Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Monday, January 13, 2014

How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing and Breaking

It's winter. It's beyond cold. These past couple of weeks, you've probably had to go to some unusual measures to keep warm. Some of you may have even had to deal with some unusual circumstances, like frozen pipes. While this recent article covered how to avoid frozen pipes, your sewer lines are somewhat different. In this blog, we're going to provide you with some tips to help keep your water and sewer lines flowing smoothly for the rest of the winter.

Can My Sewer Lines Freeze?
You may think your sewer lines are deep enough in the ground to prevent them from freezing. This is true in most cases, but some properties have shallow sewer lines installed. This would affect the freezing point. Another thing to be aware of is that your sewer lines are much more likely to freeze if there is a small, consistent leak in the pipes. Our team of sewer line repair experts can do an analysis to see if this is happening in your pipes.

Preventing Frozen Pipes
Though it may seem obvious, pipes freeze because they are cold. Now is the time to go through your home and check for any cracks or other openings where it is possible for freezing air to come in contact with your pipes. Sealing any gaps is step one in preventing your pipes from freezing. If you spend some time stopping them from freezing, it may save you a headache and some money in the long run.

Call for Help
At the first sign of a problem, call our team of sewer and water pipe repair experts to help! Don't wait until it's too late. What may be a minor fix at one point may turn into a bigger repair if left unattended. Don't try to attempt any do-it-yourself fixes that may cause even more damage. We have the latest technology to get you back in working order in no time!

If you're experiencing problems with your water and sewer lines, contact us today by calling 612-781-3737 or contactus online.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

St. Paul Trenchless Sewer Replacement

At Gene's Water & Sewer, we are huge fans of Nu Flow Technologies. It's a great no-dig technology for St. Paul trenchless sewer replacement. In this blog, we are going to give you a brief overview of this technology and why we use it so often for St. Paul homes.
The main benefit of this type of trenchless sewer replacement is the fact that it is truly “no dig.” That means money and time are saved compared to traditional digging methods. Also, this trenchless sewer replacement can line and replace most St. Paul sewer systems without any digging. These days, the environment is a huge concern for most people, cities and governments. The old systems are slowly but surely breaking down, and governments are looking for ways to repair or replace these old systems. But they want something that will be cost-effective and minimally invasive to the environment.
One of the best parts about trenchless sewer replacement is that Nu Flow pipes are much smoother than the old pipes, so flow capacity is increased. And when you look above-ground, there are no unsightly excavations. There is no need to worry about any damage to your St. Paul home or yard from trenchless sewer replacement – landscaping and structural components of homes are all completely safe and left as is.
Some other perks of this trenchless sewer replacement are that the lining can be installed on nonstandard pipes, it can mold to the host pipe that is already in place, we can install it under slab concrete and we can use closed-circuit TV cameras to do the replacements or installations. This is, again, great news for St. Paul homeowners because this means minimal disruption to their day-to-day lives, their homes and their landscaping.
If you would like more information on trenchless sewer replacement for your St. Paul home, give us a call at (612) 781-3737 or contact us online and get a free estimate.