Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Friday, December 28, 2012

Sewer Repair Material Options

Sewer repair is not something one wants to deal with under the best if circumstances. It is messy, can take a day or two to deal with and expensive. However, it can be a necessary evil for property owners. In years past, the types of material used for sewer/plumbing were somewhat limited, but today there is a variety of choices available when installing new or making sewer repairs. Each of them have their own pros and cons, so if dealing with sewer repair is something you are facing, or perhaps hoping to avoid, then being aware of your options, is important. Here is a list of the more common sewer repair or installation choices.

  • Cast Iron – As one of the oldest materials used in sewer lines and plumbing, cast iron is still used from time to time but it is more commonly found in many historic buildings and older construction.
  • Copper – This is still considered the standard in sewer repair and installation as it is a softer material, making it easier to manipulate; it is non-toxic for people and animals, and does not corrode. There are three types of copper piping used (L, M and K); type is based on the job being done. Most common for above the ground sewer repair and installation is Type M as it is the thinnest, while L and K are thicker and are better for in the ground sewer concerns.
  • Lead – Because lead has been found to be toxic, it is never used in new construction and in buildings or homes where lead pipes have been used; they are commonly replaced as part of a sewer repair job.
  • Plastic – This is perhaps the most recent sewer repair choice available. Although there are some sewer repair professionals who do not like it, plastic is still a popular choice as it is less costly, doesn’t corrode and easier to cut than copper; however, if not installed properly it can crack or break, so be sure that it is professionally installed rather than taking it on as  a DIY project.
  • Steel – Another common material once used in sewer repair and installation is galvanized steel. It was used because of the zinc coating which served as rust preventative. However, because of issues such as flaking on the interior of the pipe’s walls versus the many advantages of copper of plastic, steel is slowly becoming a rare choice in sewer repair or installation.
As you can see, the choices in sewer repair are varied. Consequently, it is best to leave that determination to the professionals. Here at Gene’s Water and Sewer Repair in Maple Grove, MN we have years of experience and will be happy to help you determine the best approach to your sewer repair or installation need.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tips on Taking Care of a Sewer System

There are many things a homeowner must take care of, and that includes the water and sewage. When a sewer line isn't working like it should and you need to call a Minneapolis sewer system repair company, it can be problematic. Luckily, there are several preventative measures you can take, as one article recently noted:
Keeping your plumbing and sewer system in good working order is not a difficult task. It does take some due diligence on your part, but it is doable.
That due diligence includes never putting bacon grease, fat, oils and so forth down the kitchen drain; flushing items like paper towels, feminine care items, diapers and the like down the toilet; not dumping cleaning fluids, anti-freeze, etc. down the kitchen sink; and making sure the traps and drains of your sink and tub are cleaned out often.

Read the entire article: "Keeping it Clean: Taking Care of Your Sewer System."

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sewer Lining Facts for Homeowners

If you're getting ready to call somebody to come out to your property and dig up your old sewer pipes, stop. Have you considered Minneapolis sewer lining repairs that DON'T involve your yard or lawn being dug up? These repairs - called trenchless - are done underground, and essentially replace your old pipe with a new one, without the need for big holes. In a recent article, it was noted that:
The trench method involves major disruption to landscaping, walkways, driveways, and in some cases to flooring and foundations.
We know that sewer repairs can be enough of a nuisance thanks to all the noise and digging. So, if you can lessen the pain a bit, why wouldn't you? By having the repairs done through the trenchless method, you can save your yard or driveway from being replaced, and have the repairs done quickly in an efficient manner.

Read the entire article: "Sewer Lining: Facts for Property Owners."

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The advantages to no-dig sewer repairs

Traditionally, when you had problems with your sewer lining, the repair people would have to dig up the line in order to fix the problem. Now, thanks to advances in technology, what is broken underground can be repaired above ground. Minneapolis sewer lining replacement that doesn’t dig up your yard (i.e. trenchless pipe replacement) saves you from having to replant, re-sod and reseed once the repair trucks have left. We wrote an article a while back on the advantages of no dig repairs and noted:

These advantages pose a less stressful and more cost effective means of repairs. No-dig repairs can be done in any weather and are sure to make the neighbors happy, as their properties won't be disturbed during the process.

It can be stressful enough having to get your sewer line fixed, and you don’t need the added stress of trying to figure out how you’re going to get your landscaping back in order. Plus, while your neighbors will more than likely be understanding about the need for repairs, you still want to be as courteous as possible and not make too much of a ruckus that can disturb them. And with trenchless pipe repairs, you do just that.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Benefits of Sewer Lining

For those who take a lot of pride in their landscape, and are proud of the hard work they've put into it, it can be someone troubling when a sewer-related problem creeps up. Back before trenchless sewer lining repair technology became more widespread, a sewer repair project meant completely digging up all of the pipes under the ground. This also meant destroying whatever was on the surface.

