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All About City Potable Water and Proper Maintenance

All About City Potable Water and Proper Maintenance

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You turn on the tap, fill your glass, and guzzle down a glass of water. In the midst of refreshment, you probably don’t take the time to think about where the water came from. But cities and municipalities have to think about how to get this water to you each day.

Using a complex system of treatments and filters, local government agencies and hired contractors turn greywater into a usable substance, yet the quality of water and its ease of use may cause many people to overlook its source. Moreover, potable water and proper maintenance are essential to everyday life and the quality of living in suburban and urbanized areas. So where does potable water come from and why is maintenance so important? Read on to find out.

What Is Potable Water?

Also known as drinking water, potable water is treated water that’s safe to drink and use in food preparation. However, it’s also used for irrigation, washing, and plumbing. On average, a U.S. household consumes nearly 70 gallons of water a day and even more during extreme heat, underscoring the need for a clean water source at all times.

The process of treating water is complex, yet it’s simple enough for most people to understand. When the water reaches a water treatment plant, different types of non-toxic chemicals are added to the water. These bind with dissolved particles in the water that cause them to float to the bottom. The water is then filtered and disinfected to become potable water, which is then recirculated through water pipes.

What Type of Water Is City Water?

The source of city water varies from location to location. In some areas, it’s taken from lakes, rivers, streams, and reservoirs. In other areas of the country, it’s sourced from groundwater that’s pumped from a minimum of 30 feet below the surface. Depending on the source of the water, it may contain different elements that alter its taste, mineral makeup, and overall quality.

Maintenance of Potable Water Tanks

Potable water tanks are one of the most important aspects of modern-day drinking water systems. Without proper maintenance, however, water can become contaminated, which can cause widespread boil orders and other issues. As a result, maintenance becomes essential.

In general, potable water tanks should be inspected every five years to ensure the integrity of the metal, as well as to ascertain whether they’re susceptible to any other issues or leaks. If the local government fails to do this, people can become ill.

That’s why many municipalities turn to experienced contractors like us during inspection periods. A reputable company has years of experience in the industry assessing and treating potable water tanks. They also use specific equipment that’s been sanitized and is used solely for the purpose of inspecting and treating water tanks. With a trained staff that’s experienced in the industry, these companies are more apt to accurately find sources of contamination and keep potable water clean and safe for consumers.

In the Bay Area, municipalities rely on our team at EPS dba Express Plumbing to inspect, and repair Potable water tanks, pipes, and underground infrastructure.  We have dedicated equipment and experienced staff to ensure the integrity of these inspections.

Why a Seasoned, Reputable Contractor Is Ideal for Drinking Water and the Safety of Citizens

Because the public’s health is at risk, cities, and municipalities should put a premium on who they hire for the proper maintenance of potable water tanks and related services. By hiring only, a reputable, skilled company that has the right equipment and staff to get the job done, the quality of water and the health of citizens is all but guaranteed.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about our wide range of services at EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing, contact Nick Bechwati, our owner for a private discussion.


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What is hot tapping in plumbing and when is it needed

What is hot tapping in plumbing and when is it needed?

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Keeping sewage and water pipelines are integral to businesses and the quality of living in households. But when upgrades or maintenance are required, turning off service seems like an inevitability.

However, hot tapping is a process that’s turning the plumbing world upside down. Through this method, service continues on existing pipes and systems while workers make repairs. Learn how hot tapping is revolutionizing the world of plumbing and utilities, and how this service can work for you.

What is Hot Tapping?

Also known as pressure tapping, hot tapping is a method whereby our technicians hook up a new branch connection to an existing or pressurized pipeline by drilling or cutting. Using specialized tools, workers can continue service of the pipeline while also making connections or repairing the original system.  Part of our method of service at EPS is to make sure we minimize the downtime required while completing a project.  We want your business or home to function as it should while we get the repairs done.

The advantage to hot tapping is both economic and environmental. Businesses aren’t hindered by a lack of services or utilities while the process also prevents the release of methane gas that’s found in sewage pipes.

Can A Live Water Main be Hot Tapped?

Another advantage of hot tapping is that it allows a live water main to undergo maintenance. Thus, we can hot tap a live water main while it continues to work unimpeded. Water main hot taps can range in size from a ½ inch to 48 inches depending on the functionality required and the size of the water main pipe (although the size of the water main is typically no bigger than 16 inches).

EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing has been providing innovative approaches to engineering and plumbing in the Bay Area for multiple decades.  No matter how simple or complicated a project is, simply give our crew a call and we’ll give you multiple options.

Hot Tapping Vs Cold Tapping

The main difference between hot tapping and cold tapping is whether or not the pipe is pressurized. If the pipe is under pressure, workers use hot tapping; if the pipe isn’t under pressure, cold tapping is used.

The downside with cold tapping is that the pipe is taken out of service, which can have significant economic and environmental ramifications. However, cold tapping may prevent leaks or other issues that have a slight chance of occurring during the hot tapping process.

Choosing one over the other requires an assessment of the particular scenario, as well as which method requires the least downtime for residential and commercial customers of the service. That said, hot tapping’s ability to keep the line in service is one of the main reasons why contractors and companies choose it over a cold tapping process.

Hiring The Right Hot Tapping Contractor

Like many other types of underground repairs or underground infrastructure, choosing the right hot tapping contractor is the difference between the success of a lingering or even a failed project.

As a hot tapping contractor in the Bay Area, EPS Inc. has impeccable resources combined with the proper equipment and a team of skilled workers. Experience in hot tapping is also essential, as it can lower the time of the project and ensure it’s done correctly. Because of the complexities involved in hot tapping, customers and consumers shouldn’t settle for only some of these qualities. Our team at EPS Inc. offers these qualities and more.

Through hot tapping, governments and businesses can provide a much-needed upgrade to existing systems without lowering the chance for commerce or quality of living. If you’re in need of a hot-tapping experienced team or any other project that involves underground construction, heavy construction, drilling, plumbing, or civil engineering, give us a call, we look forward to serving you anywhere in the Bay Area.


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Common Questions About Underground Pipes

Common Questions About Underground Pipes

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Whether you’re building a new property, find underground piping inadvertently on your lawn, or you need to find the source of the problem, you may have several questions about underground piping. Here are some of the answers to the most commonly asked questions. 

What Are the Different Types of Underground Piping?

Underground piping systems use a variety of materials for effective operations. PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and CPVC (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes are two common options. Both are types of welded, plastic polymer pipes used for plumbing in both residential and commercial applications. These pipes are highly resilient and also have resistance to temperature changes, different soil conditions, and corrosion. In most instances, PVC and CPVC pipes have replaced outdated options such as clay or cast iron.

Another underground pipe material is copper. Used since the inception of underground piping, copper pipes are naturally corrosion-resistant and durable, making them an excellent option for all types of underground applications.

PEX piping is yet another type of underground piping, but even some plumbers and companies aren’t aware it’s approved for such usage. Although most often used in interior construction, this flexible plastic tubing can be used under concrete slabs and other similar types of construction.

EPS Inc. is a division of Express Plumbing that focuses on underground construction and engineering.  The two sectors of our company work hand in hand to ensure all your plumbing and engineering issues are handled by one company from start to finish.  This level of organization and expertise ensures your project, no matter how big, small or complicated is handled correctly and quickly.

What Is the Depth of Water Pipes?

The depth of your irrigation or residential piping will vary depending on the area you’re in. No matter the type of piping, it should be trenched or buried 12 inches underneath the frost line that is recorded in your area. This often translates to a distance of 5 to 6 feet. In areas without frost, the depth can be less, but a similar distance is often used for the sake of safety.

While the levels of depth changes on what zoning the area has previously made mandatory, the 12’ inch rule is generally used around much of the United States. Depth level of pipes can be affected by more than frost and weather conditions. If there is heavy traffic over the area where the piping is, the depth levels will go deeper to about 24’ inches below the frost level. Again, this all changes based on the diameter and size of the pipe, as well as the zoning in different areas.

How Deep Do Sewer Pipes Go?

Depths of sewer piping is very similar to water piping, but there are some changes in depth that vary due to weather. Since sewer pipes are carrying a liquid, they must be deep enough into the ground that the pipe itself will not freeze and possibly burst.

Depth levels in warmer climates or on private property are typically around 12 to 30 inches deep. But in some colder climates, the pipes will go as much as 6 feet into the ground. In areas prone to hurricanes or frequent, intense storms, sewage pipes are often buried deeper so they aren’t disturbed if the topsoil is removed.

How Far are Underground Pipes Maintained?

