Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How to Keep Your Sewer from Freezing this Winter

As experts in sewer repair in Edina, we are often asked by our customers about how to prevent sewers and septic systems from freezing during the winter. There are several things you can do to help avoid this problem and the need for sewer repair. Here are a few tips.

When the snow falls, you might be tempted to remove it from the top of your septic system. You might assume that the snow cover will cause your sewage system to freeze. However, uncompacted snow is actually a great insulator. So when the snow falls, leave it on top of your septic system to help keep it from freezing. You can help keep the snow from compacting by not allowing anyone to drive a four-wheeler or other heavy equipment over your septic system. This can help prevent the need for sewer repair.

During the warm months, if you haven’t already, consider planting some plants and other vegetation over your septic system. This can also help keep your septic system well insulated, plus it can help make your yard and landscaping look nice!

Another great way to avoid sewer repair is to make sure the sewer system is regularly used. That means if you are going to be away from your home for any length of time, you should make sure you shut off all water pipes so they do not freeze. And when you are there, make sure to use the system as frequently as possible. Water flowing through the pipes helps prevent them from freezing.

You should also be sure that no pipes inside or outside of your home are leaking. If any are, you should get them fixed as soon as possible. The leak sends a trickle of water into your system, and that trickle can freeze in the pipe and then cause the entire pipe to freeze. Keeping a close eye on your plumbing system can help prevent sewer repair and any other damage.

Do you need sewer repair in Edina? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or contact us and get a Free Estimate.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

How to Avoid Expensive Sewer Repair

One of the most stressful parts of owning a home is when your sewer and drains back up. It’s frustrating, especially if you can’t figure out what caused the backup or damage. So here are a few suggestions on how to avoid sewer repair in Richfield and the surrounding areas.

Watch What You Flush
The only two things that should be flushed down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Do not flush food, wipes, paper, feminine hygiene products or anything else down your toilet. Sticking to this rule can help you avoid sewer repair.

Watch What You Pour
Do not pour grease down your drains. Over time, the grease can build up and cause the need for expensive drain and sewer repair. When you need to dispose of grease, pour it into a glass jar, cover it up and throw it out with the rest of your trash.

Do Some Regular Maintenance
Every month or so, pour a mixture of baking soda and salt down the drain. Then pour a cup of vinegar in right after. After that, run hot water down the drain and let the water run for a few minutes to rinse all of the baking soda, salt and vinegar out of the drain. That should help clear out any built-up debris from your drains and could also help you avoid drain and sewer repair.

Invest in a Drain Trap
Drain traps are inexpensive and can be purchased just about anywhere. Put one over your drain to catch any debris, hair or other items that could get backed up in your drains. This is a small investment but it’s also one that could save you money on expensive drain and sewer repair.

Get Your Drains and Sewers Inspected Regularly
On a yearly basis, call a company like Gene’s Water & Sewer for an inspection. We can come to your home and take a look at your drains, pipes and sewer to ensure everything is in good working order. A little bit of prevention in this scenario could save you a bundle on sewer repair later on down the road.

Are you in need of sewer repair in Richfield? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.