Sanitary Plumbing

571 Timpson Place Bronx, NY 10455

Phone: 212-734-5000

Fax: 212-534-4349

Contact us on email!

Published on
October 17th, 2022

The Benefits of Regular Drain Maintenance

If you are the owner or manager of a property in New York City, regular drain maintenance is a must. In this post, we discuss the reasons why you must be proactive about drain care, how to know if a blocked drain is about to be a problem for you, and how you can avoid the negative outcomes of poor drain maintenance in your building.

Why Regular Drain Maintenance Is Essential

Protecting your property from unnecessary damage

Without proper drain maintenance, your property could experience stopped sinks, blocked pipes, and other problems that cause a long list of headaches for staff and occupants. An untreated blockage that builds to the point where water cannot flow has multiple negative consequences:

  • Unusable sinks, toilets, dishwashers, and clothes washing machines
  • Damaged plumbing parts
  • Water damage from flooding
  • Growth of mold and mildew
  • Unpleasant odors
  • Attracting insects and vermin

Signs of Potential Drain Clogs

Watch for these warnings

You don’t want to wait until you have a major water disaster on your hands or tenants are banging on your door at all hours to take action. There are signs that a blocked drain is imminent, which you can watch for. If you notice any of the following, it’s time to call the experts at Sanitary Plumbing before you have to deal with overflowing toilets, clogged sinks, or backed-up clothes washers:

  • Slow running drains in sinks and/or tubs
  • Gurgling sounds when fixtures drain
  • Toilets that need frequent plunging
  • Toilet water level has risen in the bowl
  • Sewage ejector pumps (aka sewage grinder pumps) backing up
  • Smell of sewage or waste inside (usually emanating from a drain)
  • Dishes not getting clean in the dishwasher
  • Water or food remains accumulating in the bottom of a dishwasher after a cycle is complete
  • Clothes looking dingy or smelling bad after washing
  • Flooding or water ponding on the outside of the property near drain pipes
  • Multiple units experiencing the signs listed above

The problem with clogged drains in New York City condominium and co-operative buildings is that there are so many places where a blockage can occur. While an individual under-sink trap may be clogged, you can also have blockages further downstream, such as in lateral lines that run from units into the main sewer line for the entire building. The closer to the sewer line that a blockage occurs, the more multiple units are likely to be affected by it.

Another issue common to many New York City properties is the age of the plumbing systems. With buildings dating back to the 1700s in some cases, original plumbing can be not up to today’s standards. And you don’t have to have an 18th-century building to experience clogged drains. Even buildings with galvanized metal pipes installed 70 years ago or so can run into trouble if old pipes haven’t been replaced. They can become narrower over time due to the buildup of sediment, mineral scale, and other elements.

How You Can Keep Drains Clear

Tips for DIY drain maintenance

The best way to keep your building’s drains in good working order is to protect them from potential clogs in the first place. Some of the actions you can take include:

  • Educate tenants about what should and should not be put in any drains. Common mistakes include not scraping dishes properly before putting them in the dishwasher, allowing food refuse down the drain, and dumping cooking oil and grease in the sink. Also, paper towels, wipes, and feminine hygiene products should only go in the trash, never in the toilet. Likewise, cat litter should not be flushed. Even some face and body scrubs containing inorganic material (like little plastic beads) can clog a shower drain.
  • Use a perforated drain shield in kitchen sinks and showers, in the latter to prevent hair clogs.
  • Replace old galvanized piping.

Consider a Monthly or Quarterly Drain Maintenance Package

Professional service from Sanitary Plumbing

There’s only so much you can do, however, to maintain drains in a large multi-unit building. Plunging and snaking won’t get the job done when a clog is further downstream and causing problems for many units.

That’s why we recommend regular drain maintenance from professional plumbers. We have the expertise and equipment to fix partially blocked drains and prevent problems that could result in costly insurance claims and disruptions to your building’s occupants. Our team can even use cameras to visualize what’s happening with your pipes, so we know exactly where a problem is occurring.

