Maintaining The Drainage in a Hospital Building

When it comes to modern hospitals, they are amongst some of the most complicated buildings in the world and this is because they specifically designed to be used for various kinds of patients, in different care settings all while using a plethora of treatments and equipment. So, with that in mind, their drainage systems are by nature also very complex. Health facility managers are also well aware of what a headache it can be when these systems break down. For example, a sewage backup occurring behind a blockage and flooding a hospital ward, while not uncommon, can mean having to move patients to other busy wards in order to clean that area. All County Sewer & Drain is well equipped to handle the maintenance of a hospital’s drainage system and provides the following tips to ensure your system remains in top shape.

 

Know Your Drainage System

Most hospital buildings have been developed as necessary over the years and the mapping of the drainage systems sometimes does not keep up with these changes due to a myriad of reasons such as inaccurate or incomplete plans, or even misconnections in the hospital pipework. This can make identifying the source of a drainage problem much more difficult and thus responding to those problems can become close to impossible. So, the best way to mitigate these issues is to map the entire drainage system so that you can identify the connections, water flows, system capacities, and asset condition.

 

With All County’s sewer camera system, they can provide high-quality video footage inside the pipes to give a clear view of the system allowing you to better map things out. This is the first step to having a quality maintenance strategy as you can easily identify which parts need to be fixed immediately and which can be saved for a later time.

 

Effective Maintenance

Performing regular preventative maintenance will be essential due to the unique demands placed on drainage systems. You will find that in older hospitals, many of the downpipes are cast iron reducing their capacity due to oxidization. Common hospital items can also accelerate this process like caustic chemicals, sanitation gels and detergents can also build up within the pipes. In addition to what goes on inside the building, outside blockage issues can be a burden to patient services. For example, tree root infestation and drain collapses are common causes of sewer blockages. All County Sewer & Drain has many different techniques to rectify these issues if necessary.

 

Control What Goes Down The Drains

Typically, whatever a patient or a healthcare worker would do at home, they are likely to do in a hospital. Therefore, it is not uncommon for many sanitary products and wet wipes to be disposed of wrongly down hospital toilets on a regular basis. Along with this, in hospital canteens and kitchens, you will notice a lot of fats and oils finding their way down the drains in residual amounts of through irresponsible disposal. For this reason, it is imperative to be in control of what is being put in the drains. So, be sure to train the staff and be on high alert when it comes to patients and visitors.

 

These are just a few common tips that can help maintain an effective drainage system within a hospital building. As mentioned, All County Sewer & Drain is well equipped to handle these kinds of drainage systems, especially with their sewer camera system that will allow them to get deep into the pipes and determine root causes of whatever drainage issue your building might be facing. For more information, feel free to call All County Sewer & Drain at 1 (800) 834-3102!

What Is A Sewer Camera Inspection?

The plumbing industry has truly evolved over the last few decades, especially when it comes to some of the newer innovations such as sewer camera inspections. When you think about it, do we truly know what’s beneath the surface of our gutters? Without the technology of sewer cameras, there would be a host of problems that we would be unaware of that would eventually lead to costly problems down the line. The process of these inspections is quite simple. It involves snaking a tiny camera down the drains to search for any possible damage allowing professionals such as the ones at All County Sewer and Drain to perform their job more effectively.

 

What Do Sewer Camera Inspections Do?

There are a couple of versions of these sewer line inspection cameras (All County Sewer and Drain have both versions), but the most common is a long and skinny robotic snake with a camera at the end that gives plumbers a real-time look at what is going on in your pipes. The twisty and bendy nature of the technology allows the camera to work its way through any curves and contours of the pipe or drain. So, this helps plumbers locate and diagnose the exact problems that they previously would have only been able to guess.

 

How Do Sewer Inspection Cameras Work?

Looking further into how these inspections work, you will find that the flexible rod which holds the camera is inserted into the drain or pipe. The high-definition video camera at the end is then able to broadcast everything into a screen that the plumber will use for the inspection. There are also bright LED lights attached to the rod so that they can see in the darkest areas and even record everything in the event that they need to go back and locate an issue later. 

 

There are a plethora of problems that these cameras can spot such as:

 

Pipe Issues

As a home begins to settle, pipes tend to shift at very odd angles which makes them susceptible to cracks, collapse, or even misalignment.

 

Tree Roots

You may notice that tree roots can grow into a sewer line, and can typically be cleaned. However, if it is too great of an impact, it can cause major damage repair and it would be critical to get the right diagnosis as that would be the difference between thousands of dollars.

 

Corrosion

While modern pipes are made from PVC and unlikely to see corrosion if you have an older metal pipe, then it may be prone to such damage. 

Blockage

One of the most common sewer problems is a blockage and there are a million ways that a pipe can get blocked with something. Sewer cameras are capable of pinpointing exactly where the blockage is making it easier to remove. 

 

Leaks

These cameras can also spot leaks in pipes and drains and help make the repairs much easier and faster to take on.

 

So, if you are looking to schedule a sewer line inspection using one of our cameras, feel free to give us a call at 1 (800) 834-3102 today!

What To Look For in Your Plumbing System After Time Off

Many businesses have been closed due to the COVID-19 and while you have been home, the plumbing system at your office has also been on a mini-vacation as it has not been used during the weeks to months you have been away. So, unbeknownst to you, there might be a variety of issues that you will need to attend to once you return. Plumbing problems are expected to happen to anyone at any time, especially during times of inactivity. So, as many people are returning to their offices, let’s take a look at a few things you should check for upon your arrival.

