Home Sewer Line Replacement In Sunset Park Brooklyn After Builder Breaks Sewer


A home in Sunset Park Brooklyn recently suffered a complete blockage and failure of their house sewer. What made this situation most unusual was the circumstances that caused the problem. It seems that a brand new house was being built right next door to them. As is normal excavation was needed to pour the foundation for the new house that abutted this homeowners house.

home sewerWhat made this sewer line replacement unusual was when the excavation contractor for the new house over dug and undermined the front stoop for the existing house. They tried to solve this problem by pouring ready mix concrete under this owners front stoop to fill in the void. Unfortunately when they over dug they also dislodged the home sewer line for the house next door as well. When they filled in the excavation with concrete they also filled in the drain line with solid concrete. As ready mix concrete will tend to flow, it flowed down the house sewer line and completely filled in the house sewer. What made matters even worse is that concrete will harden even under water, so the ready mix solidified throughout many feet of sewer pipe. This completely and permanently cut off use of the house drain. Concrete will harden under water and even under moving water. Never let wet concrete enter a drain or sewer system as it will harden and become a permanent blockage.

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Removed section of home sewer

Besides this being a main sewer line replacement that was made necessary by damage caused by others, it was also made more difficult by their actions as well. Breaking out and removing an old clay sewer pipe is not a difficult process. On the other hand removing clay pipe filled with solid concrete is quite difficult. This added to the already substantial cost of this sewer line replacement and to the scope of work. The advantage of hiring Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service is the pride that they take in their installations. This owner received many benefits that would ensure a long-lasting sewer line replacement and relief from other drain line issues as well.

Correcting an existing plumbing violation

In most cases attending to all sewer issues at once instead of one at a time will save money and aggravation. In this case there was an area drain illegally connected to the fresh air inlet for the house drain inside the basement. While not a worrisome error, it is a plumbing violation nonetheless. Balkan corrected this by installing a separate line and a separate trap (as required by code). It was then connected inside the sewer access pit to plumbing code.

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Illegal area drain connection

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Legalized drain lines

Preventing future public sewer backups

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A complete solution

When performing a sewer line replacement from the city sewer to inside the basement it is an ideal time to install a sewer check valve. A sewer check valve adds very little to the cost of a job such as this, but can cost over $2,000.00 if done at a separate time. A sewer check valve greatly reduces the chance of a public sewer getting surcharged and flowing into your basement ever again. Installing this device to code in an easy to access pit can prevent damage from foul waste water that can amount to thousands of dollars and present health issues as well.

Eliminating a dangerous trip hazard

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Water tight and sealed access pit

Attention to detail also means eliminating a dangerous trip hazard presented by an open and unsightly sewer pit inside a basement. Balkan installed a water-tight composite access pit with an anti-slip fitted cover. A pit such as this will prevent injuries, water infiltration, and is professional looking. In addition it actually costs less than constructing a concrete access pit by hand.

Completely replacing the home sewer line

When a sewer line is replaced frequently a sewer contractor may leave some old pipe in place such as the old pipe going into the basement. Like in this case trust Balkan to do a truly complete sewer line replacement. If done as a separate job simply replacing the home sewer from inside the basement to the front of the foundation wall would cost well over $2,000.00, not to mention the aggravation of having work done all over again.

After four hard days of work a complete new sewer system was installed featuring domestic extra heavy cast iron pipe and an unconditional ten year guarantee. A new house trap, sewer check valve, legalized drain connection, and access pit meant a complete and worry-free installation. As is typically the case all disturbed areas were professionally restored by Balkan in-house paving and cement crews the next work day. This homeowner in Sunset Park became another satisfied Balkan customer – a licensed NYC plumber trusted for over 60 years.

About Joseph L. Balkan Inc.

Balkan Plumbing is the largest sewer line replacement and water main service company in New York City. We are licensed, bonded, and insured. As a family run sewer and water main company in operation for over 50 years, our 10-year guarantee means we continue to stand by our work after the job is done.We are expertly equipped, from our 48,000 square foot facility to dozens of trucks, heavy moving equipment, backhoes and pneumatics. For all your subsurface plumbing including; water main repair and water main replacements, sewer repair and sewer replacements, catch basins, fire hydrants, manholes, and specialty excavation work, we can help. Contact Balkan Plumbing today or visit www.balkanplumbing.com.

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Balkan Plumbing is the largest sewer and water main company in NYC. For over 60 years, our family's 10 year guarantee* means we stand by our work long after the job is done. For sewer and water main issues throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx contact Joseph L. Balkan, Inc. today for 24/7/365 service. Paul R. Balkan, NYC Licensed Master Plumber 01281

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