Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Winterizing Your Septic System

If you own a summer house or cabin, now is the time to start thinking about winterizing the sewer system if you don’t plan to regularly use it this winter. If you do not winterize it, you could end up with a stinky mess next spring that could require a lot of time, money and hassle to fix. We can help with sewer replacement in Robbinsdale and the surrounding areas, but we would obviously prefer to help you avoid the expense and hassle associated with this if we can! So here are a few ways you can keep your sewer system in good shape this winter, especially if you will not be using it for a few months.

It might seem logical to put antifreeze in your summer home’s pipes and plumbing system, but this is a really bad idea and could lead to the need for sewer replacement. Instead, drain out all of the house’s water supplies. First, shut off the main water supply where it enters the house. Make sure the pump is drained by turning it on and letting it run for a couple of seconds to ensure all of the water is out.

Turn on all of the faucets in the home and leave them on, and then completely drain the pressure tank. Flush all of the toilets too. You can use an RV antifreeze in the tanks, but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommended dilution level.

After making sure all of the other pipes and hoses are fully drained, you should then turn off the water pump’s electrical source to ensure no water inadvertently enters the system while the cabin is not in use.

If you know you definitely will not be using your cabin or summer home until next spring, now is a good time to have the septic tank pumped. If the cabin is in an area that is known to have below freezing temperatures during the winter, then the sewage that is left in the system could freeze, and that could lead to expensive sewer repair or sewer replacement.

A clean and empty sewer tank is a better way of starting off your spring and summer vacation seasons.

Do you want more information on sewer replacement in Robbinsdale and the surrounding areas? Call us at Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Seven Signs You Need Sewer Repairs

You always want to be sure that the water and sewer systems at your New Hope home are in good shape. They are what carry your family’s waste out of your home and into your septic tank or into a public sewage system, so it is safe to say these systems are an incredibly crucial part of your home. If you suspect your home’s sewer system is in need of some work, there are some telltale signs you can watch out for.

  • Take a look at the toilets in your home. Keep an eye on the water levels. If the levels are suddenly too high or too low, or they seem to change throughout the day even when no one has flushed them, you should get your water and sewer systems looked at.
  • If you use a water-using appliance and your toilets or drains start to gurgle, this is another indication that you should call us for sewer repairs.
  • Are the other drains in your home backed up for no apparent reason? Or maybe they are all draining much slower than usual? If the answer is yes to either of these, then you should call us for help with your water and sewer systems. This is generally one of the best indications there is a problem.
  • Another sign of a problem with your water and sewer systems is if you are noticing a strange new odor in your home. This smell could permeate your home or the outside areas immediately surrounding your house.
  • Go to your basement or the lowest level of your home and take a look at the drains there. If you are seeing any signs of water build up or stains, call us because this is yet another indication that your water and sewer systems are in need of some work.
  • Then take a walk around the perimeter of your home: both outside and inside. If you see any water stains or other signs of water damage, again, this is a good time to call us for help with your water and sewer systems.
  • Finally, if you are noticing an increase in mice and other rodents in and around your home, call us for help. A broken sewer line can sometimes attract these critters to your house.

Do you need help with water and sewer systems in New Hope? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.