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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.

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.