Sewer Line Repair For Large Queens Housing Complex

Sewer Service
August 26, 2011

by David Balkan

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An emergency Queens sewer problem threatened to interrupt sewer services for a large housing project in Far Rockaway. Over one hundred families depended on an expert sewer line repair for resumption of normal sewer service. Various parties had to work together addressing different aspects of the sewer problem in order for the sewer line repair to be addressed professionally and move along seamlessly. Cooperation between all concerned parties is vital in situations such as this.

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Sewer Replacement Job Site

Locating The Sewer Problem

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Sewer Camera

The owner of the property called in their trusted sewer cleaner CMI Services. CMI came promptly and utilized state-of-the-art equipment such as a camera able to easily move down a large NYC sewer located on the property, and accurately depict the condition and location of branch line connections. After attempting to clean the sewer with all sized machines and tools only then did CMI utilize their specialty camera to pinpoint the location of the sewer problem and also diagnose that there was a buried manhole underneath the parking lot area. Locating the point of a sewer problem prior to excavating for a sewer line repair can save thousands of dollars.

Uncovering A Buried Manhole

Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service used a metal detector to verify the point of the buried manhole prior to excavating. It seems the grade of the parking lot had been raised over the years, with asphalt covering the manhole. Part of the sewer line repair was raising the elevation of the manhole and reinstalling the manhole cover, this would help avoid a future sewer problem.

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Burried Manhole

Working Around And Inside A Drywell

After the sewer problem was exposed it was found to lye just outside and underneath an existing drywell. To perform the sewer line repair would require some ingenuity on the part of the sewer contractor. Balkan had to excavate on either side of the outside of the drywell and even excavate inside the drywell to expose all the defective sewer pipe. At the end of the 1st workday Balkan was able to remove a section of the old sewer line and provide temporary relief for the residents. All excavated material was carted away and dumped at an approved dump site, and the site was left barricaded and steel plated at the end of the work day.

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Crushed Pipe in Ground

The Sewer Line Repair

The actual sewer repair was performed using 8″ extra heavy cast iron pipe domestically produced by Charlotte Pipe which is located in North Carolina. Almost 20′ of sewer line was replaced from approximately 5′ outside the manhole to the far side of the drywell. In addition Balkan repaired some broken areas of the drywell and wrapped the drywell in a special filter fabric. All excavations were then backfilled carefully with stone with the same filter fabric placed around the stone. The purpose of the filter fabric is to prevent sand or soot form blocking or clogging the drywell. The end result of the sewer line repair was also a drywell that would function better than it ever did.

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Wavecrest New Sewer Line

Restoring Disturbed Areas

Because the owner had a long and trusted relationship with Cardone Concrete, Balkan had communication with Cardone on a number of occasions and coordinated how the job site would be left after backfill and clean-up. All excavated areas were left down 8″, but barricaded and plated for Cardone Concrete to perform a timely and professional restoration. Working together in a professional and respectful manner with other contractors is a Balkan trademark. Total client satisfaction is always the main goal.

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Balkan Restores Job Site

A Successful Sewer Line Repair

The success of a sewer line repair is just limited to the quality of the repair itself. Many factors are involved in pleasing the owner and residents of a large housing complex.

  • Restoring sewer service as quickly as possible.
  • Clear and accurate communication throughout the sewer repair process.
  • Job site safety at all times.
  • High quality materials and compaction for all backfill of excavations.
  • A fair and uniform price structure even in emergencies.

For professional water and sewer line repair Joseph L. Balkan Inc is the most trusted sewer contractor throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Balkan provides complete client satisfaction on a routine basis.

About Joseph L. Balkan, Inc.

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Owners of Joseph L. Balkan, Inc.

Balkan Sewer And Water Main is the largest sewer & water main replacement company in NYC. We are licensed, bonded, and insured. As a family run business in continuous operation for over 50 years. Our 10 year unconditional guarantee* on replacements means that we continue to stand by our work, long 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. Choose Balkan Sewer And Water Main for your next sewer repair, water main installation, water repair, water line leaks, NYC DEP violations, sewer replacement, water line replacement, sewer trap, backwater valve, hydrants, manholes, specialty water main work, area drain, and trench drains. Contact Balkan Sewer And Water Main today.

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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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