The maintenance of underground piping is just as important as the laying of the pipe. If the maintenance of piping is poor it could lead to bursting pipes, corrosion, and other hazards.

Three main steps can be taken to ensure good maintenance of piping. The first is annual inspections of all types of piping. This can be done by any certified company, as well as local government inspections in certain municipalities. Inspectors will use equipment to test various attributes of the pipes, such as metal corrosion and build-up of restrictions inside the piping

Simple repairs will need to be made on a somewhat regular basis to ensure the continued performance of underground piping. This may include the replacement of a small section of piping or other minor maintenance.

Finally, marking the locations of dig sights and getting approval of future digging to eliminate the chance of breaking a pipe are mandatory. This requires an agreement or cooperation between companies, individuals, and the local government, but is necessary to maintain the integrity and usage of underground piping systems.

All Your Underground Piping Questions Solved

Whether you’re breaking ground on a new property or you’re just interested in underground piping, these answers should quench your curiosity. But don’t forget about the final part of the puzzle: a reputable underground infrastructure crew.

Give our team of experienced civil engineers, plumbers, and technicians a call.  We are here to support the above-ground and underground pipes in the Bay Area with our fleet of equipment and expertise.


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Heavy Civil Engineering Projects on The Rise Post Pandemic

Heavy Civil Engineering Projects on The Rise Post Pandemic

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COVID had a dramatic impact on construction throughout 2020 and into early 2021. And while projects never completely halted, they were often derailed or delayed, at least momentarily. However, President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion plan to improve infrastructure by repairing or upgrading roads, highways, bridges, and more is a promising development for the construction industry, especially for heavy civil engineering projects. With more government funding and better-paying jobs to boost manpower, civil engineering firms are the ideal choice for municipalities.

Why Heavy Civil Engineering Projects Are on the Rise Post-COVID

With the availability of vaccinations, most Americans plan on getting vaccinated or already are. While this will lead to a boost in entertainment, shopping, and dining, it also has a profound effect on heavy civil engineering. Workers and employers aren’t as concerned about the spread of disease, leading to an all-hands-on-deck approach to projects that have been delayed due to COVID.

Furthermore, many local governments and municipalities can take advantage of Biden’s infrastructure bill to reduce overall costs or prevent increased taxes. Through this funding, more projects can be planned and executed on time and, hopefully, under budget.

How To Select a Heavy Civil Engineering Firm for Your Next Project

Not all civil engineering firms are created equal. With a high degree of complexity, engineering projects require a company that has the know-how and resources to get the job done right. Here are some things you should look for when you’re collecting bids or searching for a company to hire.

Manpower

Due to COVID, manpower has been significantly depleted within the heavy construction industry. Whether workers are too scared to show up or companies lay off workers to cut costs, having the right people isn’t as easy as it once was.

However, a top-notch heavy civil engineering firm always brings on the best staff to ensure the project fits the timeline and budget. With a team of workers with knowledge and a strong work ethic, projects can get off the ground more easily and finish without delay.

Machinery

Heavy machinery is a quintessential component of any civil engineering project. As a result, you’ll want to search for companies that own their own equipment. These companies may be able to significantly lower their overhead because owning is often less expensive over time than renting. Moreover, these companies can use depreciation tax breaks to their advantage, which also makes owning the equipment a source of cost reduction that they pass onto customers.

Experience and Expertise

Experience and expertise is a tandem that you can’t afford to overlook. The more experience a heavy civil engineering firm has, the more likely that they’re able to adhere to guidelines and get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Don’t Skimp on Costs by Hiring the Wrong Company

Although a reputable heavy civil engineering firm may come with a higher price tag, that money is well spent. With the manpower, machinery, and experience to deliver a project within your budget and timeline, you’re actually saving money over other firms that may cause the project to lag behind schedule. In other words, you get what you pay for. So don’t hire the cheapest contractor just to save a bit of money. You’ll actually end up spending more in the long run. EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing has been serving the Bay Area with underground and heavy construction services for multiple decades.  Our crew is the most experienced, and our fleet of equipment is state-of-the-art.  There is no project too big, too small, or too complicated for our crew to handle.  We’d love to share our portfolio of previous projects with you and are here to assist you with any upcoming projects.  Book a private meeting with us today.


