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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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What Is Underground Engineering?

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An Underground engineering contractor and planning uses the science of repairing, replacing or installing subterranean sewer, water, telecommunications, power, and gas lines. The growing popularity of underground engineering has revolutionized the industry, offering streamlined and less invasive products than ever before.

If you’re tired of having a massive trench in your yard every time a utility goes out, underground engineering might just be the best thing to happen in years.

Going Trenchless

Going trenchless is what underground engineering is all about. Prior to the introduction of this science, utility companies had to locate the problematic area, dig out the area around the line, replace the damaged spot, and throw the soil back on top. Not only was this method an eyesore, but it was also time-consuming.

That’s what makes an underground engineering contractor a true feat of the engineering world. Using techniques such as pipe bursting, pipe reaming, micro tunneling, and horizontal directional drilling, workers can replace or install entire lengths or tracts of pipe or cables without affecting the ground above.

While homeowners appreciate not having to replant their lush, green lawns, municipalities and government entities have also joined the crusade. By doing so, they can limit damage to parks and sidewalks while also curbing the potential of traffic jams.

Why You Should Consider Underground Engineering

Keeping the areas above ground free of clutter, piles of soil, and the other eyesores of construction areas is always a bonus of underground engineering. But you have to dig deeper (no pun intended) to discover the other ways that this unique science provides benefits.

Because construction crews aren’t stuck digging 6- or 8-foot trenches and holes by hand or machine, it frees them up to complete other tasks or be sent out on other projects.

The only digging necessary is a small access pit that provides enough room to lower the underground engineering equipment into place. After that, the machine does all the work, laying downpipe or cables with ease and at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

Regardless of the individual, company, or government body, everyone has a budget.

Yet when old-school replacement methods go over-budget or take longer than expected, you’re the one left holding the bill. Underground engineering surreptitiously replaces your sewer, water, or gas lines minus the excessive bill. That’s something everyone can get behind.

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EPS Engineering in the Bay Area is a full-service company, experienced and equipped to handle all your municipal, residential and commercial projects. We are involved from the planning stage to long after execution. We meticulously approach each project with proper project planning.

Choose the Right Underground Engineering Contractor

If you’ve decided to try underground engineering for your project, the next step is to contact us because we get the job done on time and under budget. Unfortunately, not all contractors and companies are created equal.

Experience and knowledge are essential when it comes to finding the ideal company for the job.

This one-two punch assures you that they know exactly what they’re doing and can circumnavigate or resolve any issues that may arise during the installation or repair of underground pipes and cables.

In addition, you should locate a contractor that has all the latest equipment to streamline the project and ensure it’s done quickly and professionally.

Thanks to underground plumbing, the issues revolving around laying pipes and cables are a thing of the past. Our entire team at EPS Inc. is eager to assist you with your next project. Let’s talk.


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Why Hire a Trenchless Plumbing Company?

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No one ever wants a plumbing emergency, but when it happens, sometimes it involves going into the pipes underground.  Deciding to hire a trenchless plumbing company instead of a traditional plumber is extremely important and here’s why.

A Trenchless Plumbing Company Doesn’t Dig!

This is possibly one of the most important reasons, but the one that will get your attention the most is cost and time.  If a pipe underground needs to be repaired or replaced, there’s no other way to get around it but dig up a whole mess, unless trenchless technology is used for the pipe replacement.

Digging up the surrounding area will require additional costly repairs once the pipe is replaced.  Let’s not mention the plants or trees if they happen to be above the dug up area.

A trenchless plumbing contractor will use advanced technology to get to the underground pipe through one point of entry.  EPS Express Plumbing in San Mateo is a trenchless plumbing company that specializes in underground pipes.  From new installations, to replacements using pipe reaming, installations of underground utilities and everything in between.  The process is simple, effective, and quick.

Watch this video, where our commercial plumbing crew performed a sewer rehab in Daly City CA.  Using the trenchless pipe reaming process to install 1700 feet of 18″ HDPE pipe through an existing old 12″ vitrify clay pipe.  Can you imagine if the 1700 feet of road had to be dug up to get the job done?

Sure this project is huge when compared to the front or backyard, but the same concept applies.  Trenchless sewer repair and replacement happens everywhere, whether you’re a resident in the Bay Area or own a business.  Our team of expert plumbers is here to assist you in choosing the most effective method to repair, replace, or install underground pipe.

Contact Nick Bechwati, our hands-on owner for any upcoming project, no matter how big or small.  Companies, homeowners, businesses, and municipalities rely on our expertise, unwavering commitment to excellence, combined with experience and the best equipment available today.  If you have a plumbing problem, installation, or repair.  We’ve been serving the Bay Area since 1989 and look forward to serving you.

We provide trenchless plumbing services in the Bay Area including surrounding areas such as  Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, Half Moon Bay, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Bruno, Stanford, Woodside, Fremont, Mountain View, Colma, Foster City, Daly City, Brisbane, Union City, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, Foster City

 


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Join our Bay Area Water Conservation Efforts – Tips for the Family

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By now, parents throughout the country are relieved from the “back-to-school” rush.  Our Bay Area water conservation efforts have been implemented since we started in 1989.

As the #1 referred and preferred Bay Area plumbing contractor.  Our company is family owned and operated, we love the community we serve and always want to educate on preventative measures and tips to save our environment and save money for our clients.

Probably, the the last thing on your mind right now is water conservation, but we must remember the importance of saving water for our environment, and if that doesn’t interest you, how about saving money for yourself along the way?

Use these tips to make water conservation a fun learning experience for the kids, and something that will teach them good habits that last them a lifetime.

