve keeps the temperature and pressure inside the water tank within the safety limit. Most (if not all) water heaters operate safely at around 120-degrees Fahrenheit (as recommended by the Department of Energy). However, if you have never adjusted the temperature on the water heater,...
Plumbing Works To Avoid For Village of Hewlett Harbor & Nassau County Residents

Plumbing Works To Avoid For Village of Hewlett Harbor & Nassau County Residents

Hewlett Harbor is not a large village by any stretch. Its total area is less than a square mile (0.8 sq mi) with about 11% of that being water. The total population is around 1,247 people, with most of working professionals specialized in management, legal, financial, and healthcare industry. At the end of the professional spectrum, cleaning and maintenance business (which may include the plumbing industry) only has 0.8% of all jobs in the village. Therefore, it is fair to say there is long list of plumbing works you should avoid if you happen to reside in the village. The same probably holds true if you reside anywhere in Nassau County. For a place this small, but with relatively high population density, proper plumbing is important to keep the environment clean and healthy for the community. Given the very small percentage of professionals specializing in the trade, you can almost safely assume that many residents practice DIY plumbing to some extent. A DIY approach is good in certain cases, but frequently plumbing works requires a professional. When Plumbing Works Requires a Pro The following major plumbing works are best left to professionals. A determined DIY person may insist on trying these tasks themselves, but it is not advisable. Pipe Blockage In Your Drain System: Clogs, either in your main sewer line or fixture drain pipe, are not uncommon in both residential and commercial buildings. These issues are often caused by sediment build-up, non-flushable items, or tree roots. While nobody says you cannot try to repair the problem on your own, you also need to understand that dislodging stubborn clogs...
DWV Pipes Ensure Quality of Life For Homeowners in New Hyde Park and Nassau County

DWV Pipes Ensure Quality of Life For Homeowners in New Hyde Park and Nassau County

If you own a home in the Village of New Hyde Park, or Nassau County, why not learn a little bit about your DWV pipes (Drain-Waste-Vent System). It could always come in handy. This is another in a series of helpful articles from the Balkan Drain Team, your local drain and sewer experts. Your plumbing installation is comprised of a network of interconnected pipes that serve two major purposes. One is for the supply line connected to a public reservoir, water tank, or water tower to bring water into your home. Another system of pipes is dedicated for removal of waste water. It is eventually connected to a wastewater treatment facility or your septic tank. Your network of pipes that carries wastewater is usually identified as DWV pipes, or Drain-Waste-Vent lines. The three categories of DWV pipes Drain pipes collect water from showers, bathtubs, home appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures Waste pipes collect both wastewater and sewage from toilets Vent pipes act as exhaust and an inlet system to allow both gases to escape, and air to enter both drain and waste pipes. A vent prevents vacuum, so water and sewage can flow freely All three different types are connected to your main drain line. Your main house drain carries sewage and wastewater to your  septic tank, or a public treatment facility. Surprisingly, many homes in Nassau County still have private septic systems. Between your vent line and every drain pipe connected to a water fixture, there should be a p-trap in between. This trap has a downward curve shape to store stagnant clean water. This prevents toxic...
Village Of Lawrence Residents Get Tips About Your Electric Hot Water Heater

Village Of Lawrence Residents Get Tips About Your Electric Hot Water Heater

For our friends in the Village of Lawrence, let us show you how to troubleshoot common Electric hot water heater issues.  The conventional water heater with a tank may not be as sophisticated as the tankless on-demand models. Nonetheless, there is no denying that they is still very popular. Whether the tank is powered by gas or electric, the basic mechanisms of both are largely similar. In an electric hot water heater model, the heating elements at the upper and lower parts of the tank are powered by electricity. On the other hand, a gas water heater has burners that heat up water from below the tank. Even the conventional water heater, when properly and regularly maintained, can stay functional for a decade and maybe longer. During its lifespan, it is not uncommon for a water heater to suffer from some common issues as follows. Problem 1: No Hot Water at All A water heater that cannot produce hot water is useless. However, it does not always mean that you must replace the unit entirely. That is because sometimes the real culprit is much simpler than you think. The first thing to check is if the water heater has tripped its circuit breaker in the service panel. If the circuit breaker has been tripped indeed, reset the breaker. The water heater may come back to life once the breaker is turned on, but the “tripping” is never a good sign. There is a real chance that the breaker will trip again. DO NOT keep flipping it back on as this may overheat the wiring, wear out the breaker, and...
Prevent Household Plumbing Problems In Lynbrook And All Of Long Island

Prevent Household Plumbing Problems In Lynbrook And All Of Long Island

Many household plumbing problems can be prevented, or easily solved. What follows is some useful information for our neighbors in the Village of Lynbrook, and the rest of Nassau County as well. For starter, and in contrast to what you and many homeowners believe, a reputable knowledgeable plumber is more than willing to teach you about taking care of your plumbing. Information sharing with a professional can help you prevent major household plumbing problems every now and then. It is true that plumbers have their own secrets of trade. However, more than that they are simply skillful individuals, with real experience in dealing with plumbing problems. They can diagnose the problems, determine the culprits, and use the right methods to restore order. There are not-so-secret tips, or basic suggestions, that every homeowner should be aware of to prevent plumbing disasters. How to keep your pipes intact Your plumbing installation is comprised of a network of pipes. If you protect your pipes well, you extend their lifespan and avoid rookie mistakes to begin with. Well maintained pipes are less prone to leaking, so start by paying more attention. It help to reinforce various spots where leaks tend to happen most of the time: Pipe joints (must be supported properly) Pipes exposed to weather conditions (including outside drafts) Household appliance drain connections (dish washers, clothes washers, kitchen ice maker, etc.) Outside hose connections (winterize) Outside area drains (clean off the grating periodically) Check if every connection is tight and sealed. Keep the area under the joint clean and dry all the time; this way, drops of water should be more easily...
When do You need a Village Of Hempstead Plumbing Permit?

When do You need a Village Of Hempstead Plumbing Permit?

If you live in the Village of Hempstead, it may be helpful for you to know when a Plumbing Permit is necessary.  Residing in the Village of Hempstead makes you one of more than 55,000 people as well. This being the case, Hempstead is the most populated village in all of New York City. It is located in Nassau County, which also has a town with the same name. The Department of Public Works along with Water and Sewer Department of the village are responsible for day-to-day operations of water distribution and sanitation. However, the responsibility for taking care of residential plumbing falls to homeowners. Frequently, if you are a homeowner, you must also work together with the Department of Buildings. This happens any time you  to acquire permits for construction or plumbing projects as well.   When is a Plumbing Permit required in Hempstead? Many homeowners assume that a plumbing permit is not required for the average small project. This assumption may include jobs like repairs, replacements, or installation of additional plumbing components. While this is true in some cases, a lot of seemingly minor plumbing projects still require permits from local authorities. Failure to comply with building and plumbing codes will result in legal issues. You may then need to undo the completed work, and this is a big waste of money. In a worst case scenario, the entire installation may have to be permanently removed. In addition a violation will be posted and listed in the Village records. Plumbing codes very by jurisdiction All town and cities have their own plumbing codes. If you hire local licensed...
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