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Municipal Infrastructure Rehabilitation.

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The infrastructure of municipalities deteriorates over time. That’s an inevitability. While continually scheduled maintenance and repair can provide short-term solutions to small or even more complicated issues, rehabilitation is a long-term answer to the deterioration of sewers, underground utilities, and pipes.

Unfortunately, the reality and necessity of new construction and rehabilitation projects often fall below the radar, simply because underground infrastructure isn’t always visible. Yet the increased use and demand of infrastructure due to a rising population can put enough strain on existing systems to cause a catastrophe. Before that happens, municipalities should consider these rehabilitation options.

Sewer Rehabilitation

Trenchless sewer rehabilitation has quickly gained traction as one of the best ways to prevent catastrophic sewer overflows into both homes and streets. Before the advent of this technology,  sewer overflows created an unsanitary condition, as well as an odor problem that could drive off potential businesses, new homeowners, and other investors.

Foster City Sewer Rehabilitation Project by EPS Inc.

With trenchless drilling, this problem becomes a thing of the past. One of the most effective methods of sewer rehabilitation is sliplining. During this process, a pipe of smaller diameter is inserted into the original sewer line and the area in between is grouted to prevent leaks or spillage. Conversely, pipe bursting is a common procedure used to install a larger sewer pipe. Using the current pipe as a guide, pipe bursting involves pulling a larger pipe through the existing pipe with a metal wire, effectively destroying the old pipe, but leaving a newer, larger, and more effective pipe in its path.

Underground Utilities Rehabilitation

Like sewer lines, underground utility lines can also fall victim to age and other environmental factors. However, many of these lines are located in areas with heavy vehicular or pedestrian traffic, as well as environmentally sensitive areas. As a result, the use of minimal rehabilitation techniques is necessary.

One of the least invasive ways to repair these underground utilities without the disruption of traffic or natural landscapes is through horizontal directional drilling (HDD). Using HDD requires less digging and manpower than traditional repairs, and it’s also been proven to reduce carbon and other airborne emissions. In comparison to traditional methods, HDD is a far better option.

EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing is the municipal contractor specializing in civil engineering, plumbing, heavy construction, underground construction and rehabilitation projects. We’ve been serving the Bay Area’s municipal, commercial and residential sector for multiple decades by providing experience combined with the most advanced techniques and equipment available.

Water and Wastewater Rehabilitation

Over time, water and wastewater networks and pipes fall victim to degradation due to a variety of factors, including age. Repair and maintenance is often a costly venture that can also cause anger from citizens, especially when workers have to dig up a person’s yard to conduct the repairs.

Fortunately, rehabilitation of these systems is less invasive due to new technologies. Directional drilling, pipe bursting, and other trenchless rehabilitation are far more cost-effective than traditional repairs. In-line stop-valves to reduce water pressure have also proven effective in the rehabilitation of water and wastewater lines.

Although many municipalities may spend a substantial amount of money on infrastructure rehabilitation — including funds that may be allocated to other areas of the budget — the cost savings become apparent almost immediately. With an infrastructure able to handle the workload, these municipalities will save money on repairs and maintenance — more than offsetting their initial expenditure.

If you have a rehabilitation project you want to discuss, contact Nick Bechwati, or schedule a meeting with us in the Bay Area.


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How Critical is Project Planning with Civil Engineering?

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Project planning in civil engineering is crucial to any municipal sewer, plumbing, or underground technology projects.

Unfortunately, many companies and contractors may say they have the know-how to complete the project, but leave the city and the taxpayers empty-handed.

Before you pull the trigger on massive sewage or plumbing undertaking, consider a highly devised plan and a company that has the knowledge to get the job done under budget and on time.

Why Poor Project Planning Exists

Before you get into planning a successful project, it’s integral to point out why poorly planned projects fail. In most instances, municipal engineering projects fail because of a lack of understanding, unrealistic expectations, far-fetched budgets, work crews with no experience, or impatience on both sides.

By keeping these potential failures insight, you can set yourself up for projects that will succeed within the stipulations of the city budget or the expectations of local politicians.

Proper Project Planning is All About Experience

EPS Engineering in the Bay Area has been providing planning, engineering, and underground construction services to local municipalities for multiple decades.

The key to any successful job is to hire a crew or company based on knowledge and experience. Our EPS Engineering team plays a crucial role in planning because we have the “been-there, done-that” mentality. When a problem arises, we have the on-the-job experience to know exactly what needs to be done and when it needs to be done.

In the cases of municipal waste and plumbing, a highly trained individual can observe the current situation, assess what needs to be done, and give a step-by-step plan on what needs to be done.

Not only does this bring the project to fruition in less time, but it also allows you to sync your budget with the project.

