Sewers and Drains Service in New Jersey

Muccia Plumbing & HVAC in NJIf you remember NOTHING from this page, please remember this: Using caustic cleaners to clear out a slow drain is both dangerous and impractical. Drain openers often use sulfuric acid-based liquids to attempt to literally melt trapped grease, hair, soap, and other household products. There is only one effective and long-term way to fix a slow or completely clogged drain line. Depend on Muccia Plumbing’s drain cleaning experts will run a powerful machine often called a drain or sewer snake. This tool allows our technicians to clean out the clog instead of trying to melt hair and gunk. It’s safe, effective and will result in a long lasting fast running drain.

Tree-lined streets in Bergen County are beautiful to look at and enjoy. But their roots can find their way into your sewer lines. Sometimes this requires alerting the utility companies that have underground gas and/or electricity service running close to drain and sewer lines. Muccia Plumbing can help you resolve this problem quickly and with all the proper precautions and notifications.

On the east coast, it seems like the rain just goes on and on. And while storm drains and sewer drains are two separate pipes, it can be possible for your town to attempt to clear sewer mains using a variety of means. One customer recently had the clean-out in her basement literally fly across the ceiling as her town pumped compressed air AND a solution of unknown origin to attempt to clean the slow drains. The result: It’s best not to ruin your lunch or breakfast you may have eaten with the sights of her now flooded with raw sewage basement.

Without sewers, debris – human-based or otherwise, would have nowhere to go, be treated and kept from reentering the environment from where it came. I have come across some homes where you could have filled a tub with water, gone to see a movie and when you returned home, the tub would not be empty.

It’s also worth mentioning that many multifamily homes collect sewage from each floor into a master line, which typically goes to the street for treatment. But that also means if the people in 4B are having sewer problems (typically in older condos), it could be the fault of the people in 3B, 2B or 1B – or a little bit from everyone combining.

Here’s an easy way to think about this.

The drainage systems for most multi-story buildings consist of three basic components:

  • Vertical stacks (pipes) usually begin at the roof of the building and go all the way down to the foundation. These pipes are classified as one of three types: vent stacks, soil stacks or waste stacks. This is based on the materials they are meant to carry.
  • To connect primary stacks to drains inside the building branch lines are used. These lines are designed to carry wastewater, solid waste and other materials away from their source and to the vertical stacks.
  • Buried sewer lines run horizontally and connect the entire building directly to city sewer lines or other larger-scale conduits for disposal. For maximum and more complete drainage, these underground lines are typically slanted downward away from the building

Multi Fam Sewer model

From the image above (courtesy of Pipelining Tech), you can see how, especially in older buildings where cast iron pipes have been in place for decades, it can take some time, but eventually, the diameter of the soil stack (on the right) as it collects debris from multiple floors may decrease from inches to millimeters.