Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Thursday, May 24, 2018

What Your Sewer Could Be Trying to Tell You

Is your sewer trying to tell you something? Maybe it’s telling you it needs a simple repair. Or maybe, it’s telling you it needs to be replaced. Either way, the detection of sewer issues can make a big difference. While you may not ‘speak sewer,’ your sewer may be giving you signs that it is having trouble and is in dire need of sewer repair. In fact, there are a few common signs that indicate your sewer line has collapsed or is deteriorating rapidly. As professionals in sewer repair for Crystal and the surrounding areas, we’d like to provide you with some of the warning signs that can help you ‘speak sewer’ and give your sewer the repair it requires.


Have you noticed a patch of extra lush green grass in your yard? The leaking sewage can actually function as a fertilizer causing its healthy, green appearance. Constant wastewater and sanitary sewer blockages and backups, notice new cracks in the foundation slab, under the foundation or in the yard, sinkholes and foundation settlement are all signs your sewer could be in trouble.


Do you smell sewage marked by lingering sewer gas odor in and around your property? There is likely an issue with your sewer line.


Flooding or water spots in the basement or foundation especially around the drains, usually accompanied by a foul odor could mean trouble for your sewer.

Or, is water is draining very slowly from the sinks, toilets and bathtubs? This is another sign your sewer could be giving you. And, if there is noticeably decreased water pressure in the sink or shower, or varying water levels in your toilet bowl this could be another one.


Have you heard a loud gurgling noise coming from flow of water through pipes while using the shower or washing the dishes? Your sewer is trying to tell you something…


Another way your sewer lets itself known is in your wallet. There could be a sudden rise in the water bill compared to previous months indicating leakage and wastage of water.

These are just some of the ways your sewer tries to tell you it needs repair. If you do experience any of these issues, you should have your sewer inspected as soon as possible. It is extremely important to keep property drains and pipes clean and unclogged at all times. A clogged or damaged sewer line can have long-lasting effects on your home’s plumbing system if left unattended.

Do you think you might need sewer repair for your Crystal home? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Have You Ever Wondered How Water and Sewer Systems Work?

While your water and sewer system may appear to be a complex maze of pipes, it actually isn’t all that complicated. Your home plumbing, water and sewer systems are made up of three basic components: a water supply system, appliances and fixtures, and a drain system. At Gene’s Water and Sewer, we specialize in water and sewer systems in Richfield and the surrounding areas and are here to explain these interesting systems. Here is a brief rundown of how it all comes together:

  • Fresh water enters your home through the main water supply line connected to a municipal water company or your well. 
  • Upon entering your home the main supply line splits off, running to the hot water heater and throughout the pipes in the home to your bath tubs, clothes washers, dishwashers and sinks.
  • Wastewater or any other water used within the home that is not consumed enters the drain system to be removed from the home. 
  • The drain system within your home works entirely by gravity, allowing wastewater to flow downhill through a series of large pipes. You must take care of these systems to ensure they do not become clogged. 

Regular cleanings of your water and sewer systems performed by the professionals here at Gene’s Water & Sewer will go a long way in avoiding potential sewer system replacement. Gene’s Water and Sewer will gladly field any questions and concerns you have about your water and sewer systems and get you on our schedule.

In order to avoid problems with your water and sewer systems please remember you should never flush or dump solid objects, hair, cloth, grease or animal fats into your drain system. You should also never plant trees over or near sewer lines and if you experience problems that you cannot take care of yourself, you should always contact the experts for any necessary repairs or replacement. If you find that your plumbing is beyond the cleaning point and is in actual need of repair, options do exist. A trenchless sewer repair gets you a sewer system replacement and without a huge trench having to be dug in your yard. This type of sewer system replacement means you need not worry over having your property ripped up to have the replacement completed. This process is a lot less in the way of hassle that can be implemented at most homes and with most sewer systems.

Are you interested in getting more information about your water and sewer systems in Richfield? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Defining Sewer Lining and How it Works

What is sewer lining? Essentially, sewer lining allows for your pipes to be fixed with a very small amount of digging required. At Gene’s Water & Sewer, we know everything there is to know about sewer lining. Bloomington area homes have been entrusting us with all of their sewer needs for decades. That’s why we’ve put together a brief outline about sewer lining and trenchless sewer repairs. And, if you have any additional questions about it, do not hesitate to give us a call!

