Sewage Facts Or Fiction Video Part I: The Balkan Sewer Challenge aka “Who Is Thomas Crapper???”

Balkan University, Sewer Myth or Fact
December 8, 2020

by David Balkan

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Balkan Sewer & Water Main Service receives questions from our customers on a routine basis. If you had to give these questions a title, you’d call them “Sewage Facts or Myths”. So as the CEO of the company, I wanted to see if I could stump Christina, who is one of our team members. This is Part I of the Balkan challenge: Sewer Fact Or Fiction.

Dave Balkan: So, Christina, What do you think? Are you ready for this challenge?

Christina: Oh, no! We’re going to find out some surprises. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll surprise you.

Sewage Facts or Myth: Can Critters Crawl Up From Your House Drains?

Dave Balkan: We’re going to find that. So people ask, can rodents and other critters roll up through your drain pipes.

Christina: That is a fact.

Dave Balkan: That is a fact. A fact that can, particularly, if you don’t use your drains too frequently, rodents insects, it has been known that people look down into the toilet and something’s looking back at them. So you are correct.

Who Is Thomas Crapper? Did He Invent The Toilet?

Dave Balkan: Here’s another question we get asked from our customers on sewer myth or fact Christina. Okay, did Thomas Crapper invent the toilet?

Christina: Thomas Crapper? I don’t even know who that is!

Dave Balkan: You think Thomas Crapper really existed?

Christina: No, I don’t think he existed. And I think that’s a myth.

Dave Balkan: Well, BUZZ! I got you on that one. He did not invent the toilet, but he did exist. He actually, 60 years after the toilet was invented, modernized the flush toilet and is known for doing that.

Christina: And that’s why it’s called the crapper?

Dave Balkan: Well… I don’t think so, but maybe. You just stumped me! I stumped you – you stumped me! Got it correctly.


Sewage Facts or Myth: Is Putting Ice Cubes In Your Garbage Disposal Helpful?

Dave Balkan: Part three of sewage fact or myth with Christina. If you put ice cubes down your garbage disposal, do you think it sharpens the blades in your garbage disposal?

Christina: Ice in your garbage disposal…

Dave Balkan: Ice cubes.

Christina: I think that’s a myth, I think it would chip the blades.

Dave Balkan: Now, you were doing so good. You were like “right” until you said that. Now you were right, it will not show up the blades. But, do you think ices cubes have any benefit at all to a garbage disposal.

Christina: Yes.

Dave Balkan: Good. I had to look that up. I didn’t know that. What do you think you’ve done?

Christina: Ice cubes Remove any stuck on food.

Dave Balkan: Get outta here! Correct.

Christina: You see, I told you I’d surprise you!

Solving The Mystery of Sewers, Mains, & Drains

Team Balkan is dedicated to taking the stress out of situations concerning your house drains, sewer lines, or water lines. Basically, it you have an issue with your plumbing, Balkan has the answer. Whether you need expert advice, or fast and professional service, you can count on Team Balkan. To see helpful plumbing videos visit our Balkan YouTube Channel. Our library of videos range from “how to videos”, to helpful tips, employee spotlights, job site reports, and even Balkan University. An educated consumer is truly our best client.

About Balkan Sewer And Water Main

The Balkan Team provides expert sewer and water main repairs and replacements. We are experts in all types of NYC underground plumbing. Balkan Sewer And Water Main Service was founded in 1952. Since its inception, the foundation of the company has been based upon integrity and honesty in all of our dealings. That solid foundation has enabled us to thrive in every economic climate. The year 2020 actually marks our 68th consecutive year in business. As we have grown, we have become increasingly dependent upon a “Team First” approach. What helps ensure a continuation of our high standards, overall integrity, and high company morale, is that same team approach. Complete client satisfaction has always been the number one goal at Balkan Sewer And Water Main. That is why we are NYC’s largest and most trusted sewer and water main service in New York City. Simply put, if it’s plumbing, and it’s underground, we do it. For almost 70 years, and for over 70,000 New Yorkers to date, Balkan is “The Team You Trust”.

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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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