Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems
 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Avoid Sewer Repair With Common Sense and Care

Sewer lines and drains, when clogged or bogged down, can be an all-consuming nightmare for homeowners—especially if a back-up occurs. A foul mess has the very distinct possibility of spilling out and into your home. What’s more, once things get to this stage, you quite likely have a pricey sewer repair on your hands. As New Hope sewer repair specialists, we at Gene’s Water & Sewer would like to extend our thoughts on a few things that you can do to help prevent back-ups to your sewer network.

Always take the proper cautions when it comes to the utilization of harsh chemicals. Dispose of these wares properly. Do not pour any liquids of these sorts down your sewer or other drains within the home. Do not plant new trees anywhere near your sewer lines as the roots of your trees seek out any water source they can gain access to. Should your sewer line end up as this source, any and all piping therein can crack or break, resulting in even more required sewer repair.

Never ever pour cooking grease down a drain or even a toilet. Grease from cooking should be stored in a glass container. Just a little bit of grease sent through your sewer lines can create a massive drain back up. As a precautionary (and just plain wise) measure, always use a back-flow prevention device that will aid in keeping water moving in the right and proper direction.

Your piping and drains need a good cleansing off and on over time. Pour a cup of baking soda down your drains to provide a little cleaning to help prevent expensive sewer repair. Follow this up by pouring a cup of white vinegar down the same drains. Lastly, boil up some water, pour that down those very same drains, to wash all of those cleaning agents through the system to help clean up any build-up down the sewer line.

Do not flush anything down the toilet other than standardized and acceptable human waste and toilet paper. Too much flushing away non-toileting fare could add up to a sewer repair.

Follow these easy tips to avoid a costly sewer repair, likely and often the dreaded, property destroying traditional sewer repair. If multiple bursts occur throughout the sewer line, a full sewage system back-up or clog has emerged, or tree roots grow into and crack pipes, a sewer repair or even replacement is likely in order. The average sewer replacement bill in New Hope can run anywhere from $2000-$15,000, depending on a wide array of circumstances.

New Hope calls upon Gene’s Water & Sewer for such work. 38 years of experience, consistent on-time job completion and a money back guaranteed $99 camera inspection, Gene’s does it right. 
So when you need sewer repair in New Hope, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Your Water and Sewer May Never Be Newer

The task of water and sewer system replacement is a big project. It may just be that after a certain point in time you are left with no choice other than to pursue it, especially if your water or sewer lines are leaking. So what are some indicators that will let you know if your need a water and sewer system replacement for your Maple Grove area home?

Sewer System

A back-up will likely serve as your first indication that something is amiss within your sewer line. This is especially the case of this back-up occurs in the lowest plumbing fixture within the house. So, if your lower level is stocked with a sink, shower and/or toilet and one of those items enter a state of back-up, it can be because of a broken sewer line. Should you not have a basement, apply the same sort of thinking to the first floor, or the bathroom closest to where the sewer line exits your home. By using cameras we can check the sewer line for any clogs or debris and attempt to clear it to get things moving correctly again. One scenario that will not allow for the avoidance of a water and sewer system replacement will be if tree roots have grown into or otherwise hindered the abilities of flow from your pipes.

Water System

Many signs will let you know that there are issues with your water line. In the case of a leak, take heed of your water bill amount, which may be higher monthly. The leak could be so large that there may be greener areas of your yard, even standing water which can build up in your yard or by the curb as the lines near the municipal portion of the water line. 


Gene’s Water & Sewer offers several solutions to water and sewer problems. We can use our fiber optic cameras to pinpoint the source of backups and flush them out, solving the problem. If the problem is bigger than just a clog, we offer water and sewer pipe replacement services. If the pipes are in an area that would be difficult to excavate, we can pull in a new water service or directionally boar a new water line.

If you are in need of water and sewer system replacement in Maple Grove, talk to Gene’s Water & Sewer to get things flowing again. Call us today at (612) 781-3737. You can also fill out our online form to receive a Free Estimate.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Consequences of Not Caring for Your Plumbing



A backed up sewer line or drain can be a nightmare for a homeowner. Smelly and messy, this terror can lead to costly sewer repair. St Paul sewer repair specialists, we would like to provide some ideas on what to you should and should not do to help avoid sewer issues.

After completing a project involving some type of harsh chemical, be sure to dispose of the chemical properly. 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 access. If they want to use your sewer as their water source, that may crack or break the pipes leading to it, resulting in even more sewer repair.

Collect grease from your kitchen in a separate glass container. Do not dispose of it down your sink drain or 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.

Pour a cup of baking soda down your drains, if you want to give them a good cleaning to help prevent expensive sewer repair. Next, pour a cup of white vinegar down the same drain. 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.

Not following these tips can lead to very costly sewer repair, such as an all-encompassing traditional sewer repair. If multiple bursts occur throughout the sewer line, a full sewage system back-up or clog has emerged, or tree roots grow into and crack pipes, a sewer repair or even replacement is likely in order. The average sewer replacement bill in St Paul can run anywhere from $2000-$15,000, depending on a wide array of circumstances. 

St Paul calls upon Gene’s Water & Sewer for such work. 38 years of experience, consistent on-time job completion and a money back guaranteed $99 camera inspection, Gene’s does it right.So when you need sewer repair in St Paul, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Water System Through the Ages



Civilization would not have blossomed into what we know today without the help of efficient, reliable water and sewer systems. Humans banding together into population groups that ultimately formed into cities and towns were dependent upon steady water supply to maintain burgeoning numbers of growth. 

Early civilized humans developed in largely dry (if not desert) areas, as near a natural source of water as was possible. Many populations found underground supplies of water, dug wells and were able to provide for their basic hydro needs in this fashion. Those groups that failed in these areas suffered dehydration and often death. As time passed, understanding in engineering led ultimately to the manipulation of water as it existed in its natural state (river, stream) and through varying forms brought the water to the population base.

The Indus Valley and Ancient Greek civilizations, known more for their sewage systems, both possessed public water systems. The Ancient Greeks of Athens and Asia Minor employed underground clay pipes for water, most notably for pressurized shower systems.

The most famous of water system creations in the ancient world lies within the Roman Aqueduct. The principle of the ancient aqueduct is simple, complex in construction. Water stored in higher elevations rode brick, concrete or stone structures in a slight downward gradient through the force of gravity alone into towns and cities for a wide range of purposes. They were built with such efficiency that several are at least partially in use today.

If you find yourself in the Minneapolis area and are in need of water and sewer system installation or repair work, look no further than Gene’s Water and Sewer, a local company with 38 years of experience in the field. Through the use of Nu Flow technology, Gene’s can put your water and sewer systems in touch with some of the basic ancient world principles of clay piping, which, ultimately makes for a cleaner flow of water and/or unmentionable to and from your Minneapolis home.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Benefits of Sewer Lining

Replacing a sewer line is something no homeowner wants. However, there often comes a time, especially for older homes, when the sewer pipes need to be fixed or replaced. There are several options for doing this, but one we’d like to discuss today is sewer lining. Minnetonka residents can benefit from this type of sewer repair. We will cover some of the reasons why this method may be the best option for your sewer system.

No Trenches
Sewer lining allows us to fix the pipes without needing to dig huge trenches in your yard. That’s why this method is also referred to as trenchless repair. With sewer lining, a resin-based liner is pulled through the existing pipe and inflated. Once inflated, it will adhere to the old pipe and any cracks or holes will be fixed, without needing to tear up your yard. This is the only true “no dig” technology for sewer repair.

Less Cost
With sewer lining, you will save on costs associated with labor, since it takes less time and man power to run the liner through the pipe than to dig everything up and replace the pipe. You also save in cost and aggravation of fixing up your yard. There will be no piles of excavated dirt, no torn up landscape, no concrete foundation or asphalt driveways to fix, and no grass to replant.

Less Time
Sewer lining takes less time than a traditional repair that requires trenches and new pipes to be installed. Normally, is takes less than a day’s time for our crew to complete the entire process. This means you as the customer have less time without the use of your sewer as well.

Increased Flow
Once the sewer lining is installed, it actually creates a seamless pipe within a pipe. This eliminates the possibility of future root intrusion and it actually increases the flow capacity since the lining is smoother than the old clay, cast iron or concrete pipe. In addition, calcification deposits will not adhere to the lining, thus eliminating the cause for a future blockage.

Same Strength
The finished product of pipes with sewer lining will be as strong as new pipes. The resin formulas used for the lining are made to withstand every corrosive environment, as well as the test of time.

If you would like more information about sewer lining in Minnetonka, please call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Five FAQs about Sewer Lining



As sewer lining in Maple Grove continues to grow in popularity, more and more people are calling us to learn more about this type of sewer repair. Sewer lining is a way to repair your sewer pipes without needing to dig into your lawn. This could help you save money on having your landscaping redone or your driveway fixed after we’re done with our work. Here are a few of the questions we hear the most often about sewer lining and our usual responses.

Q: Could I save some money on sewer lining?

A: Yes. Sewer lining installations are faster than traditional repairs, and you do not need to call your utility company to get the utility lines marked. You also do not have to worry about your garden, landscaping, sidewalks or driveway. They will not need to be dug up, so your prize rose bushes will be safe!

Q: Will I have to worry about a reduction in pipe flow?

A: No. Sewer lining will not affect pipe flow. It will actually improve pipe flow because the resin-based liner is smoother than the clay or concrete pipe.

Q: Is sewer lining environmentally safe?

A: Yes. A cured pipe will mold to the host pipe, which means it will further help to prevent infiltration and exfiltration. It will also help restore structural integrity and it eliminates joints that can weaken and allow tree roots to grow through the pipe. A stronger sewer pipe is less likely to leak and cause environmental problems.

Q: How does sewer lining work?

A: Using special equipment, we pull a resin-based liner into your old sewer pipe. We then inflate it, causing it to adhere to the old pipe. This means cracks and fissures will be sealed up, and you will enjoy the other advantages mentioned in this post.

Q: Why should I hire you for sewer lining instead of one of your competitors?

A: The experts at Gene’s Water & Sewer are fully licensed, bonded and insured to do sewer lining work. We have plenty of training and experience, and we do our work on time and on budget to ensure your sewer pipes are working as they should be.

Are you interested in getting more information about sewer lining in Maple Grove? Call us at Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us to get a free estimate.