Septic Tank Maintenance Is Important If You Have No Public Sewer Connection

Septic Tank Maintenance Is Important If You Have No Public Sewer Connection

Septic tank maintenance may be important to you if you own a home in North Hempstead, or any other community in Nassau County. Clearly the vast majority of people in Nassau County prefer a city sewer connection to a private septic tank. That is evidenced by the fact that over 90% of Nassau County residents are now connected to a public sewer. Once connected to a public sewer, there is a shared-cost advantage. However, some homeowners still utilize a septic system for a lot of different reasons. In rural areas, or residential properties, they may be located far away from a public sewer connection. Or there in fact may be no public sewer to connect to. In these cases you may have no choice but to use a private septic system. Septic systems are designed to contain and handle both “graywater” (wastewater from sinks, dishwasher, laundry machines, showers, and other water fixtures) and “blackwater” (waste matter from toilets). A professionally designed and built septic system can handle your waste water load, even during the biggest storms. While your town or village is responsible to run and maintain public sewer facilities, you as a homeowner must take care of your septic tanks. Therefore, whether you live in the Town of North Hempstead, or anywhere in Nassau County, septic tank maintenance can be quite important for you to do. Septic Tank Maintenance: What to do and who is responsible If your plumbing is connected to a city sewer, any problem with the facility or the pipe itself is repaired by the government. Anytime issues arise, you simply report it to the...
Plumbing Basics:  Safe Practices for Repairs In Garden City and Nassau County

Plumbing Basics: Safe Practices for Repairs In Garden City and Nassau County

Plumbing basics always includes safe practices, and careful planning. If you happen to live in the Village of Garden City, that might be especially true. Founded by Alexander T. Stewart in 1869, Garden City was one of the first communities in the United States. It is a place of beauty, offering large varieties of recreational areas, playing fields, parks, and shopping districts. The village is also filled with modern restaurants, eateries and pubs. Everything appears to be just right with stately homes, properly maintained lawns, and tree-lined streets. A comfortable and clean environment seem to be among the unmistakable characteristics all around you. And for sure you don’t want to mess up the prettiness with sloppy plumbing work. Even a small error in judgement while doing a plumbing repair can impact the sanitary condition, or result in injury. Plumbing Basics: Taking Nothing For Granted and Plan Ahead Almost any kind of plumbing repair looks like a simple thing that you can do without help  from a professional. There is no denying that a DIY approach is an interesting proposition when it comes to certain tasks. These tasks may include attending to a running toilet, leaky faucet, garbage disposal installation, gurgling kitchen sink, and even a clog in the main drain. Getting things repaired by yourself can save a lot of money. However, at the same time it comes with a risk of spending much more money because you could cause more serious damage to the plumbing installation. This is not to say that you should never try repairing simple problems on your own. But it is to say that...
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...
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