A sewer pit is also known as an access pit. Frequently the sewer pit also houses other utility lines besides the house drain line such as the water service line or gas service for the house. In many buildings the access pit is poorly constructed and lacks a cover. In many other instances the cover that does exist is poorly fitted and is not air or water tight. A poorly constructed or maintained pit may seem like a minor inconvenience but it can be a major annoyance or create a serious injury.
A sewer pit with a missing cover or ill-fitting cover can easily result in an injury. The location for access to the house drain is typically in a badly lit area or cluttered with assorted stored items. It is quite easy for someone to step over where the open or dangerous pit is and end up in a hole injuring their leg. It is also possible for a child to get injured if they are playing around in that area.
Other consequences of an access pit in poor condition are water seeping into the pit, foul smells or sewer gases, mold, insects, or rodents gaining access inside the basement. Any of these sewer problems are annoying at the least but can pose serious health issues as well. To properly correct such a condition is very easy for a professional and not very costly.
Sewer pits and utility access pits are now available in a variety of sizes and shapes made from composite materials. All of these pits have fitted covers that can be locked and have an anti-slip finish. Because these pits are made from composite materials they are water tight and resistant to corrosion. As far as cost goes these pits cost a fraction of what forming out and building an inferior quality access pit would cost.
As a matter of company policy Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service uses composite sewer pits for all installations that a require a new pit or when an existing pit is disturbed. Paying attention to the details when subsurface plumbing work is required has many benefits to our clients. Eliminating water damage, trip hazards, and an unsightly condition is a clear benefit of hiring Balkan for your next sewer line repair or replacement.
When a Sewer Pit Needs Repair
Frequently when an access pit needs to be replaced it is an opportune time to also replace the house trap and install a backwater check valve on the house drain. Having a new and tightly sealed house trap can prevent many issues, and an automatic backwater valve or sewer check valve can prevent basement flooding from the public drain system after heavy downpours.
The Importance of a House Trap
Believe it or not a house trap on a sewer line is vitally important in many ways that you would probably never think of. That “thing” you see in the bottom of a pit in your basement can cause an awful lot of aggravation or damage if it is not functioning properly, is in poor condition, or is not operated properly. The danger of improperly fitting or missing sewer trap plugs or caps:
- Will allow noxious gases to escape into the premises from your waste line.
- Allow for rodents, insects, but not alligators, to enter into a premises.
- Can allow raw sewage to enter into a premise if a back up occurs.
Trap plugs or caps cost around $10.00 or less each. They are made in at least three varieties, and are readily available from any plumbing supply or local hardware store. They are easily installed on a house sewer using basic household tools or can be installed by your plumber. Whoever takes the time to install a new plug or cap will be paying a small price for preventing damage, inconvenience, and rodent or pest infestation. In addition this minor maintenance can prevent an unhealthy condition and noxious gases from entering in your property from your drain line.
All about sewer check and backwater valves
If you suffer from sewer backups or a flooded basement a Sewer Check Valve may be the answer. In certain areas of NYC a public sewer system backup may cause a flooded basement. Sewer backups are typically due to heavy rains or over development in the area. This causes the public drain system to be over burdened.
Without the protection of a sewer check valve, the over burdened city sewer system can backup (ingress) into your residence, thus causing damage and distress for a property owner. Such situations must be addressed properly, by a drain expert to avoid spending money on unnecessary repairs and remediation. Balkan Plumbing is proud to provide one day installations, 5,000 PSI concrete, American made materials, and a written guarantee.