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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.


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.