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New Construction Engineering

New Construction Engineering

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As the housing market continues to boom, new construction engineering becomes essential to both developers and homeowners. Both residential and commercial projects can benefit from excellent planning and implementation of such engineering, especially with respect to underground infrastructure and utilities. Whether you’re building a new home, are a business owner expanding to new locations, or a municipality in charge with regulating construction, underground engineering is vital to the success of the project and continued functionality for years to come.

Why Underground Infrastructure Is Integral to Success

Subterranean infrastructure provides a number of benefits that can’t be achieved through above-ground options. However, choosing to use underground infrastructure is a decision that developers and local government must make prior to breaking ground. As such, all involved parties should understand the advantages of underground infrastructure to make an educated decision on why it’s the better option.

Less Expensive Over Time

Though the initial cost is often more expensive, the results provide cost savings over a period of time. The construction of above-ground utilities and infrastructure can often cause disruption to local roads and commerce. Moreover, the risk of damage to existing utilities can also pose a threat that increases expenses.

Less Maintenance

With the latest trenchless technology tools and equipment, building underground infrastructure is less invasive than ever. Not only is it a less time-consuming option, but the chance of extraneous costs and future maintenance is diminished.

EPS dba Express Plumbing specializes in underground construction engineering and plumbing.  We have worked with municipalities, developers, homeowners and business owners to ensure their projects are meticulously completed to their satisfaction.

Working With the Right Company

Experienced engineering firms with dozens of underground infrastructure projects know exactly what needs to be done to achieve success. That’s why developers and municipalities rely on our crew’s expertise to get the job done right the first time around.  No project is too big or too small for us to handle in the Bay Area.

We work closely with architectural engineers, contractors, and local government to lay the groundwork for a successful project. This means that detailed plans are drawn up far before the project gets started.

Through this planning, our engineering team can identify any potential pitfalls while also streamlining the project. This not only ensures on-time delivery of the new construction, but also eliminates the incidence of issues that can put the project over budget.

The Hallmarks of a Great Engineering Company

Reputation and experience should always play roles in selecting an underground engineering company for new construction. Yet the selection of a quality company goes beyond this. Not only should the company have experience, but also the workers, ranging from project managers all the way to laborers.

In addition, the company should also have the fleet of advanced equipment necessary to complete the project.  Add all of these attributes together, and you’ll have both a company you trust and a partner that’s as interested as completing the project on time as you are.

Why You Should Choose an Experienced Civil Engineering Firm

While the construction market is often inundated with cheap labor and contractors providing low-ball bids, developers, homeowners, and municipalities should be wary of such companies for complex underground engineering projects.

Before you choose a company to complete the work, weigh experience, equipment, and personnel against price. With a reputable, licensed, and experienced underground contractor, the higher initial cost will actually lead to a lower overall cost in terms of upkeep and maintenance. That’s a trade-off that’s well worth the price. If you have a project in the horizon you’d like to discuss, give us a call or contact Nick Bechwati to discuss the details.


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Why Choose Trenchless Utility Installations

Why Choose Trenchless Utility Installations

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Integral to infrastructure, underground utilities sustain and enhance the quality of life within residential communities and businesses. Maintaining such an infrastructure is another story. In the past, the arduous task of replacing or repairing such utilities required digging massive trenches while also shutting down roads and other above-ground infrastructure. That is until trenchless solutions became widespread. Today, this technology provides a solution to underground repairs and installations that makes old methods nearly obsolete.

Reasons to Choose Trenchless Technology

So why choose trenchless technology? Because it has a number of upsides that can’t be attained by antiquated digging methods. Plus, it has a variety of applications that make it as diverse of a procedure as possible. EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing relies on advanced solutions to achieve successful outcomes, that combined with experienced staff and advanced equipment leads to some great perks when choosing trenchless.

Versatility

Every type of underground utility can benefit from trenchless technology, including:

With so many practical applications, trenchless technology provides companies with an avenue to fix any type of issues. So whether you need to repair 100-year-old clay sewer pipes or just replace a section of a gas line with a leak, trenchless technology provides a versatile solution to your problems.

Less Disruptive

Digging holes for utility installation or repair can uproot the very infrastructure it’s supposed to support. In most instances, trenchless technology allows utilities and other infrastructure to run continuously throughout the installation or repair. That means that residents, business, and road traffic are all free to operate just as they ordinarily would.

Cost-Efficient

Oftentimes, the cost of shutting off utilities or roads that bring local or intrastate commerce is immense. Not only does the repair cost money, but the inflow of money also takes a dramatic hit. In addition, the risk of a spill or damage to an existing utility line is far higher when digging than with trenchless technology.

