Will the City Fix Sewer Line Problems On Your Home Sewer Line?

Will the City Fix Sewer Line Problems On Your Home Sewer Line?

In almost all jurisdictions, whether a big city like New York, or a small town, you as a property owner are responsible for your home sewer line problems. Let’s take the town of Oyster Bay as an example. The Oyster Bay Sewer District, established in 1926. It originally served an area of 975 acres (1.5 sq mi) with sewer mains stretching to 20 miles. Of course Oyster Bay has undergone a number of upgrades since then. Today it services around 1,700 connections with an average daily flow of 1.2 MGD. The District is run and managed by several elected commissioners and employees, with millions of dollars of annual budget. In short, the Town of Oyster Bay, like New York City itself, is responsible for the operation of the district. However, the drain lines that connect to the pipe network owned by the town belong to individual properties is fully the responsibility of the property owner. With that in mind, you must take responsibility to maintain proper functioning of the pipe and repair or replace it if necessary when sewer line problems arise. What Is A Sewer Lateral? The drain pipe that runs from private property to the street is called a sewer lateral. It is more commonly referred to as a home sewer, or house sewer. Underneath the street, it connects to another big pipe called main line sewer, or public sewer. Both have more or less the same function, but the latter is government property. The sewer lateral is yours, so the town will not fix it if there is any issue with the pipe. For example, blockages,...
How To Know When You Need A Brooklyn Sewer Repair

How To Know When You Need A Brooklyn Sewer Repair

While it is important to be aware of the condition of all of the plumbing in your home, it is particularly important that you know the condition of your main sewer line. The main sewer line collects the waste from all of the drains and toilets in your home, and then deposits it into the municipal sewer. Thusly, should this pipe become damaged, you will want to have it taken care of as soon as possible before it causes bigger problems in your home. Here are a few signs to look out for indicating that your sewer line may need a Brooklyn sewer repair. Clogging Drains in Your Home Occasional clogs in a single drain in your home is not unusual, and generally indicates a block within that individual line. These simple clogs can be caused by soap scum, hair, or grease accumulation. However, if you experience constant clogging in the drains throughout your home, or you notice that your drains have begun to drain slower, then this likely points to a problem with your main sewer line. In this case, it is likely that a blockage in, or damage to, your sewer line is causing this problem and will need repair. Unusual Sounds Coming From Your Drains and Toilets Another sign of trouble with your sewer line is strange noises coming from your toilets and drains. Gurgling, bubbling, and other odd sounds are not normal for a drain system. If they begin making a gurgling sound when draining, this can be a sign that the sewer line is beginning to back up. This is likely due to a...
Protect Your Home, Spring Rains Can Cause Brooklyn Sewers To Back-Up

Protect Your Home, Spring Rains Can Cause Brooklyn Sewers To Back-Up

Everyone loves Spring. The warmer temperatures allow everyone to get out and enjoy the nice weather and the budding trees. And even when there is a rainy day, you can hold on to the promise that it will help the flowers bloom in the near future. Unfortunately, though, those Spring rains can cause some problems for Brooklyn homeowners, and since it has to do with Brooklyn sewers, it will not smell as nice as the flowers either. There are many things people love about living in the city, but one of the challenges is keeping up with the infrastructure. The existing Brooklyn sewers and drain lines can only handle so much, and unfortunately, when there is something that pushes it out of balance, there are usually some repercussions. In the Spring, we often see some days when it just pours rain. This adds extra strain to the Brooklyn sewers, and some of that water floods the sewer lines, causing the system to back up. Unfortunately, that means the water (and sewage) has no place to go but back up the pipes into homes. This is technically referred to as a surcharge, or backwater. The results can be horrific, and homeowners not only have to deal with getting rid of bacteria-filled water that floods their home, but the smell that comes with it. Some homeowners have to replace floors, walls, and often have to throw out many of their belongings, some of them being priceless mementos. In addition the affected areas have to be professionally cleaned and disinfected. Thankfully, there are some simple solutions to avoid this situation. Homeowners can...
How to Prevent Sewer Backups After Heavy Precipitation

How to Prevent Sewer Backups After Heavy Precipitation

Among the times that we experience frequent emergency service calls for a Queens sewer is following heavy rains or when a snow melt occurs rapidly. Emergency situations occur during these times because municipal sanitary sewers often end up with more water and debris than normal, often overtaxing the system. Excess water flows backward through your home’s sewer line and into the basement or through plumbing fixtures such as toilets on the lower level. How to prevent sewer backups from backwater If your area is prone to sewage backups in such situations, you have several options to help prevent them from occurring. Each condition in which sewer backups occur can be unique. Thus the solution must be on-point as well. Prevent sewer backups from floor drains One of the best preventive measures is to have a professional contractor plug all of the floor drains, which are usually at the lowest point in your building. Of course this can only be done if the floor drains serve no purpose, and plugging them does not violate any code. If the floor drains must remain, another option is no install check valves in front of each drain. A drain check valve will allow water to run out of the drain as designed, but prevent water from back-flowing out of the drain. Prevent sewer backups from plumbing fixtures Sewage will enter first through the lowest point, then travel to plumbing fixtures as the backup becomes more severe. Therefore plugging floor drains, can allow water to rise and exit from plumbing fixtures located in the basement.Short of removing a bathroom existing in the basement, sewer...