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.


Frequently Asked Questions about Sewer System Replacement

When you need sewer system replacement at your Crystal home, it can be a stressful time. You might have a lot of questions about the process and what to expect. Call us so we can answer those questions and get you on our schedule. But in the meantime, here are some of the questions we hear the most often about sewer system replacement.

Q: What are trenchless sewer repairs and why are they so popular?

A: Trenchless sewer repair offers sewer repairs and replacement without the need to dig long trenches to do the work. Basically, we pull a resin-based liner through your existing pipes and then inflate it. The liner adheres to the inside of your current pipe and lays over any cracks. We only need to dig a hole at the point of entry. This means you will not have to worry about having your yard or garden dug up to get the work done. It is a less stressful process that can be done to most homes and sewer systems. There are a few variables, so we can tell you more about this type of repair work when you call us.

Q: When it comes to sewer system replacement, what are some of the most common reasons people call you for this service?

A: One of the worst enemies of a sewer system is a tree. The root system of a tree can grow pretty far underground, and when one of those roots grows into your sewer pipes, it can cause the pipe to crack. Keep this in mind as you are planting new trees. Keep them as far from your sewer pipes as possible. Another way to keep your sewer system in good shape is to have it regularly cleaned by professionals.

Q: How can I try to avoid sewer system replacement?

A: While you cannot put off getting a new sewer system forever, there are some ways you can keep your sewer system in good shape. For one thing, get them cleaned by professionals on a regular basis. And make sure you do not flush anything down your toilets except for human waste and toilet paper.

If you have questions about sewer system replacement that is not on this list, call us and we can answer them.

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

How to Maintain Your Sewer System

Sewer repairs can add up if you’re not careful. So you want to be sure you do everything you can to keep your sewer system in good condition. Here are a few tips on how to keep your sewer system in topnotch shape from the sewer repair professionals at Gene’s Water & Sewer. And any time you need sewer repair in Richmond MN and the surrounding areas, call us for help!

  • Get your septic tank pumped regularly. Scum and sludge can build up in your septic tank and carried out to the drainfield if it is not pumped out of the tank on a regular basis. The drainfield will then clog and not allow the wastewater to be properly treated. That wastewater could form a pond in your yard, and that could lead to costly sewer repair and other problems.
  • Make sure you use water efficiently. Wastewater should not flow in and out of your septic tank too rapidly: this could cause problems that will need sewer repair, like solids remaining in the wastewater moving out of the tank and into the drainfield, which could then clog it. You can spread out your water usage. For example, wash only one or two loads of laundry a day. Or you can install low-flow water fixtures, low volume toilets and more. You should also fix any leaky taps or faucets too.
  • Make sure the only items that are flushed down the toilets are human waste and toilet paper. Your septic tank and sewer system are designed to handle these two items and that is it. Do not flush tissues, paper, food, hair or anything else that could cause clogs and back-ups.
  • You should take a few precautions to protect your drainfield. Never connect “clear water wastes” (like your roof drains, water softener or anything like that) to your septic system. Make sure water runoff is diverted away from the drainfield too. Be sure that driveways, sidewalks and patios are not constructed over the drainfield either.
  • Do your best to keep pesky critters like groundhogs and rabbits from burrowing into the drainfield. Also, do not plant a garden or any deep-rooted plants, like trees, over the drainfield.

Do you want more information on sewer repair in Richmond MN and the surrounding areas? Call us at Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or you can contact us to get your Free Estimate.

Five Ways to Avoid Sewer Repair

Your home’s sewer system is one of the most vital systems in your house. After all, it is what gets rid of human waste, so you want to be sure the system is always in good working order. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take in order to be proactive about your sewage system and avoiding sewer repair in your Fridley MN home.

Get a regular inspection

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! And a routine sewer system inspection can help you save time, money and hassle on sewer repair in the long run. No matter how long you have lived in your home, make sure you get your sewer system looked at by the professionals at Gene’s Water & Sewer on a yearly basis. We can come out and take a look at things to make sure there are no cracked or damaged pipes or other components. And if there are, we can let you know right away and take care of the sewer repair for you.

Clean your sewer pipes

Your sewer pipes should also be cleaned on a regular basis as well – usually every year or two. This is especially important if your sewer pipes have had problems with clogs in the past. This is another great way to take a more proactive approach in avoiding sewer repair.

Get repairs done as soon as possible

Do you have a leaky faucet or another small plumbing problem? Get it repaired as soon as you notice it is happening. Small plumbing problems can easily turn into larger ones before you know it. Again, taking a proactive approach to these types of problems can help save you some money and stress in the long run. Small plumbing problems can sometimes turn into large and expensive sewer repair problems.

Get some landscaping work done

Trees and other large plants grow extensive root systems that bury down into the ground and break through sewer lines. This can cause clogs and a host of other sewer repair issues like cracks.

Be careful what you flush

The only two things that should ever be flushed down your toilets are human waste and toilet paper. Make sure you and your family do not flush anything else besides those two things.

Would you like more information on sewer repair in Fridley MN? Then call Gene’s Water & Sewer at 612-781-3737 or 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.

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