Sewer trap replacement work for a house drain can be required for various reasons. A sewer trap can rot out or break. Sometimes it can be mishandled and it may crack or break. In other cases the covers will no longer fit tightly back on. It that case foul sewer water or sewer gases can escape.
Recently a busy Queens pizzeria needed a sewer trap replacement for another reason. Because the existing access pit was located directly in the working area of the restaurant someone had covered it over with cement. Dirt was also put on top of it and open drains were placed over the open pit. Having an open drain is never a good idea and it does not meet plumbing code. However the real issue came about when the house drain and house sewer backed up. Because the trap was covered over a drain cleaner called to the scene had no way to clear out the stoppage. A sewer cleaning machine cannot pass through a buried trap. As a matter of fact one of the primary reasons for a sewer trap is to allow for sewer cleaning.
Upon excavating to perform the sewer trap replacement Balkan discovered that the old trap was more than the typical one or two feet below the floor. It seems that an alteration had been done at some point in time. When that work was done the trap was cemented over and the floor may have been raised. Balkan also discovered that drain lines had been installed directly over the area. This prevented the drains from being legally connected to the house sewer system.
A unique sewer trap replacement solution
Balkan had to ‘think outside the box’ to perform this drain repair and sewer trap replacement properly. The experts at Balkan Plumbing decided to completely relocate to access pit and sewer trap to outside the building. By doing this future maintenance on the line would not interfere with the operation of the restaurant. In addition the drain lines that were previously running into the ground were legally connected.
Another benefit was that the existing trip hazard inside the restaurant was eliminated. The new access pit was flush with the surrounding area and not in a pedestrian area. It also had a locking cover that was slip resistant. After the sewer trap replacement by Balkan was completed a drain cleaner easily cleared out all the stoppages. By having expertise and know-how as a sewer contractor, Balkan was able to perform this drain line repair without the restaurant having any down time.
A fresh air inlet for a house sewer
Fresh air inlets are very important for a house drain to function properly. A fresh air inlet allows for waste water to flow smoothly throughout the system. It is similar to when some one is drinking from a can or bottle – air must be let in for the drink to flow smoothly. On a house sewer it allows air to either escape or enter the system so the waste water flows smoothly. A fresh air inlet equalizes pressure in the house sewer system. On this job location Balkan also re-located the fresh air inlet so it met code and the drain system would function properly.
Many times a fresh air inlet will be damaged or deliberately removed for some reason. Many property owners do not realize the importance of a fresh air inlet. If a house sewer does not flow smoothly grease can build up or backups can occur. In addition in NYC a house sewer without a fresh air inlet is a code violation.