Learning the Signs: When to Schedule Your Sewer System Repair

Your sewer system gets a lot of use each day, handling each gallon of waste water leaving your home. In most homes the sewer line is buried under the property making it difficult to know when it’s having problems. From odor to sewage overflow, the signs and signals of a malfunctioning sewer system can be pretty pronounced. But, some sewer damage can be more elusive. As experts in sewer system repair for Minneapolis, we thought we would provide a few the signs to look out for as well as a rundown of the most popular types of sewer repair to get your sewer line back in tip-top shape.

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How do you know if you have a sewer system issue? The experts at Gene’s Water & Sewer are here to help! Ask yourself these few simple questions:

Have you noticed a foul odor?

The water traveling through your sewer line is not pleasant smelling. So, if you smell an unpleasant odor around your property it may mean that the source of those odors is your sewer line. A sewer inspection from Gene’s Water & Sewer will be able to tell you if your sewer is the source of the odor and recommend the proper sewer system repair.

Soggy patches in your yard?

When your sewer line is leaking, it could mean that a lot of water is leaking from the sewer line and being distributed under your lawn. So, if you notice soggy patches, raised patches or pooling in your yard, this is a major sign that something is wrong. If there is a burst pipe underground, the water will collect on the ground above it. And if your home’s water is rusty or discolored, you should definitely call for sewer system repair.

Is clogging becoming more common?

If your toilet or drains are clogging up easily or not draining as quickly as they used to, sewer system repair might be needed. The mainline could be clogged, and that is the kind of repair that should be left to the professionals.

Are your tree roots causing problems?

Tree roots are a very common cause of sewer line issues. They can grow and wedge their way into your sewer pipe through joints and cause a huge amount of damage.

Still not sure if the sewer is the source? Give the experts a call! At Gene’s Water & Sewer we offer a few different types of sewer system repair including traditional, semi-trenchless and trenchless. Each of these require various amounts of digging and we can determine which is right for you and your home. And once we’ve determined and you agree, we will get your sewer system repair underway!

To get more informmation about sewer system repair in Minneapolis, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737. Or, contact us for a Free Estimate.

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Repair Awareness: Common Sewer System Issues

As experts in sewer system repair, we’d like to provide you with some answers and some of the common reasons for sewer system repair.  One of the worst problems a homeowner can face is a backed up sewer line or drain. When you are faced with the need for sewer system repair at your Roseville home, you may have a few questions about what’s caused it. For most people, your home’s sewer lines are a bit of a mystery. And, while you may not like to think about what goes on in your sewer line, it is a good idea to know what may eventually cause trouble in your pipes.

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Improper flushing. 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 system repair.

Root issues. Tree roots are a very common cause of sewer pipe leaks. A sewer line is a great source for water and fertilization and tree roots may naturally grow towards this source of nourishment until it wraps around the pipe and causes it to rupture. Sewer system repair can remove these roots and get the sewer line back in tip top shape. But sometimes, removal of the tree may be necessary.

Grease. Even a small amount of grease can cause those drains to back up. Always collect grease from your kitchen in a separate glass container. Never throw it down your sink drain or down a toilet. You should also always use a back-flow prevention device. This will help keep the water moving in the correct direction.

Chemicals or corrosion. After you are done painting or using any type of harsh chemical, it should be properly disposed of. Never pour any of it down a sewer or other drain like that. These harsh chemicals can harm your sewer lines and eventually cause the need for sewer system repair.

Over time, pipes can simply wear out from old age. When corrosion sets in, the pipe starts to form leaks that will only continue to spread. Sewer system repair is likely the only way to stop this corrosion from spreading further.

So when you need sewer system repair for your Roseville home, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Having Your Water or Sewer Line Repaired: FAQ

Drains, water pipes and sewer lines are an essential part of a well-functioning home, but at times, can create a nasty mess and can even become quite costly. Over the years, we have fielded many questions about water and sewer system repair like ‘What are some signs I require water and sewer system repair for my Robbinsdale home?’ So, as water and sewer system repair experts, we at Gene’s Water & Sewer have put together some other popular questions we’ve received over they years. We hope these questions and answers will help you, the homeowner, when looking into water and sewer system repair for your home. And, if you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to call!

