Floor Drain Plugged
Floor drains from time to time back up and can cause more then a mess. They can cause headache’s and destruction our home. Floor drains weather new or old need to be cleaned, watched and maintained.
Older drains that were cast iron have build up of scale and other deposits as to newer drains get clogged for several other reasons. Newer floor drains get clogged from us living in our homes and enjoying running water to shower, wash clothes and clean dishes. Water that we use goes into and down our pipes into our basements and then out the main line were it eventually ends up in the city sewer.
Floor drains get clogged from hard water build up, food, grease, lint and many other products that we use in our homes on a daily basis. If you have a perfect sewer system and water flows properly you won’t back up as much but should also clean your drains once a year. Just like our cars go in couple times a year for an oil change our drains need their own type of oil change as well.
Call us to set up your next drain cleaning appointment.
Emergency Water Leak
By the look for things you can tell this isn’t normal or maybe even suppose to happen. But guess again this happens each and everyday. It’s a nightmare if your plumbing isn’t updated or if you don’t have the proper shut off’s.
This issue could have been solved easily if they had a shut off that worked but instead they had to call the city at night for an emergency to shut the water off. It’s never fun to have a shower coming into your house other then through your bathtub shower head. The force of that water coming through the pipe was stronger then what comes through your shower head.
be careful and be on top of as much plumbing as you can in your home. Some things you can’t help but old neglected drains and pipes is something you should consider addressing before it’s too late.
Cast Iron Sewer Drain Pipe Excelsior MN
When cities run smoke tests or a camera they can easily find out if your sewer line is broken. Tree-Roots, broken pipe, dirt, scale, foreign debris and everything else gets inside your private residential/commercial sewer drain system.
CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!!!
MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE MAINTENANCE!!!
In this particular case the city ran a test before repairing the street and found out what residents had some sewer problem to address. This house in Excelsior, MN had water at times and smoke come up through the ground. Our company was called and went out to determine if there was a break in the sewer line and appropriately where. When we camera inspected the sewer line we indeed found a spot that was cracked and needed to be replaced. Lucky it was fairly shallow compared to most excavations.
Call for free quotes for excavating sewer lines. Ask us what our procedure is and how will we repair and solve your issue. No two (2) sewer lines in the city are the same but they all have one (1) thing in common, they break down and need repair. Repairing a sewer line isn’t fun and can be hard on the wallet but hiring the right company will save your thousands. Our company saves clients thousands of dollars every time a repair is made.
Never excavate until certainly proven. We look forward to hearing from you!
Refinishing Hardwood Floors
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Over the past two weeks I’ve taken upon myself to refinish my beautiful hardwood floors that have been covered up with carpeting for several years. Since I’ve been experiencing this project first hand I wanted to take some time and provide all of you with the proper steps as to how to go about refinishing your floors the right way. I’ve notice that when buying material for refinishing the floors you might go back to the store several times and speak with different helpers around the store each time. Each of them will tell you three different ways on how to refinish your wood floors.
Here are the steps that worked for me.
Step One: Remove carpet & pad
Step Two: CAREFULLY remove all the staples, (even the hard to get ones).
Step Three: Remove the tact stripes
Step Four: Fill in with wood putty all the separated boards.
*** You do not have to fill in all the little whole from the tact stripes. This will be a nightmare when going to sand.
Step Five: Sand Sand Sand
*** Depending on if your changing the color of the floor or depending on the damage of the floor that will decide what grit sand paper to start with. If you don’t know how to sand ask before starting or have a friend help.
Step Six: Sweep and vacuum up all the loose debris.
Step Seven: Use rubbing alcohol to wipe down all the finer debris before you apply your first coat of stain.
Step Eight: Stain your floor. Use a 10 inch applicator that can attach to a broom stick.
Step Nine: Stain again if you want it slightly darker.
Step Ten: Apply your first coat of polyurethane.
Step Eleven: Lightly sand with 180-220 grit and wipe down with a tact cloth in between polyurethane coats.
Step Twelve: Repeat as many times as you want. I suggest minimum of 3 coats.
Step thirteen: Enjoy! Relax! and let dry for at least 3 days before moving furniture onto floors.
Please feel free to post pictures or write a comment on your home flooring projects.
The luxury life of a plumber
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Everyone is familiar with the job and duties of a plumber. A plumber is the guy who stops leaks and installs all plumbing fixtures. Plumbers also have the knowledge to unclog any drain. People know that plumbers tend to work in dark, crowded, cluttered, tight areas. It’s not easy fitting in some spaces but we figure out a way to get the job done.
One easy way to make a plumber smile is to make sure the cabinet under your kitchen sink is friendly. Look at the pictures above, the top picture is what plumbers like to see. Plumbing in general under a kitchen sink can be confusing and isn’t always easy to deal with. Next time your going to install a kitchen cabinet for the sink make sure that wood board that runs down the middle isn’t there. Have them install it on one of the doors so when anyone is working under the sink it give them more room. By making this easier and more accessible it will first of all make the job easier and second get the job done faster which means less spend out of your pocket book.
When should you install outside clean outs?
If you have a broken line and are forced to dig make sure you install outside clean outs. If feasible have the clean outs installed that go both in towards the property and out towards the street. This will make it so all the cleaning from then on can be done outside. No More mess inside. If your having a clog between the stack and the front clean out then you will have to clean inside.
Call Ken’s Sewer Service for all cleaning and camera inspection. We’ve been in business since 1974 call us and make sure you have to dig before you get convinced and you end up wasting your hard earned money.
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Do you own real estate and live out of town?
If you own real estate and live out of town you have to be on top of your game.
Property is worth money and you don’t want disasters to happen if they can be prevented. Make sure to have a run down list that you check off yearly for all your rental properties. By neglecting your main sewer line, drippy faucets, furnace and more you can 100% be prepared for larger bills in the future.
Let’s try and keep your cost as low as possible.
Call Ken’s Sewer Service to help with all your plumbing drain and sewer cleaning needs. Being in business since 1974 we know what needs to get done yearly.
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Plumbing clutter can be so inconvenient at times
This picture was taken from one of our clients homes. The red square is pointing to where the main sewer stack line goes. The clean-out to access this drain line is at the bottom of the pipe. This client has no floor clean-out in the home and we would have to remove the water heater just to clean the sewer line if they were to ever clog up. In this situation a floor clean out should be installed or an outside clean out should in installed. We suggested this be done before the line backs-up and to have the line inspected with camera technology. Talk about cluttered and inconvenient.
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What’s growing in your sewer system?
You never know what’s inside your sewer line until you clean and camera your line.
Hire Ken’s Sewer Service for your next drain/sewer cleaning and video camera inspection.