However, trenchless tech negates these hindrances. It prevents the incidence of accidents that can draw out the project and drain a budget while also allowing businesses to continue to operate unimpeded.

Safety

Safety is another major concern when dealing with underground infrastructure. The settling of soil can create problems when boring underground, while piles of dirt or rubble can pose a problem to local residential populations. Furthermore, a break in a sewer or gas line may require people to temporarily move out of their neighborhood or business, creating even more issues.

With trenchless technology, you no longer need to worry about safety issues, as digging huge holes is no longer necessary.

Accuracy

With cameras, sensors, and more, trenchless technology is far more accurate than any other technique. Instead of reading old reports or digging through trial-and-error, trenchless solutions can “see” exactly where utility lines are and what needs to be done. This accuracy translates to both safety and the speed of installation.

Trenchless technology has revolutionized the ability to install underground utilities and piping. With minimal hassle and less staff needed, going trenchless is both quick and cost-effective. So whether you’re a business, residence, or municipality that needs utility repair or installation, trenchless technology is the ideal and smart choice. 

Contact our Bay Area plumbing professionals to schedule a complimentary evaluation or to discuss your particular plumbing needs.


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Planning and Civil Engineering Projects In the Covid Era

Planning and Civil Engineering Projects In the Covid Era

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The COVID era has changed the way people live their lives. From mass quarantines to social distancing and mask-wearing, the pandemic maintains its stranglehold on normality. And while much above-ground has changed, humans still need one aspect to stay strong: underground infrastructure. Every person still relies on this infrastructure for water, power, sewer, and more. Without it, the world would plunge into uncertainty never before seen on such a mass scale. For municipalities and urban areas to thrive, the planning of civil engineering projects for underground infrastructure becomes even more integral—something that planners can’t ignore.

How Civil Engineering Firms Are Handling the COVID Pandemic

Before diving into the importance of planning and civil engineering projects in the COVID era, governments and the public should understand how these firms are handling COVID. To some degree, many firms have adopted hybrid workplaces. These workplaces split their staff so about half work from home and half work onsite during a given period. After a set amount of time, these employees switch places. Not only does this adhere to social distancing guidelines, but it also allows civil engineering companies to stay on task during the pandemic.

Why You Should Still Move Ahead With Civil Engineering Projects

Many people don’t understand the magnitude of underground infrastructure and the impact it has on daily activities. Without new construction or proper maintenance of these utilities, quality of life and staying true to COVID regulations could be an arduous or almost impossible task. Therefore, leaders and politicians should remain on schedule to maintain underground utilities and services such as:

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Power
  • CCTV lines

And these are only just a handful of the list of actual projects that need constant attention, maintenance, and expansion. COVID may cause an interruption in above-ground services, but these can’t be ignored.

Civil Engineering Projects Integral to Weathering the COVID-Era Storm

Underground civil engineering projects are more than just digging a hole and replacing pipes. Reputable companies have skilled, experienced employees, years of knowledge, and relevant project management to keep the infrastructure running smoothly.

The reason to hire such a company is twofold: to meet the needs of an expanding population/city limits and to repair outdated infrastructure. In some cities and towns, pipes can be decades old, meaning that a full-on catastrophe is only a matter of time. That’s what makes maintenance and new projects so crucial. With new technology and equipment, these projects take only a fraction of the time compared to old-school methods. This includes new advancements such as:

  • Pipe bursting
  • Pipe reaming
  • Laser-guided horizontal boring
  • Directional drilling
  • And more

With so many options, you can fit your timeline and budgetary constraints while providing the infrastructure needed to make people’s lives easier during a global pandemic.

Although planning and civil engineering projects in the COVID era require special attention to detail, they’re still as feasible as they were in the pre-COVID age. By hiring a reputable contractor and creating and adhering to a plan, municipalities can overcome COVID with success and future plans in case history should repeat itself. Even during a global pandemic, that’s something to take solace in.

EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing is an underground civil engineering contractor serving the entire Bay Area for multiple decades.  Rely on our experience and advanced equipment to get your project done on time and within budget.  Let’s discuss any upcoming project together, begin by contacting us for a meeting today.