How do I know if a sewer pipe has burst?

If you have noticed an unpleasant odor, either inside or outside of your home, this is a good sign that something is wrong and you require sewer system repair. Try to find the source of the odor if you can and give us a call at Gene’s Water & Sewer if you need any assistance.

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What is a common sign I might need professional sewer system repair?

If your toilet is clogging up easily or isn’t draining as quickly as it used to, you may need a sewer repair. The mainline could be clogged, and that is something only professional water and sewer system repair companies can fix.

What are some other signs that something is wrong?

Number one: pooling in your yard in the absence of precipitation. If there is a burst pipe underground, the water will collect on the ground above it. And if your home’s water is rusty or discolored, you should definitely give your trusted water and sewer system repair experts.

Is the city responsible for my sewer line?

Unfortunately no; homeowners are fully responsible for the maintenance and repair of all home plumbing, including water and sewer lines leading up to the residence. This includes all blockages etc. that can occur.

How do I know if I need a water pipe replacement?

Have you been experiencing drops in water pressure? Is your shower not as powerful as it once was? It might be time for a water pipe replacement. Over time water pipes experience wear and tear such as corrosion that can impact your water pressure.

Leaks are another common issue with older pipes. The professionals at Gene’s Water and Sewer can inspect your water system and determine what repairs you may need.

How do I know if I need a sewer line replacement?

Gurgling or unnatural toilet and drain noises, frequent water backup, poor flow quality, frequent odors, clogging and rust debris are all signs you may need a new sewer line.

If you are in need of water and sewer system repair in the Robbinsdale area, 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, we can have your water and sewer system repair done as smoothly as possible and back up and running in no time. Call us at 612-781-3737 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

A New Sewer Lining That Spares You Trenches

So you’ve got some broken sewer pipes under that lawn of yours. Are you doing everything within your power to avoid thinking about the hassle that will be having your property destroyed in the effort to install new sewer piping? Avoiding for fear of trench? There is a new technology that has taken the plumbing world by storm, allowing for your pipes to be fixed with a very small amount of digging. Gene’s Water & Sewer, experts in sewer lining for Roseville area homes offers this service as a more efficient, cost effective means of repairing damaged pipes underground. Going the trenchless or semi-trenchless route for your sewer lining implementation will save a lot all the way around, including a better flow of waste from your home to the sewer system.

Trenchless sewer lining technology is a subsurface plumbing installation that does not require anywhere near the trenches being dug. A group of different methodologies, materials, and equipment are utilized to install a sewer lining within the already existing underground piping that will allow for minimal disruption to property and daily activities to home owners.

The ambient-resin based sewer liners are “pull in place,” implying that instead of having to dig up your yard to access sewer or water pipes to repair or replace them, we pull the old liners (in the event of liners already existing within your piping) out and pull the new ones into place. The installation of these sewer liners is an easier task (for all parties) than is digging up your property and helps you avoid potentially expensive repairs to get your lawn and driveway back in place. The resin lining may just make it so your pipes never have to be repaired again! The technology is that awesome!

Soil characteristics will need to be assessed to determine whether or not your home is a candidate for this type of trenchless sewer lining repair project. If the soil is too sandy or your water table is too shallow, it is likely that your property is not ideal for trenchless sewer lining repair. Get a hold of us and we will come out to see if your property will allow for this type of plumbing repair at your home. It will save you headaches in the long run!

A pipe within a pipe, 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!

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

Avoid the Trenches! Sewer Lining Repair Can Be Done Without A Big Dig!

Do you have cracked sewer pipes under your lawn? Are you dreading the idea of possibly having to have your property destroyed in the effort to install new sewer piping? Fear not. A relatively new technology has emerged that allows for your pipes to be fixed with absolute minimal digging required. Gene’s Water & Sewer, experts in sewer lining for Twin Cities area homes offers this service as a much more efficient, cost effective means of repairing damaged pipes underground, not to mention better flow of waste from your home to the sewer system.

