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...
The Types of Underground Drainage Pipe For Your Home Sewer Line

The Types of Underground Drainage Pipe For Your Home Sewer Line

Some things are good to know if you own a property. That is true regardless of if you live in a relatively small neighborhood like The Village of Island Park, or a large metropolis like NYC. Knowledge of your plumbing should be included in that “knowledge base”. With that said, the following is a tutorial for property owners about underground drainage pipe materials. This article is meant as a general guide as each municipality, town, and city, has different plumbing codes. House sewer and drain line repair and replacement work Repairing and replacing a sewer line always involves excavation works. Your home sewer repair may ruin your lawn or driveway, and certainly will cost a good amount of money. The underground sewer work may involve repairing a cracked sewer line or installing a brand new pipe to replace the older severely damaged one. Regardless of the exact scope of work, it always helps if you know what type of underground drainage pipe is buried in your property. Plastic Sewer Pipe: Since the 1970s, plastic has been the material of choice for many underground drainage pipe installations. Most common types include PVC and ABS simply because they serve the same purpose as their cast-iron and clay counterparts. Some of their characteristics make them more durable. Plastic pipe has a smooth inner surface. That smoother surface means it can carry wastewater in much more efficient way. Because plastic pipe also has the same texture on the outside, and water-tight joints, it helps prevent root damage too. Plastic sewer pipe is the material of choice for DIY plumbers too due to it...
Learn About a Plumbing Air Chamber and About The Danger of Water Hammer

Learn About a Plumbing Air Chamber and About The Danger of Water Hammer

As another in our series of helpful tutorials, the Balkan Drain Team will explain what a plumbing air chamber is. You may think this is a device you would never have use of, but think again. Whether you live in a small town like the Village of Roslyn, or a big city like Manhattan, a plumbing air chamber is present, and helpful in them all. Water Hammer and the need for a Plumbing Air Chamber It is only so common for plumbing pipes, especially metal ones, to produce a banging noise occasionally. This is especially true  when water is shut off or opened abruptly. The same noise may also happen when you cut off water intake to appliances such as a dishwasher or a washing machine. Water is sent rushing quickly, as soon as you open a faucet or a valve. It flows to the direction you desire for its use. Then all of a sudden, a halt of the flow happens when the valve is closed abruptly. This creates a shock wave inside your water pipes – known as water hammer. A shock wave pushes some pipes to wiggle around, vibrate, and want to pull apart. It can also cause a vibration that makes your pipes bump into each other, or the framing of your building. The loud noise that you hear is technically called hydraulic shock, or also referred to as water hammer. Water does not readily compress. Therefore when it smacks into an elbow or bend inside an empty pipe, it makes a loud banging sound. This is what water hammer is. Water hammer can literally...
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