But how does sewer lining work? Sewer lining offers a more efficient, cost effective means to repair damaged pipes underground. It is a less pricey option in the long run as it eliminates the annoyance of having your yard or driveway completely dug up. The resin based sewer liners are “pull in place,” and make a one continuous pipe inside the existing sewer pipe. Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) or epoxy lining provides the same strength as a new pipe but without the hassle. The first step is we insert a camera into the broken pipe to take a look at the situation. We eye up the problem to make sure there are not more problems down the line. We will then make sure the pipe is cleaned using high pressure water and some other tools. Things like roots, mud and other debris are cleared out of the pipe before we put the new sewer liner in.

Going the trenchless or semi-trenchless route for your sewer lining implementation can even offer a better flow of waste from your home to the sewer system.  The cracks, fractures and bursts that create the need to have a new pipe drawn in to replace the old will become a thing of the past with trenchless sewer liner repair. We put together the resin needed for the inside of the sewer lining. With resin poured into the liner, we make sure this is evenly distributed throughout the liner. 

Did you know that trenchless sewer replacement is much cleaner than other options available? Sewer lining saves you the trouble of having your yard and landscaping uprooted. It also eliminates the need to dig up those nasty sewer lines. So there is no need to worry about hiring yet another company to come to your home to replant your landscaping or to fix anything.

Trenchless sewer replacement is the fastest option among sewer lining repair options. With the “no dig” technology, these repairs can usually be done in less than one day, which means minimal disruption for you and your family. We are proud of the work we provide and our ability to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.

Give us a call and we can discuss if trenchless repairs and sewer lining will work for your home. Interested in learning more about sewer lining in Bloomington or the surrounding areas? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Tips for Your Sewer: Repairs, Cleaning & Replacement

Warm weather is here and the fun filled days of summer are on their way. With approaching picnics, barbeques and afternoons entertaining guests, it can be especially important to check your sewer and ensure that it’s running as it should. If you experience a downed sewer system this summer, not only can it cause sewage to back up in your yard, it can also be grounds for a nasty, extensive clean up that can really ruin a picnic. But, there are ways to avoid this! If you find yourself in need of a sewer replacement at your Twin Cities home, you’ve got some options to help save your summer. At Gene’s Water & Sewer, we have had our share of experience in sewer replacement and would like to share some tips for you to consider.

 Only flush what you’re supposed to. Watching what you flush is a key player in keeping your sewer system up and running as it should. Be sensible with your flushes and do not flush anything down your toilets beside toilet paper and human waste. If you keep up with this, you can help avoid future sewer replacement.

Utilize regular cleaning. Regular cleanings of your sewer system from Gene’s Water & Sewer can go a long way in avoiding potential sewer replacement. Staying up-to-date on the needs of your sewer system is one of the best ways to ensure proper function for years to come. Notice something’s wrong? Contact a sewer replacement expert right away! It may only need a small repair.

Consider your tree placement. A tree’s root system grows deep into the ground and these roots can even grow into your sewer pipes, stressing and cracking them. Make sure you plant new trees as far away from your sewer pipes as possible to avoid a sewer replacement in the future.

If you find that cleaning doesn’t quite do the trick and your plumbing is in need of actual repairs, there are many options you can consider. A trenchless sewer repair gets you the sewer replacement you need without a huge trench having to be dug in your yard. This process works through the installation of a resin-based liner that is pulled through your existing pipes and inflated. The liner then adheres to the inside of your current piping, covering any cracks that may exist. A hole is only required at the deemed point of entry. This type of sewer replacement means you don’t need to worry about having your property ripped up right before prime gardening and barbequing season.

You may not be able to put off a sewer system replacement for too long, but, you can take some steps to keep your sewer system in its best possible shape. For more information about sewer replacement in the Twin Cities, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

All About Sewer Replacement

Looking into sewer replacement in St. Paul and surrounding areas? In our experience at Gene’s Water and Sewer, there are a few unknowns when it comes to sewer replacement. That’s why we’ve provided a few of the most common questions we’ve received in our over 35 years of experience in the industry. We hope these answers will provide you with the knowledge you’re looking for when it comes to the sewer replacement process. And if your question isn’t in here, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

How many different types of sewer replacement are there?
We offer a variety of sewer replacement services, including semi-trenchless, trenchless and traditional.

What are the warning signs I need my sewer line replaced?
Some of the early signs include gurgling noises coming from the toilet, water that drains slower than normally or a sinkhole in your yard. If you start to smell sewage, it is best to call sewer replacement and repair experts to have them come out and take a look.

How long it take?
That all depends on the type of replacement required. It could be a simple process or a more extensive one. If we are able to use trenchless repair technology, the work could be done in about one day.

How do I know what kind of sewer replacement I need?
That’s based on what’s best for your specific home and yard and can be determined by a few variables.  The experts at Gene’s Water & Sewer will come out to your home and determine the best method of replacing your sewer system.