We’ve been working on large New York City condos and co-ops for generations. We know how to work with complicated plumbing anatomy, such as multiple lateral lines and components from different plumbing renovations in the same structure. Some of the services we offer include maintenance for:

  • House drain and sewers
  • Bathtub stoppages
  • Kitchen sink stoppages
  • Wash basin stoppages
  • Toilet stoppages
  • Roof drain clearing
  • Grease trap cleaning
  • Separation pit cleaning

To make it easier for you, Sanitary Plumbing offers monthly and quarterly drain maintenance packages. You can be sure your drains are kept clear to prevent more expensive problems in the future. And you can lock in a price for routine drain work, which lets you budget accurately for the year.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment for drain maintenance, call Sanitary Plumbing today at 212-734-5000.


Article from

Our Privacy Policy

Sanitary Plumbing and Heating Corp. (the “Company”) strives to ensure the highest standards for property listings and customer information privacy. Please review the following statement to learn about our company practices and policies. Please be aware that our Privacy Policy is subject to change at any time.

1. Purpose.

This Privacy Policy (“the Policy”) provides information on how the Company uses your personal information. By agreeing to the Policy, you agree to our collection and use of your personal information as described in the Policy. This Privacy Policy is effective for all new users of Sanitaryplumbing.com.

2. Personal Information.

You can browse some areas of Sanitaryplumbing.com (“the Website”) without being a registered user. However, certain activities do require registration. (You consent to the transfer and storage of your information by registering with Sanitaryplumbing.com.) We may collect and store the following personal information:

  • Name, email, address, telephone number, and (depending on the service used), move-in dates;
  • Transactional information (such as lease terms, lease parties);
  • Computer sign-on data, statistics on page views, and traffic to and from the Website; and
  • Other information, including IP address and other web log information.

3. Use of Information.

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe and user-friendly experience. For example, the Company may use your personal information to:

  • Improve our services and the Website’s content and layout;
  • Provide the services and necessary customer support you request;
  • Resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems;
  • Track and record customer satisfaction with our services;
  • Protect the Company against error and fraud;
  • Inform you of special promotions and announcements;
  • Enforce our agreements, terms, conditions, and policies; and
  • As otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

We may occasionally ask you to complete optional surveys. These surveys are used to improve and customize your experience with Sanitaryplumbing.com.

The Company always provides you the ability to opt-out of further communication such as promotions and surveys; see the Opt-Out section below.

The Company does not share any of your personal information with outside organizations, companies, individuals, etc. The only exception to this standard is if such a disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to any and all legal processes.

4. Links to Other Sites.

The Website may have links to other websites that may collect personally identifiable information about you. The Company is not responsible for the privacy practices of the content of those linked websites.

5. Safety & Security Precautions.

The Website has strict security measures in place to protect you and your information from fraud. Once your information is provided to Sanitary Plumbing and Heating Corp., we strive to ensure the confidentiality of your identity and information.

6. Opt-Out.

The Company provides you with the opportunity to opt-out of receiving promotional and other non-essential, marketing-related communications from Sanitary Plumbing and Heating Corp. If you would like to opt-out of these select communications, please see any of the Company’s email communications and follow the directions indicated.

7. Account Protection.

Your password ensures the security of your account. When choosing a password, the Company suggests using various characters. It is highly recommended that you do not disclose your Sanitaryplumbing.com password to anyone. (If you do disclose your password or your personal information with others, you are responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account.) If the security of your password is compromised for any reason, please contact the Company immediately.

8. Accuracy of Information

The Company does not guarantee the accuracy of information for any and all of its properties on the Website, and is not responsible for any errors or misrepresentations (made by Renters, the Client, or otherwise).

9. Cookies

The Company may place a small cookie on your computer’s hard drive. This allows us to personalize your use on the Website. In order to maximize the functionality and usability of the Website, you must set your browser’s preferences to allow both permanent and temporary cookies.

10. Changing Your Personal Information.

Should your personal information change, please immediately update your information on the Website. This will ensure the accuracy of our records. The Company does retain personal information from closed accounts in order to comply with law and collect and disburse any fees owed.

11. Third Parties

This Privacy Policy addresses only the use of information we collect from you. Since Sanitaryplumbing.com does not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties. It is advisable that you consult with the management of third parties before you disclose your personal information to others.

12. General

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on the Website. All amended terms are immediately effective after they are initially posted on the Website.

13. Privacy Policy Questions & Concerns

Questions and/or concerns regarding the Policy should be emailed to the following email address: evan@sanitaryplumbing.com