Expect The Unexpected In The Sewer And Water Line Repair Business

Sewer Service, Water Main Service
December 16, 2010

by David Balkan

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Throughout New York City whether a sewer problem, water line repair, or water main break, you can never know what to expect. Even the most experienced water main and sewer contractor such as Balkan Sewer and Water Main Service encounters and deals with unexpected conditions on a regular basis.

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Rock inside excavation

As an example even in areas not known for rock conditions surprises arise. Bedrock and large rocks can be found randomly and unexpectedly. Having the correct equipment whether that means backhoes, pneumatics, or hydraulic rock splitters, can save the day and help avoid excessive costs incurred for a property owner. Delays on time sensitive jobs can have far reaching affects such as throwing other trades off their schedule.

At times having a skilled backhoe operator with an experienced crew can remove a large rock preventing any additional costs to the property owner. In addition the proper expertise and care will avoid underground utility damage and any possible property damage. The last thing needed is for a sewer problem to become a gas leak or a broken telephone or electrical line. By the way anybody need a large rock?

Sewer Repair, Rock Removed
Sewer Repair, Rock Removed
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Rock Removed from Excavation

A water main break can occur anytime and anywhere. This water main break occurred after a building had been illegally demolished and the water line was left active. It went unnoticed for quite some time. Enough time elapsed for a very large basement to fill with water and create a great potential damage to neighboring buildings. Balkan secured emergency permits and quickly had all frozen water lines shut off.

When performing a water line repair it is typical for the water line to break due to old age. At times other sub surface work in the vicinity can be the cause of the water main break. In this case a utility contractor punctured the water line and did not perform the water line repair or address the situation – they buried the defective line and left the site. This water line had already been completely replaced only four years prior, so there was cause for suspicion before work ever started. Once exposed there was a clear puncture hole right through the copper main.

Water main replacement - Balkan job site
Expect the unexpected!

Balkan performed the water line repair and supplied any and all required documentation to help ensure that the homeowner could get full reimbursement. Protecting our clients and performing high quality repair and replacement work when a water main break occurs is all routine and common practice at Balkan Sewer and Water Main Service.

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David Balkan

David Balkan is the CEO of Balkan Sewer And Water Main, the largest and most trusted service in New York City. David is extremely active in various NYC plumber organizations being the Chairman of the Subsurface Committee in the Master Plumbers Council, and Vice President of the Subsurface Plumbers Association. In addition David’s expertise is respected by officials of New York City agencies such as the NYC DEP, NYC DOB, and the NYC DOT. He frequently provides valuable input on a variety of industry related matters.

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