The Right Equipment for Civil Engineering

Even if you find an experienced crew ready to tackle the job, a company or contractor without the latest equipment can cause problems. When sewer or plumbing lines need replacement, traffic, olfactory conditions, and general unrest among citizens can derail a project if it lasts too long. The solution is to find a company that’s invested in their business enough to use the latest in excavation and plumbing technology. Using this equipment, they can get the job completed on time at a minimal cost or disturbance to taxpayers.

At EPS Engineering, we make sure we have the most advanced equipment and utilize the advanced, strategic techniques to get the project planning and execution accurate.

The Benefits of Planning

Careful planning can help turn failure into success. The most beneficial aspect of planning is that it can identify and mitigate risks. This works on both a small and large level. Even the smallest idea such as what equipment of personnel to use can have a profound effect on the result. Working hand-in-hand with a contractor can help you find the root of the problem and prevent it from happening.

Another advantage of planning or working with a contractor before entering a plumbing or sewer project is that it can reduce the failure rate of the project.

Expectations become imminent and assumptions are laid to rest. Above all, this irons out the situation and avoids any bumps or pitfalls. Yet only the right contractor can make this happen. It’s up to you to choose the right one for the job.

While municipal projects may seem to have an infinite budget, the coffers of the local government are only so deep. The next time you want to retool or replace existing or failing sewer and plumbing systems, work with EPS Engineering and Plumbing in the Bay Area. We put our experience, equipment, and techniques to work which always leads to project success.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss an upcoming project in the Bay Area, contact us to schedule a project discussion meeting.


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What is Underground Utility Construction?  EPS Explains

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EPS Inc dba Express Plumbing provides underground utility construction and maintenance in and around the Bay Area.  Our underground utility division is considered a one-stop-shop that eliminates the need for hiring multiple contractors.

Underground Utility Construction Explained

Underground construction has been around for years, from underground tunnels, to earth shelters, it’s nothing new.  However underground utility construction relates to cables, tunnels, and pipes underground that require replacement, repair, or new installations.

Major underground pipelines may involve utility power lines, communication lines, water, and sewer.  EPS Inc specializes in installing, repairing and maintaining these underground lines quickly and efficiently using advanced equipment and techniques.

Underground line mapping allows us to identify possible buried cable and pipe under the ground.  Our engineering services are relied upon by municipalities, developers, and other industries to relocate the pipes, install new sewer systems or water systems, run power or telecommunication cables, all below the ground we walk on.

We are also the Bay Area’s underground emergency response team.  The EPS team works on emergency water breaks and sewer stoppages no matter when they happen.  We operate 24/7 including holidays and weekends to resolve any underground system deficiencies.

Underground Utility Solutions with EPS

Our motto at EPS is simple, there are no problems, only solutions.  Our engineering capabilities, advanced equipment, coupled with years of experience in providing underground utility construction services for the commercial, residential and municipal sector means you only deal with us as your underground utility contractor, not multiple entities.

OSHA Trained Underground Utility Crew

We only hire the most experienced, reliable, and competent crew the industry has to offer.

Our underground utility crew provides maintenance support and new installations for water systems, sewer systems, telecommunication, power, and more.

Safety is always our top priority and every project we take not only meets but exceeds the most stringent requirements.

Since 1989, we’ve been providing underground utility construction solutions that are reliable, accurate, and efficient.  Our completed underground utility projects in the Bay Area speak for themselves.

To discuss possible upcoming projects, contact Nick Bechwati for an on-site meeting and project outline assessment.


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Engineering Perfect Systems and Underground Construction

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Our name says it all EPS Inc in the Bay Area stands for Engineering Perfect Systems.  Our team of civil engineers are the first line of defense for municipalities, residential, industrial, and commercial clients in and around the San Francisco Area.  From infrastructure to existing framework, we are eager to to serve as your Bay Area engineering contractor.

What is Underground Construction?

Since 1989, EPS has completed thousands of Bay Area underground construction projects by engineering perfect systems and providing small, and large-scale plumbing solutions for clients throughout multiple industry disciplines.

Government agencies, and the private sector rely on our expertise for installing new pipe, locating problems within existing pipes, or repairing underground pipe using the latest and most advanced technology available in the industry.

Minimal disruption, and less down time is our standard operating procedure.  We work with clients to ensure we provide efficiency and the highest quality they not only expect but meet the most stringent standards

  • Underground Utility Locating
  • 100% accurate location
  • Recorded and reported information

Line Inspection and Pipe Locating Equipment for Underground construction

One of our EPS CCTV main line lateral inspection & pipe locating trucks.

Engineering Perfect Systems with EPS Inc.

