Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Merry Christmas! Are Your Sewer Pipes Clean?

Christmas is upon us, and the last thing you want to deal with when you have all of your family and friends over is a backed up sewer line. Gene’s Water and Sewer can help if you have any sewer problems, but what can you do in the meantime to prevent sewage back-ups?

Regardless of how old your home is, it’s important for you to remember to not put harmful items down your drain. A few examples of these harmful items are animal fat, grease, oil, coffee grounds and egg shells. When your guests are over, ask them to avoid flushing items like diapers, cleaning wipes, sanitary napkins, paper towels or a huge amount of toilet paper. Ask the same of your immediate family members too.

Take the time to find your sanitary sewer line to see where the sewage exits your home. Usually you will find it in the basement or crawl spaces. Note the flow direction so if you do need to call in the experts, like Gene’s Water and Sewer, you can tell the technician where the sewage line is. And when the technician comes out, ask a few questions about how clogged the sewage lines were and what you can do to prevent clogs in the future. Maybe you need to have the pipes cleaned more frequently, or maybe there is someone in your household who is flushing items they shouldn’t be. Sometimes, sewage lines get backed up because of invasive tree roots. You can buy root killing products, or you can invest in some landscaping that can help prevent these tree roots from invading your sewage system and causing more problems later on down the road. 

We here at Gene’s Water and Sewer want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And for all of your sewage pipe repair needs, you can call us at (612) 781-3737 or contact us online for a free estimate.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winter Pipe Maintenance

When the mercury takes a nosedive, water in your pipes can freeze, causing them to rupture. Next thing you know, your Twin Cities water systems are all flooding your home, ruining your furnishings, and you have to pay to have it all repaired and replaced. It’s expensive and problematic. But you can avoid this for your Twin Cities water system by following these valuable tips from Gene's Water and Sewer. 

Wrap Up for Winter
If exposed, wrap your Twin Cities water system with insulating material. Pipes under kitchen sinks, in crawl spaces, near windows or in unheated basements are areas especially vulnerable to sub-zero hazards. Be sure to look at any point a pipe leaves/enters the home. 

Locate Your Shut-off Valve
Find the inside water shut-off valve for your TwinCities water system now! (Actually, when you’re done reading this.) The shut-off valve controls all of the water coming into your home. If a pipeline bursts, knowing the location of the shut-off valve, and how to turn it off, can save precious time and help avoid water damage.  

The shut-off valve may be located in the basement, in a utility closet, near a shower, under the kitchen sink, near the hot water heater or even under the house in a crawlspace.

If you find it, turn it to the off position to protect your Twin Cities water system. Then attempt to turn on each of the faucets in your home; if no water comes out, you’ve found the main shut-off valve!  Once you locate the main shut-off valve to your Twin Cities water system, mark it so everyone in the household can locate it should an emergency crop up.

Be Certain You Have it Covered
This isn’t too difficult a concept but often homeowners with Twin Cities water systems overlook this. Cover exposed pipe areas with something to protect the water systems from the elements, nomatter how large or small the piping. Keep the garage door closed if you have a slab foundation. Some water pipes are located under concrete floors in the garage.

Are you in need of Twin Cities water system repairs? Give us a call today at 612-781-3737 or contact us  online.