A Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Helps Long Beach Residents In Nassau County

A Plumbing Maintenance Checklist Helps Long Beach Residents In Nassau County

If you live on Long Beach, located in Nassau County, you may face unique home maintenance challenges. A plumbing maintenance checklist can surely come in handy for you. Just like any other appliance in your house, your plumbing system is not invulnerable to wear and tear. Everyday usage over many years will cause some parts to lose strength and durability. Deterioration in the structural integrity of your sewer and drain lines may not be noticeable for years. Even with an original proper installation, deterioration of all sorts is happening. The good thing is that you can prevent a catastrophic failure or inconvenience by having your plumbing regularly checked. You may choose to do it yourself, or contact a professional plumber. It is suggested at least once every year to review our home’s plumbing systems. Long Beach presents particular plumbing challenges for Homeowners This may be particularly true in Long Beach, which is subject to high water tables and extreme weather events. Extreme weather, salt water, and many homes being strictly for Summer use, leaves open possibilities of unexpected plumbing repairs. Part of a plumbing maintenance checklist in Long Beach may include Winterizing and then opening your plumbing system each season. Balkan is your neighborhood water, sewer, and drain professional Qualified technicians and plumbers from Balkan can give you expert advice, and also provide vital plumbing services. Balkan has a fleet of expert drain technicians. Balkan also provides the most trusted water service line and sewer repair and replacement services in all of NYC. Long Beach residents can take note that the Balkan headquarters are only minutes away from their...
Tips to Prevent and Unclog Shower Drain Blockages In Your Home

Tips to Prevent and Unclog Shower Drain Blockages In Your Home

In contrast to a popular opinion that you should not build a shower room upstairs, there isn’t any difference between having it installed in the first floor, second floor, or any other floor as long as the plumbing installation is done properly in accordance to building codes. Each will result in the same likelihood you will eventually need to unclog shower drain blockages at some point in time. If you are concerned about leaking issues, or a clogged drain, such problems are almost never associated with location. A clogged drain is more likely caused by the lack of drain cleaning, maintenance, or faulty a installation. Depending on the layout or design, you can call the space either a shower or wet room. The former typically has at least two separate drains because one of them is dedicated to handle wastewater only from inside the shower cabin. Instead of using the same drain as the rest of the bathroom does, a shower cabin comes with its own tray/base connected to a drain pipe underneath. Ideally, the entire shower cabin is watertight, which means wastewater remains inside. Therefore, it needs a separate drain not only for wastewater to go, but also for access when maintenance, repair, or replacement is required. If there ever comes a time when you need to unclog shower drain clogs, you may need access to the plumbing installation underneath the shower tray. The 3 Shower Drain Types Commonly Installed In a wet room (shower stall), there is probably no more than one drainage opening. It is usually located in the lowest part of the space. The shower...
Sewer Flooded Basement Prevention And Helpful Information

Sewer Flooded Basement Prevention And Helpful Information

A sewer flooded basement prevents your home from being the most ideal place for you to live. Your home is you and your family’s shelter. It is where you are protected from rain, heat, wind, dirt, and diseases. Nuisances can come from just about anything around the house. However, some of the biggest problems that potentially disrupt your comfort to a great extent can be traced back to what happens inside the property instead. One of the most obvious examples, one that is also most often overlooked, is a malfunctioning plumbing installation. More specifically the main sewer line, especially if it results in a sewer flooded basement. A simple primer on your drain line system Think of your house plumbing drain system as big tree. All branches lines are smaller drain pipes from water fixtures. These branch lines lead to one big trunk that acts as the main sewer pipe. Smaller pipes are secondary drain lines, and the biggest pipe is the primary one. Wastewater from kitchen sinks, bathrooms, toilets, and bathtubs empty into this primary pipe. The waste water then goes out from your property, and eventually to a city-run wastewater treatment facility. The main drain line must be installed in the lowest point of the property to allow proper water flow. It typically goes under your basement, the subsurface area of your lawn, and public sidewalk and roadway. Its final destination being the public sewer pipe heading towards treatment facility. A sewer flooded basement has many onerous end effects In the event the main sewer line is clogged or damaged in any way, wastewater can burst out...
A Public Sewer Sewer Surcharge Can Severely Damage Your Property

