Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

How to Avoid Costly Sewer Repair

One of the worst problems a homeowner can face is a backed up sewer line or drain. It’s messy and smelly, and sometimes it can result in the need for costly sewer repair. We are Robbinsdale sewer repair specialists, and we have some suggestions on what to do and what not to do to help prevent sewer problems.

You should always collect grease from your kitchen in a separate glass container. Never throw it down your sink drain or down a toilet. Even a small amount of grease can cause those drains to back up. You should also always use a back-flow prevention device. This will help keep the water moving in the correct direction.

If you want to give your drains a good cleaning to help prevent expensive sewer repair, pour a cup of baking soda down the drain and then a cup of white vinegar right after. After that, pour a cup of boiling water in the drain to wash it all down.

Make sure no one flushes anything down the toilet other than waste and toilet paper. Even personal hygiene items should not be flushed. Too much of this and you might need to look into sewer repair.

After you are done painting or using another type of harsh chemical (like car oil), the chemical should be properly disposed of. Never pour any of it down a sewer or other drain like that. And if you are doing some landscaping, make sure you don’t plant any trees near the sewer lines. Tree roots naturally seek any water source they can find. And if they decide to use your sewer as their water source, that could crack or break the pipes leading to it. And that just results in even more sewer repair.

So when you need sewer repair in Robbinsdale, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Monday, October 20, 2014

What to Do with a Clogged Drain

When you think you have a problem with your water and sewer systems, it can be a huge source of stress. There are few things worse than not being able to flush a toilet or use a shower because the entire system is backed up. We repair water and sewer systems in Crystal, so we have a few suggestions on how to tell and what to do if your water and sewer systems are backed up. Some of these repairs are simple enough that the average person can take care of them. But for bigger issues, you are going to want to contact the experts here at Gene’s Water & Sewer.

The biggest sign that there is a problem is if more than one drain is clogged in your home or if you need to unclog the drains more often than usual. In order to unclog the main drain of your sewer pipe, you first have to find it. Usually it’s in your basement or lower level, or it is outside between the outer wall of your home and your septic tank or city sewer line.

You can use a plumber’s snake to unclog the drain to get your water and sewer systems back up and running. Insert it into the sewer pipe and start turning the hand crank to bore into the pipe and through the clog. You can also use a sewer jetter nozzle on a power washer. These will generally clear out the clog pretty quickly. Just be sure to wear some eye protection and rubber gloves.

Of course, for bigger repairs or if you are not sure of how to properly use a snake or sewer jetter nozzle, you will want to call in the experts like us. 

If you have clogged water and sewer systems in Crystal, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or get a Free Estimate.