Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Monday, September 21, 2015

FAQs about Sewer System Replacement

As a company that offers sewer system replacement in Crystal and the surrounding areas, we often hear the same questions from our customers before, during and after the replacement process. So we thought we would take the time to answer the ones we hear the most often.

Q: I keep hearing about trenchless sewer repairs. What are they and why are they so popular?

A: Trenchless sewer repair is becoming more and more popular as more homeowners learn about what it is. It is basically the only true “no dig” technology where a resin-based liner is pulled through your existing pipes. It is then “inflated” using special equipment and it will then adhere to the old pipe, filling in cracks and other small fissures. This is a great way to avoid digging up your lawn, grass, driveway and landscaping when you need a sewer system replacement or repair done.

Q: What are some common reasons people call you for help with sewer system replacement?

A: Some of the biggest culprits when it comes to damaging your sewer system are tree roots. They can grow into your pipes and cause them to crack, which can then cause a leak or other issues. When you are planting new trees, make sure you figure out where your sewer system is and plant them as far from them as possible. You should also have your sewer system and pipes cleaned out on a regular basis.

Q: What are some ways I can avoid sewer system replacement or, at the very least, avoid it for as long as possible?

A: As we mentioned before, watch where you plant trees and other plants with extensive root systems. Make sure your sewer pipes are professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Also, make sure you do not flush anything down your toilets besides human waste and toilet paper. If anything else is flushed on a regular basis, it can cause problems with your system and could eventually lead to the need for sewer system replacement.

These are only three of the questions we hear the most about sewer system replacement and repair. Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more or to ask a question that was not on this list!

Do you want to learn more about sewer system replacement in Crystal? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Friday, September 11, 2015

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

It might be hard to believe, but winter is right around the corner and with it comes a variety of concerns such as pipes freezing and then bursting. We specialize in helping with sewer lining in Minneapolis MN and the surrounding areas, but we thought we would take the time to discuss how to prevent frozen pipes.

The first thing you should do is turn off any outside water lines. Take your garden hose, if you have one, and remove it from the hose bibb. Drain the hose in your garden or shed and then make sure the interior shut off valve is fully closed.

Pipes that run along exterior walls are especially at risk of freezing. Get a professional insulation company to assess your home’s insulation and get more added if it’s necessary.

Flush your home’s hot water tank to help remove sediment. That helps the tank work more efficiently. It will have to work harder in the winter than in the summer simply because the water flowing into it is colder, so it takes more effort on the water heater’s part to get that water nice and hot.

Don’t forget about your sewer either! Partially plugged or clogged sewers can easily get frozen during the winter time. This can cause a variety of problems, and you might need to contact us about sewer lining if your sewer pipes crack or break.

Make sure your house’s foundation and crawl space vents are closed. This will help keep the cold air from freezing pipes. You should also be sure that any irrigation systems at your home are winterized. A professional irrigation company should come to your home for a fall blow out. This is where they blow all of the air out of the irrigation system with compressed air.

Your main sewer line should be open and flowing, and this is especially for an overhead sewer or septic system. You should also have your septic tank serviced every three to five years to ensure the incoming line does not freeze or back up.

Finally, keep an eye on your sewer lines and all of your pipes and if any of them seem to be backing up or experiencing problems, call in professionals for help.

For more information on sewer lining in Minneapolis, call us at Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate.