Minneapolis Water & Sewer Systems

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Have You Ever Wondered How Water and Sewer Systems Work?

While your water and sewer system may appear to be a complex maze of pipes, it actually isn’t all that complicated. Your home plumbing, water and sewer systems are made up of three basic components: a water supply system, appliances and fixtures, and a drain system. At Gene’s Water and Sewer, we specialize in water and sewer systems in Richfield and the surrounding areas and are here to explain these interesting systems. Here is a brief rundown of how it all comes together:

  • Fresh water enters your home through the main water supply line connected to a municipal water company or your well. 
  • Upon entering your home the main supply line splits off, running to the hot water heater and throughout the pipes in the home to your bath tubs, clothes washers, dishwashers and sinks.
  • Wastewater or any other water used within the home that is not consumed enters the drain system to be removed from the home. 
  • The drain system within your home works entirely by gravity, allowing wastewater to flow downhill through a series of large pipes. You must take care of these systems to ensure they do not become clogged. 

Regular cleanings of your water and sewer systems performed by the professionals here at Gene’s Water & Sewer will go a long way in avoiding potential sewer system replacement. Gene’s Water and Sewer will gladly field any questions and concerns you have about your water and sewer systems and get you on our schedule.

In order to avoid problems with your water and sewer systems please remember you should never flush or dump solid objects, hair, cloth, grease or animal fats into your drain system. You should also never plant trees over or near sewer lines and if you experience problems that you cannot take care of yourself, you should always contact the experts for any necessary repairs or replacement. If you find that your plumbing is beyond the cleaning point and is in actual need of repair, options do exist. A trenchless sewer repair gets you a sewer system replacement and without a huge trench having to be dug in your yard. This type of sewer system replacement means you need not worry over having your property ripped up to have the replacement completed. This process is a lot less in the way of hassle that can be implemented at most homes and with most sewer systems.

Are you interested in getting more information about your water and sewer systems in Richfield? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Defining Sewer Lining and How it Works

What is sewer lining? Essentially, sewer lining allows for your pipes to be fixed with a very small amount of digging required. At Gene’s Water & Sewer, we know everything there is to know about sewer lining. Bloomington area homes have been entrusting us with all of their sewer needs for decades. That’s why we’ve put together a brief outline about sewer lining and trenchless sewer repairs. And, if you have any additional questions about it, do not hesitate to give us a call!

But how does sewer lining work? Sewer lining offers a more efficient, cost effective means to repair damaged pipes underground. It is a less pricey option in the long run as it eliminates the annoyance of having your yard or driveway completely dug up. The resin based sewer liners are “pull in place,” and make a one continuous pipe inside the existing sewer pipe. Cured In Place Pipe (CIPP) or epoxy lining provides the same strength as a new pipe but without the hassle. The first step is we insert a camera into the broken pipe to take a look at the situation. We eye up the problem to make sure there are not more problems down the line. We will then make sure the pipe is cleaned using high pressure water and some other tools. Things like roots, mud and other debris are cleared out of the pipe before we put the new sewer liner in.

Going the trenchless or semi-trenchless route for your sewer lining implementation can even offer a better flow of waste from your home to the sewer system.  The cracks, fractures and bursts that create the need to have a new pipe drawn in to replace the old will become a thing of the past with trenchless sewer liner repair. We put together the resin needed for the inside of the sewer lining. With resin poured into the liner, we make sure this is evenly distributed throughout the liner. 

Did you know that trenchless sewer replacement is much cleaner than other options available? Sewer lining saves you the trouble of having your yard and landscaping uprooted. It also eliminates the need to dig up those nasty sewer lines. So there is no need to worry about hiring yet another company to come to your home to replant your landscaping or to fix anything.

Trenchless sewer replacement is the fastest option among sewer lining repair options. With the “no dig” technology, these repairs can usually be done in less than one day, which means minimal disruption for you and your family. We are proud of the work we provide and our ability to meet or exceed our customers’ expectations.

