Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Advantages of Trenchless Sewer Line Repair

When you hear the term “sewer line repair,” you might think, “Oh no! My yard is going to be dug up!” Luckily, modern technology has provided us with a sewer repair option that doesn’t require your yard to be dug up. Trenchless sewer line repair has become popular in recent years for one big reason: it causes only a small, minimal disruption to your life and yard.

If you’re not sold on trenchless repairs, consider the following advantages:

Because nothing is being dug up and not restoration is involved, you often save more and don’t break the bank with trenchless repairs.

Traditional repair methods can take a few days to complete. Trenchless sewer line repairs are often much quicker, and jobs can sometimes be completed in a day or two.

An intact yard
Your yard won’t become an excavated hole with trenchless repairs. With traditional work, you’d have to worry about your driveway, patio and/or walkway being destroyed. With trenchless repairs, these stay intact, as the only digging that occurs is the two access points needed to reach the pipe.

No extra work
There will be no upturned soil, no uprooted tress and no damaged plants. When the job is done, it will be like the sewer and water repair company was never there.

Edina trenchless sewer line repair company Gene’s Water & Sewer excels at trenchless sewer repairs. Contact them today by visiting www.GenesWaterAndSewer.com

Monday, October 10, 2011

Water Line Repair or Water Line Replacement?

Every year, thousands of property owners are faced with repairing their water line or opting to have the entire system replaced. But, how do you decide which path to go? There are a few ways you can decide.

First, there’s the material your current main is made from: copper, brass or iron piping. For lines up to 2”, copper is used, while larger mains usually utilize iron. Brass is available on special request, or for 2 ½” lines. If it’s made from lead, you’ll most likely have to replace it as many municipalities do not allow repairs on lead or galvanized water lines.

Then, you have to consider the age of the line. The average useful life is around 50 years, and if older, the current main will probably need to be swapped out. Another thing one must think about is that metal becomes brittle as it ages, and connecting to an existing service usually comes with some sort of risk. Unless the water line is only a few years old, replacement is the common recommendation.

The final thing to think about is the costs involved in either direction. Materials comprise only around 20% of the job, with the rest of the cost being eaten by permits, restoration, labor, tools, equipment and more. Because of this, there is not usually a big difference in the costs between the two. Is the repair going to cost 50% or more of the cost of replacement? If so, it’s usually best to just get the replacement.

Need water line replacement in Minneapolis? Contact Gene’s Water & Sewer today by visiting www.GenesWaterAndSewer.com.