How much does a sewer replacement usually cost?
When it comes to trenchless sewer replacement, the overall costs are lower compared to traditional sewer replacement. It is hard to know what kind of replacement you will need, so call Gene’s Water & Sewer today to receive a free estimate!

Do I need a professional to perform a sewer replacement?
Yes. For your sewer replacement, only trust a company that is fully licensed, bonded and insured. In addition to this, Gene’s Water & Sewer has been family owned and operated since 1977. We are also a licensee in supplying the patented “Nu Flow Technologies” trenchless line, the only true no dig process. We have a proven track record, having thousands of traditional water and sewer repairs under our belt.

Do you have any additional questions about sewer replacement in St. Paul? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer today at 612-781-3737 or Contact Us.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Avoid Sewer Repair With Common Sense and Care

Sewer lines and drains, when clogged or bogged down, can be an all-consuming nightmare for homeowners—especially if a back-up occurs. A foul mess has the very distinct possibility of spilling out and into your home. What’s more, once things get to this stage, you quite likely have a pricey sewer repair on your hands. As New Hope sewer repair specialists, we at Gene’s Water & Sewer would like to extend our thoughts on a few things that you can do to help prevent back-ups to your sewer network.

Always take the proper cautions when it comes to the utilization of harsh chemicals. Dispose of these wares properly. Do not pour any liquids of these sorts down your sewer or other drains within the home. Do not plant new trees anywhere near your sewer lines as the roots of your trees seek out any water source they can gain access to. Should your sewer line end up as this source, any and all piping therein can crack or break, resulting in even more required sewer repair.

Never ever pour cooking grease down a drain or even a toilet. Grease from cooking should be stored in a glass container. Just a little bit of grease sent through your sewer lines can create a massive drain back up. As a precautionary (and just plain wise) measure, always use a back-flow prevention device that will aid in keeping water moving in the right and proper direction.

Your piping and drains need a good cleansing off and on over time. Pour a cup of baking soda down your drains to provide a little cleaning to help prevent expensive sewer repair. Follow this up by pouring a cup of white vinegar down the same drains. Lastly, boil up some water, pour that down those very same drains, to wash all of those cleaning agents through the system to help clean up any build-up down the sewer line.

Do not flush anything down the toilet other than standardized and acceptable human waste and toilet paper. Too much flushing away non-toileting fare could add up to a sewer repair.

Follow these easy tips to avoid a costly sewer repair, likely and often the dreaded, property destroying traditional sewer repair. If multiple bursts occur throughout the sewer line, a full sewage system back-up or clog has emerged, or tree roots grow into and crack pipes, a sewer repair or even replacement is likely in order. The average sewer replacement bill in New Hope can run anywhere from $2000-$15,000, depending on a wide array of circumstances.

New Hope calls upon Gene’s Water & Sewer for such work. 38 years of experience, consistent on-time job completion and a money back guaranteed $99 camera inspection, Gene’s does it right. 
So when you need sewer repair in New Hope, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Your Water and Sewer May Never Be Newer

The task of water and sewer system replacement is a big project. It may just be that after a certain point in time you are left with no choice other than to pursue it, especially if your water or sewer lines are leaking. So what are some indicators that will let you know if your need a water and sewer system replacement for your Maple Grove area home?

Sewer System

A back-up will likely serve as your first indication that something is amiss within your sewer line. This is especially the case of this back-up occurs in the lowest plumbing fixture within the house. So, if your lower level is stocked with a sink, shower and/or toilet and one of those items enter a state of back-up, it can be because of a broken sewer line. Should you not have a basement, apply the same sort of thinking to the first floor, or the bathroom closest to where the sewer line exits your home. By using cameras we can check the sewer line for any clogs or debris and attempt to clear it to get things moving correctly again. One scenario that will not allow for the avoidance of a water and sewer system replacement will be if tree roots have grown into or otherwise hindered the abilities of flow from your pipes.

Water System

Many signs will let you know that there are issues with your water line. In the case of a leak, take heed of your water bill amount, which may be higher monthly. The leak could be so large that there may be greener areas of your yard, even standing water which can build up in your yard or by the curb as the lines near the municipal portion of the water line. 

Gene’s Water & Sewer offers several solutions to water and sewer problems. We can use our fiber optic cameras to pinpoint the source of backups and flush them out, solving the problem. If the problem is bigger than just a clog, we offer water and sewer pipe replacement services. If the pipes are in an area that would be difficult to excavate, we can pull in a new water service or directionally boar a new water line.

If you are in need of water and sewer system replacement in Maple Grove, talk to Gene’s Water & Sewer to get things flowing again. Call us today at (612) 781-3737. You can also fill out our online form to receive a Free Estimate.