A Public Sewer Sewer Surcharge Can Severely Damage Your Property

For those that have never suffered through one, no, a sewer surcharge is not a tax or an added bill. It is when your public sewer system gets overburdened, and is surcharged. A public sewer surcharge is way more damaging to you than a bill or a tax. What follows is an explanation. A typical public sewer system consists of two separate facilities including storm sewer system and sanitary sewer system. However, in NYC there is also an abundance of combined sewer systems. A dedicated storm sewer has a network of large diameter pipes, inlets, and manholes designed to transport rainfall runoff and excess of clear water from developed (or residential) areas to open water channels such as rivers, streams, lakes, and other surface water bodies. On the other hand, a dedicated sanitary sewer has a network of typically smaller diameter pipes and manholes. It is intended only to carry household sewage to wastewater treatment plants where the sewage is filtered, treated, and eventually discharged as well. The perils of a combined sewer system While some areas in New York City use such separate wastewater treatment networks, there are plenty more neighborhoods that depend on a combined sewer system in which sewage and storm (clear) water are collected at the same plant. Sometimes, during heavy rain and snow melts, combined sewers receive higher than normal flows. It is not unusual for treatment plants to receive double the amount of waste water they were designed to.  Likewise, many combined sewers themselves get overburdened by such conditions. Combined sewer overflows and surcharged city sewers Treatment plants are unable to handle flows...
Learn How to Fix A Clogged Sink By Using These Easy To Follow Steps

Learn How to Fix A Clogged Sink By Using These Easy To Follow Steps

If you are a homeowner, knowing how to fix a clogged sink drain is worthwhile information. That said, it is safe to assume that every homeowner or renter owns a small number of essential tools. Some of these are in case of a plumbing emergency. For example, a clogged sink in the middle of the night. Although you can always call a professional plumber (yes, some plumbing companies provide 24/7 services in NYC – what a convenience) to fix it for you, there is nothing wrong with trying to repair the issue yourself. As long as you are careful, and actually aware of what every tool can and cannot cope with, chances are good that you get everything sorted out within an hour or two. Even if you fail to fix the clogged sink, at least you won’t make the problem get worse. Learning how to fix a clogged sink is not difficult, just know your own limitations and never feel reluctant to call for help. Clogged sinks have a short list of typical causes A “clogged sink” is a fairly simple and common plumbing issue many homeowners have experienced before. It is also pretty self-explanatory. In most cases the problem occurs because the sink, or more precisely the drain pipe to carry wastewater from it, is chocked off by obstructive materials such as: Hair Grease Dirt or sediment Hair Soap scum Food residue Whether the sink is installed in the kitchen, bathroom, or anywhere else, every single one of them has the same working components. Once you turn on the faucet, water flows down the sink, and through...
Sewer Traps In Your Home Make Your Drain System Function Properly

Sewer Traps In Your Home Make Your Drain System Function Properly

The importance of sewer traps in your home plumbing cannot be overstated. You rely on a proper drain system installed in your house to get rid of your wastewater. You use it on daily basis, but you do not exactly understand how it works. When you flush wastewater down the sink, toilet, and shower, you expect it to disappear. Your drains carry the sewage away following the direction of the drain pipe. While this is not entirely wrong, there is just a little bit more involved in the mechanism. In addition to a network of pipes in which the wastewater flows, every drain system has a number of sewer traps, some also connection to vent pipe. As a homeowner knowing about your sewer traps can come in quite handy. Traps prevent clogs, allow for cleaning of clogs, and prevent sewer gases from entering your living space. Sewer traps come in various sizes, shapes, materials. Working on a trap incorrectly, or the wrong trap, can cause damage, or serve no purpose in solving a drain issue. Why is every plumbing fixture designed to be trapped? Each drain line and plumbing fixture is connected to a sewer trap. Among other things, sewer traps prevent toxic gases contained in wastewater, the public sewer, or septic tanks from escaping and entering your house. A sewer trap gets its name from the way it works: it traps a small volume of water between your plumbing fixture and drain line. This standing water functions as barrier through which no sewer gas can penetrate. Another important part of a drain system is the vent or “vacuum...
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