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...
What Constitutes a Plumbing Emergency in the Village of Freeport or Nassau County?

What Constitutes a Plumbing Emergency in the Village of Freeport or Nassau County?

The Village of Freeport is a relatively small community in Nassau County. Like many small neighborhoods, emergency service from a plumber may not always be readily available. So it’s good to know when a plumbing issue does arise, what truly constitutes a “Plumbing Emergency”. Some plumbing issues are so relatively simple that it does not take a professional to handle. For example, a faulty shower head, rusty knob handles in the faucet,a  clogged toilet, and so on. These problems are easy enough that even a lightly skilled homeowner can repair them easily. Besides those easy fixes, you may have to deal with occasional plumbing emergencies by being pro-active. Some helpful tips follow on how you, even with limited plumbing knowledge, can help yourself sometimes. The Balkan Drain Team has the Village of Freeport covered (courtesy of google maps) Dealing with a Plumbing Emergency Not only do you have to call professionals to repair a plumbing emergency, but you need to do it right away to prevent plumbing disasters. In situation like this, you’ll probably pay a premium for off-hours service. So be well aware that not everything is considered an emergency. But also note, even small issues can turn into difficult situations. Whether or not your plumbing issue is an emergency is determined by the following 2 core factors. 1. What Is Your Tolerance For A Waiting Time For Service? If you can wait until the next day to call a plumber, then your issue is not actually an emergency. That applies even if the damage involves a main sewer line, vent pipe, or a running toilet. A problem...
Replacing a Sink P Trap In Your Home: Among The Easiest of All Plumbing Tasks

Replacing a Sink P Trap In Your Home: Among The Easiest of All Plumbing Tasks

This post is another in a series of helpful tutorials for our friends in Nassau County and NYC.  Replacing a sink P trap is a commonly needed repair whether you live in a small town like East Williston in Nassau County, or any other neighborhood across the country. Second to using a plunger, the next easiest thing to do in a plumbing installation is replacing a sink P trap. This plumbing part is the U-shaped assembly installed underneath a sink. It is called P trap because it looks like a face-down letter P. Every plumbing trap has a U shape because it has to hold water inside the curved portion of the assembly. This “belly” in every trap acts as a water barrier to prevent sewer gases form escaping into your living environment. When you wash anything down the sink, waste materials pass that curved shape followed by clean water behind it. That clean water remains in the pipe to prevent toxic gas or odor from entering your house. There should be a P trap connected to every drain except a toilet because it already has one built into the bowl. The components of a sink P trap A new P trap assembly usually comes with a tailpiece, a trap adapter to connect the curved pipe to tailpiece, u-shaped pipe with clean-out access, and a trap arm. Starting from the top, everything should be connected to the sink drain in that particular order. Every part is secured to another by a slip nut, which looks like any regular nut, only larger in diameter. Depending on the models and brands,...
Whole House Water Filters: A Good Idea For Lake Success And Nassau County Residents?

Whole House Water Filters: A Good Idea For Lake Success And Nassau County Residents?

If you live in the Village of Lake Success, or anywhere in Nassau County, under sink or a whole house water filters may be a good idea. Water by its very nature is a very good solvent. In fact water is very good at dissolving other materials, including both nutrients and contaminants. Of course the quality of your water will vary by its source. Meaning, it is a factor if your drinking water comes from wells, public utilities, or private companies. Regardless of the source of your drinking water, the water that enters your home is almost certainly not completely free from impurities. Many impurities are harmless, they might just affect the flavor or smell of your water. For instance sulfur is found in many drinking supplies.  Water contamination may occur naturally or from human activities; some of the first signs of contaminated water is a bad smell and taste. Clean pure water should be odorless, colorless, and tasteless to be most enjoyable. Filtering the water can effectively remove all impurities, making it safer for you to drink and use for any purpose.  Whole house water filters, and other styles of water filters are readily-available in just about every hardware store, or online. It is always recommended that you call a professional plumber to help you install the device and make sure that it actually works as advertised. It is also advisable to make use of the internet to properly investigate different water filet types. Where does the drinking water in Nassau County come from? If you live in Nassau County, or anywhere on Long Island, all of your...
Separate Sewer Systems Are Advantageous Regardless of Your Municipality

Separate Sewer Systems Are Advantageous Regardless of Your Municipality

Whether you live in a relatively small community, such as the Village of Great Neck Estates, or in a large city, such as New York, having separate sewer systems has its advantages. This article will explain why separate sewer systems are advantageous over combined sewer systems. What is a CSO? Combined Sewer Systems (CSO), as the name suggests, are designed to collect a combination of residential and commercial sewage as well as storm water. Basically a CSO collects all liquids entering a drain system into a single large sewer pipe. In NYC, the smallest diameter combined public sewer line is 12″ in diameter. Regardless of the source of  each type of waste water, a CSO treats them the same at the public treatment plant. One of the main purposes behind a CSO is of course to prevent a sewage backup to buildings connected to the system. In this regard, the system works well in most circumstances. The combined sewer system may consist of different components meant for different purposes. An interceptor sewer, for instance, collects flow from many different public sewer lines. It is usually very large, and runs at a very great depth. Another component may be a weir wall. A weir wall, just like those added to rivers, prevents a surcharge or change in direction of the flow during extreme conditions. With a weir wall, even a large volume of wastewater and storm water will not cause sewage backups to connected houses, or other buildings. Attached to many public sewer pipes before the outfall is an interceptor pipe. As stated, an interceptor is through which the sewage...
A Septic vs. Sewer System For Your Home Waste Water Disposal

A Septic vs. Sewer System For Your Home Waste Water Disposal

If you live in the Village of Great Neck, Nassau County, or in other areas, you may have a choice in types of sewer connections. If you do, you may ask what are the differences between a septic vs. sewer system. Although “the disposal of human waste” may not be the most exciting subject to discuss, it is nonetheless interesting to make comparisons between the conventional septic tank and the more modern sewer system. They are basically the same thing, designed to do the same essential function. Both are wastewater treatment plants built to collect, process/filter, and finally dispose of human waste. One of the most noticeable differences is that septic tanks are privately or individually owned and maintained by homeowners, while sewer system is often used by many people at the same time. A Private Septic System In a typical septic system, the biggest component is a massive tank, around 2000-gallons of capacity or more. It is buried somewhere underground in a homeowner’s private property. Ideally it is located as far away as possible from the main building and water supply (such as rivers, lakes, wells, etc) to prevent contamination. In many areas the tank itself must be a minimum of 15′ from any structure. It is also advisable not to plant any trees nearby your tank. Tree root intrusion into you septic tank can cause damage, and prevent the system fr0m functioning properly. Most tanks are constructed of concrete or steel, but there are also some variants made of PVC, fiberglass, or plastic. Years ago they were built by hand and made out of bricks or cinder...
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