Blog Archives

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.

sewer system repair

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.

Advertisements

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.

sewer system repair

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.

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.

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!