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Lead Water Main Leaks Inside Basement

Last weekend in Queens, the tenant of a two family house came home from school to 2” of water in her basement apartment. As most would, she panicked and called her local plumber to investigate. He was quick to determine that it w

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How to Locate and Repair a Broken Sewer 2017

If you are reading this article there is a good chance that you are experiencing sewer backups and are now looking for a permanent resolution to your sewage problems. The first question is what is causing the backups? You must have a plumber perform an inspection of your sewer line. Most commonly the plumber will […]

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Illegal Sewer Liner Found During Routine Sewer Repair

The first issue is that liners are completely illegal in NYC per the NYC Department of Buildings. The liner is not an approved repair method because a sewer liner will not resolve a sewer pipe that is back pitched, suffering from root intrusion, will cut off pipes with branch lines etc.

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Sewer Line Repair Cost NYC

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Roots In Sewer Line Leads to Sewer Pipe Repair

The owner had spent almost $3,000 on sewer cleaning when she became aware that she first had to spend thousands of more dollars to permanently fix her sewer backups. It is important for homeowners to understand that if they are cleaning their sewer line more than three times per year, there is a good chance that there is a larger problem that is not going away unless the pipe is repaired

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Lead Water Pipe Leaks and Replaced with Copper

This Queens homeowner was aware that he had a lead water line that had sprung a small leak several months prior. In the back of his mind he knew that the main had to be replaced simply for the fact that it was lead, and now that it had a leak, he continued to tell himself he better have it changed before things got worse.

Domestic & Sprinkler Combined Water Main Installed

Harris Water & Sewer was hired to install a new combined water service for a new building in Park Slope Brooklyn as well as a second main for the same owner, in Queens. As per standard procedure, the field workers began the job by opening the roadway with a jackhammer in search for the city water main.

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Hydrant Relocated In Queens NYC

Once the hydrant relocation was approved, Harris Water & Sewer began working on all required paperwork with DEP and DOT. When replacing a hydrant in NYC there is a special division of DEP who inspects the entire installation, and not just when the new hydrant is installed.

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Water Main Leaks Inside Sewer Pit Brooklyn

Mrs. Saunders of New York Ave in Brooklyn first contacted Harris Water & Sewer after she became aware that her basement carpet was wet and suspected that her external water main was broken. Mrs Saunders was correct, she did have a broken pipe resulting in a wet carpet, but it was a broken pipe inside her wall. Harris opened the sewer trap to close the house control valve and stop the leak when the field investigator became aware that there was a secondary water main problem.

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Sewer Line Scare Queens Resolved with Sewer Snake

Harris found sanitary napkins and cloth wipes had been clogging the sewer and advised the owner to avoid flushing these two items to avoid any future backups. The owner also began working on a cleaning plan once two times per year to maintain the sewer pipe and avoid the current situation from ever happening again.