Our team of civil engineers are the #1 referred among municipalities and underground construction clients throughout the Bay Area because we only hire the best, most qualified engineers in the industry.

Our emphasis is always placed on experience and continued education which intern translates to quality, customer satisfaction, safety, and community service.

As you walk around the Bay Area above ground, tap your feet a few extra times, an EPS engineer may just be underground solving an issue or designing a new pipeline framework.

Plumbing Solutions Not Problems

We love the words plumbing solutions because at EPS Inc. there’s never a plumbing problem without a solution.  Our team of expert commercial, residential and municipal plumbers are eager to engineer perfect systems and solutions to resolve the issues quickly and effectively.

  • Sewer Lateral inspections
  • Water Pipeline
  • Storm Drainage Systems
  • And more…

There’s no project too small or too large for our EPS team to handle.  We install large scale underground sewer pipeline infrastructure using heavy equipment.  They call us “The heavy construction team for a reason”.

When you rely on EPS for your project, you’ll be sure to get an EPS team.  We are the team that develops the framework for your project.  Not all companies that advertise underground construction and engineering systems have the man power or equipment to handle large projects, they rely on subcontractors to complete the tasks.

When you ask us to engineer perfect systems, you know who you’re dealing with from the start to the end of the project.  Our experienced EPS team has been proudly installing, locating, recording, and repairing underground pipe and utilities in the Bay Area for over 20 years.

We forecast an increase in infrastructure projects in the coming year, and we look forward to serving our community.

Contact Nick Bechwati to discuss any upcoming underground project in and around the Bay Area.

 


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What do Our San Francisco Underground Construction Projects Consist Of?

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When we talk about underground in San Francisco, one might automatically think of an underground nightclub.  Well, it’s not quite as exciting but for our underground construction crew, it’s just as much fun.  Being a Bay Area underground contractor, we see many projects in the area that involve new construction and existing construction.

Trenchless Underground Projects

No matter what the project involves underground, we use our expertise and advanced equipment to get the job done.  Trenchless is the way to go because it saves time, and money.  Something both the client and as an underground construction contractor we appreciate also.

Less disruption occurs to the surface above, therefore, less repairs to put things back in order.  View our recent sewer rehab project in Daly City involving 1700 feet of underground pipe.

 

Underground Pipe Replacement

The most common underground construction projects in the Bay Area involve pipe!  all kinds of pipe, whether it’s sewer replacement, pipe freezing, pipe reaming, repair and more.

Besides the trenchless method, we rely on other critical equipment that allow us to efficiently complete the various San Francisco underground construction projects such as laser guided bore, and more.

We are the #1 referred and preferred underground utilities contractor in the Bay Area.  Builders, homeowners, and business owners throughout the area call on our expertise and equipment to run conduit as far as the eyes can see.  Water, gas, electrical cable, and whatever else is needed.

Underground construction isn’t as simple as having one piece of equipment.  For over 25 years, we’ve been serving the Bay Area and have tirelessly invested in the most advanced equipment available to insure expeditious completion of projects.

EPS Express Plumbing is your source for underground utilities, commercial, residential, and municipal projects anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area.  If you have a project coming, contact us for a detailed proposal that will meet your schedule and budget needs.


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Trenchless Pipe Reaming Project in Daly City for a Sewer Rehab by EPS Express Plumbing

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When Daly City asked us to complete a sewer rehab in the Bay Area, the EPS Express Plumbing team was eager to comply using trenchless pipe reaming to get the job done.

What is Trenchless Pipe Reaming?

Trenchless pipe reaming can also be called pipe eating.  It’s a pipe replacement technique that removes the existing pipe and at the same time install a new pipe replacement without digging a huge trench.

Pipe Reaming Project in Daly City

“We enjoy challenging projects, we’ve been doing this type of work in the Bay Area since 1989” said Nick Bechwati, owner of EPS Express Plumbing.

The company is regarded as the best in the Bay Area for all projects involving trenchless pipe replacement for sewer, underground utilities, cable, and everything in between.  Using techniques such as pipe lining, pipe bursting, laser guided bore, micro tunneling with an emphasis on pipe reaming.

No matter what the size of the project, large or small, EPS is has the manpower and equipment required to handle it.

Pipe replacement in the Bay Area has been provided to all cities including the latest sewer rehab project in Daly City.

Daly City Pipe Reaming Sewer Rehab Highlights

There was 1700 feet of existing old 12″ vitrify clay pipe that needed replacement.  The project was managed by Nick Bechwati, our hands on owner and an entire crew that’s experienced and the best in the industry.

Using the trenchless pipe reaming technique 1700 feet of 18″ High-Density Polyethylene “HDPE” pipe was installed through the existing old 12″ vitrify clay.