Luckily, the process of sewer lining is around to save a lot of homeowners from major headaches. Instead of having to dig up and replace entire pipes, sewer lining requires one hole to be dug, and uses technology that can line an existing pipe that is damaged. This essentially creates a pipe within the damaged pipe, and can not only save your yard from being completely dug up, but can also save you major costs since you won't have to replace large pipes and have more man hours spent on your project.

If you have a sewer pipe problem, you can call Gene's Water and Sewer for Minneapolis sewer lining service at (612) 781-3737.

Monday, May 7, 2012

How Does Sewer Lining Work?

The process of sewer lining can help fix a pipe without the need for excessive digging. Instead of replacing a pipe with another pipe, your existing pipe housing is used and a "thread" soaked in resin is inserted into your pipe using a probe. When the probe is pulled out and the sewer lining thread is left intact, the thread hardens and becomes a sort of "pipe within a pipe." Your pipe once again will function normally, and you'll see the benefits of a pipe repair without the mess of a full pipe replacement.

Gene's Water & Sewer has been serving the Twin Cities metro for over 35 years, performing trenchless sewer repairs using sewer lining methods and technologies. Contact us today at (612) 781-3737, or complete our free sewer lining estimate form online.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

FAQs about Sewer Lining

Trenchless sewer repair allows us to perform repairs to sewer pipes that are not as disruptive as full replacements. Instead of digging up an entire pipe to replace, we can instead use a sewer lining to repair the broken or worn parts of the pipe without replacing the whole thing. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about sewer lining and how it is used in trenchless sewer repair.

Which pipes can be lined?
A number of different pipe types can be repaired with sewer liner. PVC, ductile iron, concrete, clay, or cast iron -- all can be lined.

How long does a sewer liner last?
The life expectancy of a sewer liner is approximately 50 years.

Can spot repairs be performed?
Yes! The advantage of performing trenchless repairs is that only the damaged parts of the pipe have to be repaired, and no major digging is required to make those repairs happen.

Interested in learning more about how sewer lining can help repair your pipe? Give Gene's Water & Sewer a call today at (612) 781-3737.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Signs You Might Need a Sewer Line Repair

"You need a sewer line repair."

Not exactly what you want to hear from your plumbing specialist, but if you do, it usually means something has gone wrong.

Before you call a plumbing specialist, such as Gene's Water & Sewer, here are a few signs you might need a sewer line repair.

  • Changing water levels in your toilet bowl.
    Is the water in your toilet bowl normal, then low, then high, depending on when you see it? This can point to problems with your sewer line.
  • Strange smells or sounds coming from your plumbing.
    If your sewer line isn't functioning as it should, debris and waste could be getting caught in it, causing strange smells to come from your system. Strange sounds can also present themselves when things aren't quite working right.
  • Slow-draining pipes.
    When the line is backed up or has broken in one or more areas, drainage can slow significantly. This most likely will lead to a sewer line repair.
 Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? If so, give Gene's Water & Sewer a call today, or complete our free sewer repair estimate form.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Why Your Sewer Might Become Clogged

Bad news: your sewer line is clogged. Now, when you flush, nothing moves. Not a good situation to be in, right?

Narrowing down the cause of your clogged sewer line is a job for Gene's Water and Sewer. After taking a look at your sewer system, Gene's might find that roots have broken into your septic line, attracted by the water vapor leaving the pipe. Another cause could be foreign objects that have become wedged inside your pipe, allowing nothing else to pass through. Lastly, there are instances when your sewer line will simply collapse, leaving your waste with nowhere to go.

Gene's Water and Sewer can take care of any clogged sewer problems you're facing. Call 612-781-3737 or request a free sewer repair estimate.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

How Does a Septic System Work?

Those outside large cities and metros usually have to rely on a private septic system to get rid of waste from their home. There are three types of sewer systems these homeowners can use: anaerobic; aerobic; and hybrid aerobic/anaerobic system.

The process generally starts when waste leaves the home. Waste travels through a 4-inch pipe, moved only by gravity. When it reaches the tank, waste is dividing into three sections in the tank -- sludge at the bottom, an effluent section in the middle, and surface scum at the top. Over time, the surface scum and bottom sludge are broken down by your waste's naturally present bacteria.

Does your septic or sewer system need repaired? Give Gene's Water & Sewer a call at 612-781-3737.