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Underground Design and Construction Requires Proper Planning

Underground Design and Construction Requires Proper Planning

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Urban development is more than just commercial and residential zoning. It requires careful planning of several aspects that aren’t visible to politicians or the businesses or residents living there. Notably, this pertains to underground infrastructure and construction. Without proper planning of this facet, the area won’t get the utilities and services it requires. So to sustain urban development and build a better area for the present and future, here are some vital components of underground design and building.


How Underground Construction Affects Urban Planning


Urban development is a process where a city or municipality plans land use through detailed plans that apply to land use, zoning, and other considerations. Until relatively recently, this didn’t always concern underground design and construction, especially for areas that didn’t require underground transit.

But times have changed with respect to underground utilities and infrastructure. More governments want to place wires and pipes for gas, electricity, and the internet underground for numerous reasons. Not only does it prevent potential damage from weather or man-made disasters, but it also eliminates some of the eyesores associated with above-ground utilities.

As a result, city planners, project managers, underground construction companies, and utility companies must all have an in-depth knowledge of subsurface design and construction.

Geological Excavation


Geological excavation is one of the most vital parts of urban planning, yet this requires more than surveying for gas and electrical lines. In some municipalities, this may necessitate an excavation for Native American or American historical artifacts, as well as a search for any valuable deposits or minerals.

Furthermore, geological excavation must be done correctly to ensure the sturdiness and integrity of the ground after the excavation is complete. This is an arduous and time-consuming process. But without this step, urban development can fall behind schedule or go over budget.


Underground Assessment

Going hand-in-hand with geological excavation is an underground assessment. This assessment should determine the potential for underground utilities and construction in a specific area. By conducting this assessment, blueprints and plans are far easier to draft, resulting in a more straightforward approach to underground construction.

In addition, this underground assessment will factor into where utilities are placed based on the soil type. For example, clay, sand, and silt are not ideal for building, as frost or drainage issues can plague certain utilities long after construction.


Choosing the Right Underground Design and Construction Company


Whether urban development requires a company to assess, excavate, design, or build underground systems, they should always go with a reputable business. Companies that fit the mold often have the same characteristics, including:
The right equipment for the task, including underground technology that’s minimally invasive to the surface.
Experience in underground design and construction, as well as urban development
Knowledgeable staff from managers to laborers

While urban development certainly has potential pitfalls and other issues, this shouldn’t act as a deterrent for growing cities and municipalities. With EPS Engineering, a thorough development proposal, and contingency plans, urban development can turn a blighted area under budget and on time.

For multiple decades now, EPS Engineering has partnered with local municipalities on some of the most complex underground projects. Our in-depth experiences combined with an excellent team and the largest fleet of advanced equipment, allows us to deliver successful project in time and within budget every time. Give us a call and let’s discuss your next project.


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Domestic Drinking Water and City Infrastructure

Domestic Drinking Water and City Infrastructure

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Clean water is essential for a high quality of life throughout the world. In westernized nations, the dependence on domestic water lines and treatment plants to deliver this water shouldn’t be understated. That’s why maintenance on these systems are so important. Without a trusted civil engineering firm providing top-notch service, clean water can become a concern for municipalities. To improve city infrastructure and domestic drinking water capabilities, local governments shouldn’t opt for second-best or cost-cutting measures.

A Quick History of Clean Drinking Water

Drinking water comes from a variety of sources. While some areas rely on lakes, rivers, or reservoirs, others obtain their water from underground aquifers. However, it wasn’t until 1974 that the U.S. government established the Safe Drinking Water Act. This piece of legislation appointed the EPA as an authority over all water purification processes and set the standard of water cleanliness on a national scale.

The Importance of Clean Drinking Water

Clean drinking water is more than just a quick drink out of the faucet. It’s an important facet of everyday life. Everything from cooking to showering requires clean water to prevent the incidence of waterborne illnesses. And although the United States has one of the world’s cleanest water supplies, obstacles still remain to maintain this privilege to the general public.

Water Line Maintenance Concerns in the United States

Maintaining clean water is far more involved than many people realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control, many water pipes and systems—even in urbanized areas—are more than 100 years old. As a result, these systems are more susceptible to cracked or burst pipes and water main breaks that can result in boil orders or contaminated water.

Moreover, the American Water Works Association estimates that repairing existing systems and expanding drinking water systems to reach a sprawling suburban migration will cost up to $1 trillion over the next 25 years.