A special thanks to the City of Daly City and to the entire EPS Express plumbing crew for properly organizing, and setting standards that meet stringent requirements while taking the community and the flow of traffic in the area into consideration.

If you’re looking for an underground construction, civil engineering company you can rely on, we invite you to rely on our expertise to get any size project completed in time and within budget.

EPS Express Plumbing has been serving the entire Bay Area for over 30 years including Daly City, San Mateo, Burlingame, San Francisco, Foster City, Brisbane and all surrounding areas.

We look forward to helping you with your next pipe replacement project.  If you have a civil engineering project, contact Nick Bechwati directly.


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Average Cost of Converting Septic to Sewer

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If you have a septic tank in the Bay Area and you’re finally ready to connect your home’s wastewater to public sewer, the first thing you’re thinking is what will it cost to have a septic to sewer line conversion.

Although the exact price of converting septic to sewer will vary based on many factors such as location, city and county specific regulations, accessibility, and circumstances, we hope this article will provide you with common answers to your questions, and what the process involves.

What’s included in a septic to sewer conversion?

  • Choosing an experienced sewer contractor in the Bay Area
  • Getting the proper permits for the particular location
  • Figuring out the sewer extensions needed
  • Properly disposing the old septic tank
  • Proper scheduling of the project and local city inspection requirements

The process is something we at Express Plumbing are very familiar with, we work with all the building departments in the Bay Area and have helped hundreds of residents convert their septic tank into public sewer.  We are the #1 referred and preferred sewer experts in the Bay Area, for a reason.

Cost of Converting Septic to Sewer

There are 3 main costs calculated in the cost estimate, permits, fees, and labor to get the septic conversion done.  If you’re thinking about this, you’ll need to consider a cost anywhere between $3000 and $7000.

If you want an accurate proposal to reflect your particular septic to sewer conversion, give our Bay Area plumbing company a call, we’re happy to submit a detailed proposal to help you properly forecast and budget for the project.

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Building Department Permits and Fees

Before any work can begin, there are various applications, specific forms, permits and fees that must be completed and paid.  Hiring our professional sewer experts will ease the burden since we take care of all this for you.  The fees and permit cost will vary depending on the Bay Area city or County your home is located in.

In addition to the permits, there are application fees, sewer capacity certification requirements and public sewer connection fees to consider.

EPS Inc dba Express Plumbing has been providing these sewer services in the Bay Area since 1989.  A project like this requires expertise, proper planning, advanced equipment, a contractor that’s licensed to perform it, and insured to protect you from any liabilities.

If you have a sewer repair, replacement, or a septic to public sewer conversion project in mind, we ask you to contact us for a complimentary, detailed, no obligation proposal.  We’ve been digging, replacing, and installing pipe in the Bay Area for over 30 years and we look forward to providing you with the excellent service you expect and deserve.


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San Francisco Underground Utilities & Trenchless Sewer Upgrade

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EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing in San Mateo is called upon for trenchless sewer replacement due to our advanced equipment, and technical expertise.  Whether it’s underground construction, new construction, residential plumbing, or commercial plumbing repairs.  Homeowners, business owners, and cities consider us the contractor of choice in the Bay Area.

Since 1989 we’ve partnered with the City of San Francisco on many projects and here are some highlights from the recent May 2016 sewer upgrade project located at the busy Embarcadero Center.

The city of San Francisco is continuously upgrading its sewer system and underground utilities throughout the area, our company partners with the city, engineering firms, and various parties involved to facilitate a smooth transition and a successful outcome for our community.

We were contracted to perform a trenchless sewer replacement in a very busy area of San Francisco, proper planning, advanced equipment and a team effort made this project not only successful, but also enjoyable.

Among other things, we replaced an existing 20″ clay sewer main with an 18″ HDPE using a custom bursting head in a process called pipe bursting, this and other advanced equipment and techniques allows us to accomplish excellent results efficiently and with quality not only meets but exceeds our clients’ expectations.

San Francisco is not the only city we serve, we provide general engineering and plumbing services in the entire Bay Area and take pride in doing so.  It’s the community we call our home, and we wanted to especially thank our city for continuing to improve our environment.


ENJOY THE PROJECT SNAPSHOTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

We’re proud to hold the title of Contractor of the Year in Silicon Valley and strive to continue providing our community with the excellence they deserve.

Our company only hires the most qualified and experienced plumbing technicians in the industry and they along with our hands-on owner Nick Bechwati are the reason for our success and the success of our projects.

We value your support in the community and ask you to contact us if you’re in need of commercial, residential or municipal engineering or plumbing support.


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