 

Water Conservation at Home

Must the faucet stay on the entire time while their brushing their teeth?  Once the brush and toothpaste is in their mouth, the average brushing time is two minutes.  Teach kids to shut off the faucet while brushing their teeth, this will save water and a hefty penny on your water bill

Conserve Water at School

Hygiene is a very important part of not spreading infectious diseases at school, remind kids to wash their hands before and after recess or anytime they eat, but also remind them to shut off the faucet while they’re scrubbing their hands.

This will help in the effort of conserving H2O and will quickly become a habit they follow at home.

Make the learning experience fun and rewarding.  It’s not a matter of you “have to do this” but “you should because”.

Discuss the details with the children and allow them to participate in these efforts that will help our environment and their future.

Debora Bekins, a Bay Area residential plumbing client said to one of our plumbers in San Francisco “I took my kids to the aquarium, and explained to them how important it is to keep our environment clean and healthy so we can enjoy things like this.  We wouldn’t want all these fish not to have water anymore, would we?”

That might be a little drastic, but not far off.  Whatever works for you and your family, do it.  Get the kids involved in your efforts and they’ll be so excited to share with their friends and teachers at school.

Water Conservation Tips for Mom and Dad

Set a good example by following the same instructions given to the kids

Fix leaks quickly and don’t let them get worse.  We are a 24 hour plumber!

Water your lawn early morning or late evening

Remember to turn off the sprinklers on rainy day

Go to a car wash that recycles water instead of washing it in the driveway

Don’t run the washing machine and dishwasher until they’re completely full

According to the EPA, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day per home.

If you implement these small water saving tips at home, you will not only be helping the environment but will also see a drastic change in your water bill.

“Maybe you could use the savings to take a trip with the kids to the aquarium or somewhere to enjoy the beautiful nature we so well need to protect and preserve.”

Let’s share and keep this conversation going.  Do you use any other methods of conservation? We would love to hear from you and share it with others in our Bay Area community.


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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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Why is Video Inspection of Sewer Lines So Important?

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Unfortunately Sewer line plumbing problems tend to come up when we least expect them, but knowing how to handle the situation best can save you lots of money and time. Sewer lines are often the issue, and a video camera inspection can quickly pinpoint the area needing the most attention.

What is a sewer video camera?

Before you get excited send your iPhone down the drain to take a video, it’s important to note that a video camera for the sewer line is a specialty camera generally used by professional plumbers and not available on the open market for the general public. We use it more, so it’s worth the investment.

Why have a sewer line video done?

Let’s just say it won’t be a YouTube hit, but it will minimize the hit on your pocket. Here are some very common reasons why we get called out to perform a video inspection of sewer lines in the Bay Area. This is just a few examples and not a inclusive list of reasons.

  • A real estate transaction may require an inspection on older homes
  • Homeowners lost something of value down the drain and want to locate it
  • A block or clog in the drain that’s in the sewer line and must be located

“A little rat decides to visit during a video inspection”

Sewer line video inspection cost?

Our San Mateo plumbing company always provides a free estimate, so you’ll always know the cost upfront. The exact cost will vary depending on the length of the pipe, location, difficulty in performing the task, and location of the sewer line.

Benefits of a Real-Time Sewer Line Video Inspection

A big problem can be created from a small one if you’re not dealing with an experienced plumber, trenches are dug up, pipes are cut and simply a big mess is created that you don’t want to deal with emotionally or financially.

Real time sewer line inspections save you time and money by taking the guess work out of the equation.
We are insured, bonded, and certified to handle all sewer repair and installation requests.

In fact our plumbing company has the advanced equipment needed to perform multi-directional sewer line inspections. We can reach tough places, and our advanced equipment gives your real-time inspection.

Like most home repair problems, catching issues early is very important, so the more you maintain the plumbing the less problems you have in the long run, but if ever you have a lateral line obstruction, sewer repair or installation, you can rely on our San Mateo area plumbers to get it done right the first time. We’ve been your sewer line experts since 1989.


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Trenchless Solutions vs. Traditional

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When you need a new sewer line or a plumbing repair it’s important to know the facts about trenchless solutions vs. the traditional methods.

Traditional Plumbing Repairs

A traditional plumbing repair may require exposing the pipes along an entire trench or line in the backyard or front yard.  There are also many occasions when the pipe or sewer you’re trying to repair is under the house or an area that’s difficult to reach.

In order to reach the location, digging is required, this tends to create a big mess up top that will also require repairing after the work is done underneath.  Whether it’s concrete or dirt, grass, and flowers, it has to be put back.  More work means a longer period of time, and more money.

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Trenchless Vs. Traditional Plumbing Repairs

Trenchless means exactly the way it sounds “trench less”, this means any plumbing repair or installation is done without any digging.  Advanced equipment allows the contractor to get to the point of repair or installation without creating a large dug up area that will need follow up and repair.

Trenchless solutions are used at our San Mateo plumbing company for all repairs and new installations. We promote methods that not only save time, but also save our clients money.

Besides time, and money, when you choose trenchless solutions you’re protecting the environment.

We’ve been serving the Bay Area since 1989.  Our company has helped thousands of home owners with trenchess sewer replacement and trenchless plumbing repairs.  We’ve been labeled the “No dig” plumbers in San Mateo.

If you’re in need to a plumbing repair or a new line installation, you owe it to yourself and your budget to find out about the advanced plumbing techniques available to you in the Bay Area.

Schedule a free consultation, we’re happy to give you a quote that won’t cost you a dime, and answer all your questions about trenchless solutions vs traditional plumbing methods.


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