 

Main Water Valve

The main water valve is what controls all of the water that enters the building. This should’ve been turned off before you left as it would protect you from any water damage in the event a leak were to occur. So, upon your return, you will want to turn it back on and check to see that everything is working properly as it should. If you happen to notice anything unusual, you may want to seek professional assistance. 

 

Leaking Pipes

Make sure you are also checking around the toilets, faucets, showers, water heater, and any other pipes for leaks. One of the most clear-cut signs of a leak is a small pool of water around it. However, a not-so-obvious sign of a water leak is a wet pipe, so you will want to feel around for that as well. Another tactic is to take your socks off and walk around the flooring to see if you feel any damp or cold spots because those may be an indicator of a leak underneath the floor. 

 

Sump Pump

The sump pump is the first line of defense whenever there is an excess of water due to heavy rain or leaks. Similar to the main water valve, this is something that should have been checked before you closed down. So, when you return, you will want to check it once again to ensure it is working as it should. One way to do so is to pour a bucket, or water the pit with a hose to make sure that it is draining the water automatically.

 

Supply Lines

Another thing you will want to look into is the material your supply lines are constructed out of. If they are made of plastic, it might be time to upgrade them to stainless steel because plastic supply lines are much more fragile and may have been damaged during the time away. 

 

These are just a few things you will need to check for once returning to your business to ensure that the plumbing is working as it should. If you notice anything alarming, be sure to call All County Sewer and Drain at 1 (800) 834-3102 as soon as possible to take a look and remedy the situation!

Why You Shouldn’t Try DIY Drain Cleaning

Normally, when your drain becomes severely clogged, your first instinct should be to call a professional company to come in to clear up the issue. Unfortunately, that is not always what people tend to do. Some homeowners will look to deal with the problem themselves in an effort to save money. The problem with this strategy, especially here in NYC where homes are a little older and drains and pipes have more wear and tear on them, this can become a nightmare situation that leads to even bigger and more expensive problems down the line. So, let’s look at a few more reasons why you should not try the DIY approach to fixing a clogged drain.

 

Liquid Drain Cleaners Are Not Always The Best Option

If you have any professional drain cleaning company, they will tell you that it is not recommended to use liquid drain cleaners. One reason, in particular, is the overall toxicity which can be very detrimental to the environment. However, as it more closely pertains to your home, liquid cleaners can cause damage to your pipes due to the corrosive acid that is at work to unblock the clogs.

 

The Problem Could Be Bigger Than You Expect

Another big reason is that most DIY enthusiasts do not fully understand the scope of the problem that they could be facing. So, without knowing the exact cause of the clog, you will struggle to find a solution to fix it. Situations such as grime build-up and solid masses can be too much for someone to handle without professional assistance.

 

You Risk Further Damage And Costs

Because most homeowners are unaware of the ins and outs of professional pipe maintenance, they run the risk of causing even more damage to their pipes by taking on the issue themselves. And in their attempt to save money, they could create a problem that would run them even more money which all could have been avoided, to begin with, had they contacted a professional in the first place.

 

DIY Is A Big Investment

Most homeowners will assume that by handling the situation themselves, it will save them money. And while that might be true, one must ask whether the costs you are saving will truly be a benefit down. Going the DIY approach may cause a lot of time and effort on your part that you could allocate elsewhere and ensure that the job is done correctly.

 

So, when it comes to fixing a clogged drain or dealing with a pipe issue in your home, it might be in your best interest to give a call to a seasoned professional. DIY approaches tend to lead to even worse problems which end up costing you much more than it initially would. All County Sewer and Drain has been servicing homeowners in the tri-state area for years and have built up a reputable reputation amongst their clients. So, if you are having trouble with your pipes, be sure to give us a call at 1 (800) 834-3102!

How Drain Inspections Work and Their Importance

While it may not seem like it, the drain lines and sewer pipes are an integral part of any home. These features are designed to transport waste from your house to the municipal treatment system. If you have a non-functioning drain or pipe, it could bring quite the disaster and put you and your family’s health at risk. Due to the constant wear and tear on these drains and toilets, they can eventually break, so it is important to have regular inspections for your pipes so they are checked for any potential issues. Today, we can perform CCTV inspections which uses the latest technology to prevent emergencies from occurring. These types of inspections only require a small access point or some kind of accessible cleanout in order to be successful. The way this works is that a closed-circuit camera will attach to a long, flexible rod which will be fed down the line and serve as our eyes.

Given that many sewer lines are buried deep underground, it can be very difficult to know if there is a problem developing, especially in older homes which is why having regular drain inspections can help keep your home safe even as it ages. Here are some additional reasons why having a regular inspection is beneficial.

Saves Time

Clogs and leaks are issues with your pipeline that can build up over time. So, one day your bathroom drains may be working fine, and the next, they could be backing up and cause flooding. The inspection would take just a few hours of your day which would be much better than a whole day wasted due to sewer line emergencies.

Saves Money

With this new sewer camera inspection technology, we can reveal the exact cause of whatever could be ailing your sewer lines, whether it is a crack or a hole, or even improperly installed pipes. These inspections will go a long way into saving you thousands of dollars in property value and pipeline repairs.

Avoid Pipeline Issues

These regular inspections also do much more than just check your sewer line for clogs and buildups. They can also check your home’s overall structure to make sure that the system is healthy, because even the smallest problems such as leaks and slow drains can create massive disruptions. So, having these annual inspections can give you peace of mind to focus on other aspects of your life.

If you are getting even the slightest hint of sewer or drain problems, do not hesitate to call the experts, especially if you live in an older home and have yet to have an inspection. Be sure to call All County Sewer and Drain to learn more about our regular inspections that will ensure your home stays in top shape!