Give us a call and we can discuss if trenchless repairs and sewer lining will work for your home. Interested in learning more about sewer lining in Bloomington or the surrounding areas? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Tips for Your Sewer: Repairs, Cleaning & Replacement

Warm weather is here and the fun filled days of summer are on their way. With approaching picnics, barbeques and afternoons entertaining guests, it can be especially important to check your sewer and ensure that it’s running as it should. If you experience a downed sewer system this summer, not only can it cause sewage to back up in your yard, it can also be grounds for a nasty, extensive clean up that can really ruin a picnic. But, there are ways to avoid this! If you find yourself in need of a sewer replacement at your Twin Cities home, you’ve got some options to help save your summer. At Gene’s Water & Sewer, we have had our share of experience in sewer replacement and would like to share some tips for you to consider.

 Only flush what you’re supposed to. Watching what you flush is a key player in keeping your sewer system up and running as it should. Be sensible with your flushes and do not flush anything down your toilets beside toilet paper and human waste. If you keep up with this, you can help avoid future sewer replacement.

Utilize regular cleaning. Regular cleanings of your sewer system from Gene’s Water & Sewer can go a long way in avoiding potential sewer replacement. Staying up-to-date on the needs of your sewer system is one of the best ways to ensure proper function for years to come. Notice something’s wrong? Contact a sewer replacement expert right away! It may only need a small repair.

Consider your tree placement. A tree’s root system grows deep into the ground and these roots can even grow into your sewer pipes, stressing and cracking them. Make sure you plant new trees as far away from your sewer pipes as possible to avoid a sewer replacement in the future.

If you find that cleaning doesn’t quite do the trick and your plumbing is in need of actual repairs, there are many options you can consider. A trenchless sewer repair gets you the sewer replacement you need without a huge trench having to be dug in your yard. This process works through the installation of a resin-based liner that is pulled through your existing pipes and inflated. The liner then adheres to the inside of your current piping, covering any cracks that may exist. A hole is only required at the deemed point of entry. This type of sewer replacement means you don’t need to worry about having your property ripped up right before prime gardening and barbequing season.

You may not be able to put off a sewer system replacement for too long, but, you can take some steps to keep your sewer system in its best possible shape. For more information about sewer replacement in the Twin Cities, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

All About Sewer Replacement

Looking into sewer replacement in St. Paul and surrounding areas? In our experience at Gene’s Water and Sewer, there are a few unknowns when it comes to sewer replacement. That’s why we’ve provided a few of the most common questions we’ve received in our over 35 years of experience in the industry. We hope these answers will provide you with the knowledge you’re looking for when it comes to the sewer replacement process. And if your question isn’t in here, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

How many different types of sewer replacement are there?
We offer a variety of sewer replacement services, including semi-trenchless, trenchless and traditional.

What are the warning signs I need my sewer line replaced?
Some of the early signs include gurgling noises coming from the toilet, water that drains slower than normally or a sinkhole in your yard. If you start to smell sewage, it is best to call sewer replacement and repair experts to have them come out and take a look.

How long it take?
That all depends on the type of replacement required. It could be a simple process or a more extensive one. If we are able to use trenchless repair technology, the work could be done in about one day.

How do I know what kind of sewer replacement I need?
That’s based on what’s best for your specific home and yard and can be determined by a few variables.  The experts at Gene’s Water & Sewer will come out to your home and determine the best method of replacing your sewer system.

How much does a sewer replacement usually cost?
When it comes to trenchless sewer replacement, the overall costs are lower compared to traditional sewer replacement. It is hard to know what kind of replacement you will need, so call Gene’s Water & Sewer today to receive a free estimate!

Do I need a professional to perform a sewer replacement?
Yes. For your sewer replacement, only trust a company that is fully licensed, bonded and insured. In addition to this, Gene’s Water & Sewer has been family owned and operated since 1977. We are also a licensee in supplying the patented “Nu Flow Technologies” trenchless line, the only true no dig process. We have a proven track record, having thousands of traditional water and sewer repairs under our belt.

Do you have any additional questions about sewer replacement in St. Paul? Call Gene’s Water & Sewer today at 612-781-3737 or Contact Us.