Trenchless technology is a type of subsurface plumbing work that calls for less in the way of trenches. A group of different methodologies, materials, and equipment are utilized to install a sewer lining within the already existing underground piping that will allow for minimal disruption to property and daily activities to home owners.

The ambient-resin based sewer liners are “pull in place,” meaning that instead of having to dig up lawn to access sewer or water pipes to repair or replace them, we simply pull the old liners (in the event of liners already existing within your piping) out and pull the new ones into place. The process and installation of these sewer liners is an altogether easier process than is digging up your property and helps you avoid potentially expensive repairs to get your lawn and driveway back in place. The resin lining may just make it so your pipes never have to be repaired again! The technology is that awesome!

The characteristics of the soil will need to be considered to see if you can have a trenchless sewer lining repair project at your home. If your water table is shallow or your soil is too sandy, you may not be a candidate for trenchless sewer lining repair. Get a hold of us and we will come out to see if your property will allow for this type of plumbing repair at your home. It will save you headaches in the long run!

A pipe within a pipe, 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!

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

Keep It Clean or Pursue a Sewer System Replacement

You may just be in need of a sewer system replacement at your Richfield home. Your sewer system down, this is no doubt a troubling time for you. You likely have questions about how a sewer system replacement would unfold. Do not hesitate to call us at Gene’s Water and Sewer where we will tackle your questions, address your concerns and get you all set up on our schedule.

Somewhat regular cleaning of your sewer system (which we can gladly conduct) can go a long way in prevention of a sewer system replacement. If your plumbing is beyond the cleaning point and is in need of repair, you do have options. A trenchless sewer repair yields sewer system replacements and repairs sans digging a gigantic  trench to get the work done. In a nutshell, a resin-based liner is pulled through your existing pipes and is then inflated. This liner adheres to the innards of your current piping and covers any cracks. A hole is only required at the deemed point of entry. Going about your sewer system replacement in this fashion means you do not have to concern yourself with being troubled over  having your property (garden, landscaping and/or yard) 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. Existing variables (as per your property, piping and plumbing set-up) need to be addressed—which we can cover when you call us.

Maybe deeply rooted trees are your problem? A tree’s root system can grow very deep into the ground, below the surface. Often, these roots grow into your sewer pipes, causing stress on your piping, ultimately cracking them. Make sure that this is at the forefront of your mind if you choose to plant new trees. Place your new trees as far away from your sewer pipes as is possible.

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. Getting your pipes cleaned by professionals on something of a schedule will help, as will being sensible with your flushes. Do not flush anything down your toilets other than toilet paper and human waste.

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

Water and Sewer Systems of a Down

Water and sewer system replacement is a massive undertaking. 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.

We at Gene’s Water & Sewer would like to suggest some things to look for that are indicative of a need to pursue a water and sewer system replacement for your Maple Grove area home.

Water System

Issues within the water line can be pointed out to you in a number of ways. For example, 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.

Sewer System

Back-ups are frequently the go-to when it comes to the realization that something is up with your sewer line—especially if the back-up occurs in the lowest plumbing fixture within the house. If your lower level has a sink, shower and/or toilet and one of them gets backed-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.

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.

Prevent Sewer System Repair on That Home You May Buy

A lot of families move into a new home only to discover an immediate need for a sewer system repair right of the bat. It is highly recommended that upon the possibility of buying a new home you investigate the pipes and/or plumbing in general. A sewer system repair can be quite a burden, both in regards to your finances and stress. Check out these tips to ensure you do not move into a plumbing trap:

Small Leaks
Look for small leaks in your possible purchase. Leaks lead to cracks in walls, damage to wood and metal. Leaks in the bathroom or kitchen can point out a major problem that needs to be fixed—preferably before you commit to buying your new home. Should these types of problems not be addressed, they would become your problem to fix after you move in. The plumbing system could undergo further damage, increasing the costs of what likely already would have been costly plumbing repairs. Call Gene’s Water & Sewer for help! An expert plumber can carry out an inspection, assisting you in your effort to not get shafted into a water or sewer system repair.