Using a Trusted Civil Engineering Company to Maintain Domestic Water Lines

As more and more systems require maintenance, municipalities must act quickly to keep their clean water pipes from falling into disrepair. Yet not just any company is up to the task. As a result, local governments must choose a trusted civil engineering company to maintain domestic water lines.

EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing has years of experience in the industry, an expert staff to get the job done, and a proven track record for water line maintenance, installation, and repair. In addition, we have the proper equipment. This includes separate equipment for working on drinking water lines as opposed to sewer lines to limit the chance of contamination and waterborne illnesses.

Clean drinking water isn’t just a benefit of citizens; it’s something that should be a human right. But even in countries such as the U.S., outdated infrastructure and less experienced companies put this right at risk. Therefore, a reputable civil engineering company is the only true solution to the problems associated with maintenance, installation, and repair of water lines. It may cost a bit more, but the results will speak for themselves. If you’d like to discuss a Bay Area underground construction or civil engineering project with our team, give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist.  No project is too large or too small for our experienced team to handle, we’ll be happy to share our large portfolio of complete project over the past two decades with you


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Municipal Underground Sewer Rehabilitation

Municipal Underground Sewer Rehabilitation

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Talk about trenchless technology and sewer rehabilitation that involves municipalities and entire

neighborhoods. Just like plumbing at home, lines and pipes underground take a beating so the cities and local counties are always involved in rehabilitating these underground lines.  EPS Inc. is proud to be a reliable partner for the Bay Area municipalities when they need an equipped and experienced underground construction contractor.

Many underground sewers throughout the country are aged and outdated, relying on old technology such as clay and cast-iron pipes. As a result, the threat of sewers backing up and underground infrastructure failing is an alarming reality. Fortunately, municipalities are rising up to the challenge of aging infrastructure by undergoing mass sewer rehabilitation.

With the added benefit of trenchless technology, the process is becoming far less invasive, yet the results are the same: a fully functioning sewer system with a minimal chance of catastrophic failure. Here’s a glance at how the process works and what to expect as a result.

Why Underground Sewers Fail

Underground sewer pipes can fail for a number of reasons. But perhaps the most severe problem is due to the corrosive effects of hydrogen sulfide gas. A natural byproduct of human waste, this gas can corrode manholes as well as metal pipes. The gas is also highly flammable, adding another unsavory dimension to sewer rehab.

Rapid population growth in many municipalities has also led to increased levels of this gas, along with excess use on dated sewer systems. Throughout the country, many sewer systems are reaching the end of their useful life—typically in the range of 40 to 50 years. This can lead to a bevy of issues, including pipe displacement or pipe bursts.

One other reason why underground sewer systems fail is due to the material of the pipes. Clay pipes can break and move over time, while cast-iron and other metal pipes corrode due to water seepage and hydrogen sulfide gas. Fortunately, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes can amend this situation. Made from plastic, these pipes are durable, non-corrosive, lightweight, and easier to install.

How Trenchless Technology Is Revolutionizing Sewer Rehabilitation

In years past, sewer rehabilitation was an arduous process. Not only did workers have to dig out and replace pipes manually, but the disruption to traffic and damage to municipal and personal property was vast. Plus, the costs were exorbitant.

Today, trenchless technology makes these problems an aspect of the past. Unlike traditional sewer repair, this technology allows contractors to repair pipes within a matter of hours or days rather than weeks or months.

Making the repair process easier, trenchless technology also comes in a variety of options to suit timeframes and budgetary restrictions. The most common trenchless repairs for municipalities include:

  • Directional boring
  • Pipe bursting
  • Epoxy and resin (manhole-to-manhole lining)
  • Lateral pipe lining
  • Sectional point repairs

With several options, municipalities can choose the perfect option for their sewer rehabilitation needs. 

Sewer rehabilitation isn’t an aspect of municipal utilities that can wait until failure. Much to the contrary, it’s a process that requires a proactive approach from local councils and politicians With EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing on their side, they know they have a hands-on company that relies on its experienced staffed and vast fleet of necessary equipment to get the job done quickly, within budget, and least disruption to the local community.

Call to discuss an upcoming underground construction project in the Bay Area with Nick Bechwati, leading the way in providing innovative civil engineering techniques and technology to accomplish the task at hand no matter how complicated, large or small an underground construction project is.


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Express Plumbing
307 N. Amphlett Blvd San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: (800) 246-6425 $246 - $6425
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