Category Archives: Water & Sewer Repairs

Your Sewer Lining Questions Answered

Most homeowners would do just about anything to avoid a big mess when it comes to the repair and replacement of their sewer line. Have you heard that sewer lining can help avoid extensive digging? At Gene’s Water & Sewer, we are experts in sewer lining for Robbinsdale and we offer this service as a more efficient, cost effective means of repairing damaged pipes underground. That’s why we’d like to answer a few questions about sewer lining. And, when you’re ready, contact us and we can tell you all about this service and determine if it’s right for your home.


What is sewer lining?
A pipe within a pipe, sewer lining can make the stresses that come with cracks, fractures and bursts a thing of the past! Trenchless, sewer lining technology is a type of subsurface plumbing installation that utilizes smaller holes, rather than large messy trenches. A group of different methodologies, materials, and equipment are used to install a sewer lining within the already existing underground piping. This allows for minimal disruption to property and to home owners routines. And, going with trenchless or semi-trenchless sewer lining implementation can offer a better flow of waste from your home to the sewer system.

What are its benefits?
The process and installation of these sewer liners is an altogether easier process than digging up your property. And, it helps you avoid potentially expensive repairs to get your lawn and driveway back in place.

How does it work?
Our resin based sewer liners are “Pull in Place.” We use the existing cleanout in your house to pull a new liner in place where needed. These resin sewer liners could even make it so your pipes never have to be repaired or replaced again!

How do I know if my sewer pipes are compatible with sewer lining?
First, the condition of the existing pipe needs to be considered. We need to have the circumference of the pipe in order to line the existing pipe. Otherwise we may need a small traditional dig to repair the pipe where applicable and line the rest of the sewer.

Give us a call today and we will come out to see if your property will allow for this type of sewer repair.

For more information about sewer lining in Robbinsdale, call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737, or you can contact us to get 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.

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.

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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.

Be Careful About Dealing with Sewer Repairs

When it comes to Minneapolis sewer repairs, the average homeowner can expect a $2,000 to $15,000 bill. Along with the bill comes the inconvenience of damage to your yard. However, as one article noted:

Fortunately, dealing with sewer repair does not have to be an encounter had by every homeowner, as there are precautions you can take.

So, what can you do to avoid needing to call a sewer repair company? Be cautious of products that claim to remove grease; don’t pour grease and/or oil down your drains; and don’t pour cleaning fluids, anti-freeze, thinners, paints, solvents and other oil-based products down the drain.

Read the entire article: “Proceed with Caution: Dealing with Sewer Repair.”

Sewer Lining Repair Advantages

Trying to decide whether to replace a sewer pipe or to just have it repaired? Minneapolis sewer repairs have many advantages, as noted in one recent article:

Not only can you avoid the heavy digging that would have to occur in order to completely remove and replace your old sewer line, you’ll also save money by not having to replace concrete walks and driveways, and you lessen the risk of running into existing water or gas lines.

No-dig (trenchless) sewer repairs are done underground, and the only digging done is two small holes. So, you’ll be able to keep your landscaping, driveway(s) and sidewalk(s) intact and not have to dig them up in order to repair your sewer pipe.

Read the entire article: “Sewer Lining Repair: Advantages of Repairing with Sewer Lining.”

Welcome to our blog!

As a locally owned and operated business in the Twin Cities metro, we at Gene’s Water & Sewer have always prided ourselves on our work, and illustrating why we’re one of the area’s top companies for water and sewer repairs.

Because of the pride we take in our work, we’re happy to today launch our blog. It will be frequently updated with information on water and sewer repairs. We will also use this blog to showcase projects – past and present – the Gene’s Water & Sewer staff has worked so very hard on.

Not familiar with Gene’s Water & Sewer? Please visit our home page to learn more about our company and services, or if you’re looking around at different Twin Cities water and sewer repair companies. We look forward to working with you!