Pipe Materials
Depending on the age of the home, a wide array of plumbing systems use all sorts of different types of piping. Knowing the pipe type will help you potentially avoid plumbing problems if you buy the home.

Pipe Structure
While you eye up the plumbing and pipes, it is imperative that you take note of the structural design and system in the home. Ensure that the pipe size and strength supports the volume of water in the home. Obviously, higher volumes require more potent piping, as well as increased support. Leaks may develop and in such cases, even a burst. To prevent a sewer system repair, call a residential plumbing service professional to carry out an inspection. Better safe than sorry.

History of the Pipes
Ask how old the plumbing is in your possible new home. You will want to know this, especially if the the home and therefore its possible plumbing is over 50 years old. Older homes are more likely to have galvanized steel pipes, not good for the plumbing of today. These types of pipes are prone to build-up and corrosion and will need to be replaced.

Bad Odor
Seek out foul smells emanating from the plumbing system. Distinct and unbearable, an odor is a great indicator of piping damage and need for repair. Consider bringing in a licensed residential plumber in to inspect the entire plumbing system. A professional plumber will give an accurate and detailed report the general condition of the overall system and help prevent you from having to pay for a water or sewer system repair.

Seeking out sewer system repair in Minnetonka or the nearby Twin Cities? Contact us or call us at Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737.

Traditional Sewer Repair and Replacement

Innovations in sewer replacement and repair technologies have made the dreaded, much-maligned digging and tunneling techniques of yesteryear somewhat more obsolete. The semi-trenchless technique, involving a hole starting at the house, uses a fused pipe, eliminating the need for joints, and stops infiltration and exfiltration. A new pipe replaces the old where it bursted. Trenchless repairs (using patented “Nu Flow” technologies) , a true “no dig” technique, uses a resin-based pipe coating—free of joints—to repair issues. A smoother pipe type, flow increases and costs diminish.

Home Repair.

Sometimes there is no avoiding the all-encompassing, dig and tunnel of the traditional 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 replacement is likely in order. The average sewer replacement bill in Roseville can run anywhere from $2000-$15,000, depending on a wide array of circumstances.

By this point, prevention techniques have failed, sewer replacement work is definitely needed. Roseville 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 replacement in Roseville, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

Although the winter has been mild throughout most of the country this year, it is still important to properly insulate and maintain your sewer and water pipes. The last thing you want to deal with is a busted pipe, especially if it’s spewing water or raw sewage into your home! We specialize in water and sewer system replacement in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, so here are a few tips on how to keep your pipes from freezing this winter.

Some of your pipes are going to be more susceptible to freezing than others. This mostly depends on where they are located. Some of the pipes that will freeze the easiest are the ones that are exposed in unheated areas of your home, pipes that are located in the exterior walls of your home and any plumbing that is located on the exterior of your house.

You should be sure that you turn off all outdoor faucets before the first freeze in your area. If you still haven’t done it, then be sure you take care of it as soon as possible before the next freeze. You should be sure to turn off your garden hose and store it somewhere safe until next spring. A frozen garden hose could burst an interior pipe in your home and that can cause a lot of problems like flooding, mold and mildew issues and more.

If you have any unheated areas in your house, be sure you make sure any pipes that run through those parts are fully insulated. You can find inexpensive foam pipe insulation at most hardware and home improvement stores. If you live in a particularly cold climate, you can get thermostatically controlled heat tape that will turn on at specific minimum temperatures.

For those snow birds who leave their houses for warmer climates every winter, one of the best ways to avoid water and sewer system replacement is to make sure you do some prep work before you leave. Do not set your furnace or home heating system at a temperature that is lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure the main water supply is shut off and drain the system.

With some preparation and foresight, you can hopefully avoid a frozen and burst pipe this winter!

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