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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.

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.

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!