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Commercial Underground Pipes and Proper Maintenance

Commercial Underground Pipes and Proper Maintenance

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Just like residential plumbing systems, underground lines and pipes for municipalities and commercial properties can take a beating over time. That’s why local governments and business owners should familiarize themselves with the importance of proper maintenance for underground pipes and utilities. With routine maintenance and consistent monitoring, these pipes will provide their intended services without the risk of catastrophe.

Trenchless Technology and Its Role in Underground Pipe Maintenance

Underground pipe maintenance isn’t a simple fix, or at least traditionally. But over the past decade or so, trenchless technology has been a saving grace in the industry. Without the need to dig huge holes manually or with heavy machinery, the amount of time needed to fix underground pipes has been halved or become even more efficient than that.

In addition, studies show that nearly $1 trillion of aging water and sewage pipes across American will need to be replaced within the next 25 years. But with trenchless technology techniques such as directional drilling, microtunneling, pipe ramming, and pipe bursting, municipalities and commercial properties can fix the issue on time and under budget.

Sewer Rehabilitation

Destroyed over time by roots, natural wear, and tear, and other environmental factors, sewer pipes are always a concern for homeowners, commercial property owners, and municipalities. But with the advent of trenchless technology for pipes and maintenance, how people approach the problem has changed drastically.

Again, instead of digging a hole and searching for signs of aging or leaks, trenchless tech provides an easier way to fix any issues. Small, flexible cameras can find signs of potential problems. Once these issues are discovered by the technician, pipe bursting (installing a larger pipe inside the original pipe by breaking the old pipe), slip lining (installing a smaller pipe in the original pipe, or cured-in-place piping is administered.

Using any of these techniques can prevent a full-scale project with holes and potential hazards present in highly trafficked areas. And with the addition of trenchless technologies, governments may even save money due to the less amount of man hours per project.

Time Is a Major Factor

Time is always a major factor with regard to underground pipes and infrastructure repair. And that’s what makes trenchless solutions such an excellent choice for a project. With less setup work, easy operation of the machinery, and quicker repairs, trenchless options provide a fast option for projects where time is of the essence.

Hiring the Right Company for Underground Pipes and Maintenance

With the latest breakthroughs in underground maintenance technology, municipalities should begin to take a proactive approach to underground infrastructure. The more they can monitor pipes and provide maintenance, the less of a chance that a major problem is likely to occur.

But these same government entities and companies should also be wary about who they hire for the work, as not just any company will do. Therefore, they should look for a company with the right mix of modernized equipment, a skilled staff, and years of experience. By doing so, maintenance of pipes and underground systems becomes a routine expense that offers a fully working solution to plumbing, sewer, and other utilities.

EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing has been serving the Bay Area since 1989.  We are an advanced civil engineering and plumbing contractor.  Our fleet of advanced equipment combined with our experienced technicians can get the project done within budget and on time.

If you have an upcoming project, contact Nick Bechwati today to discuss plans.


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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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How Municipal Projects Continue During COVID-19

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter the personal and professional lives of people around the globe, many individuals continue to work on essential jobs. One of the jobs that continue as scheduled deals with municipal sewer and pipe projects. These particular projects are vital during the COVID-19 pandemic as the strain to existing infrastructure increases and more people are forced to stay at home.

Yet despite this heightened demand, workers continue to tackle projects for the convenience and betterment of citizens. Here is how our professionals brave conditions to bring people the sewer and water services they need.

Basic Safety Protocols and Precautions

Although some contractors and builders have deemed their businesses nonessential, municipal projects are an integral service. That’s why many jurisdictions are continuing their projects as scheduled. Even as these water and sewer projects continue, companies, governments, and contractors are putting specific safety protocols and precautions on work.

EPS Engineering considers safety a top priority for both our employees and the community. We follow all guidelines by the CDC and have protocols in place to continue serving our community safely.

On March 25, 2020, the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC)—a group of 25 trade associations—released safety guidelines to protect employees and workers as they continued to fix or install sewer and water lines. In addition to masks and other personal protective equipment, the protocols also outline other tips, including:

  • Disinfecting and cleaning surfaces.
  • Work practices to ensure cleanliness and minimize the spread of disease.
  • How to handle potential illnesses on the job site.
  • Social distancing

Using these guidelines, municipal job sites can remain secure and free from the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Constant Assessment of Job Sites

To secure the job site, foremen and supervisors should constantly assess job sites. Not only should this include a thorough daily inspection of the site, but also making sure that workers follow the guidelines laid out by the CISC.

Social distancing should also be enforced throughout the workday, and discussions or disciplinary action handed out to workers who disobey these rules.

How COVID-19 Is Affecting Municipal Projects

Despite some companies continuing their projects and efforts during COVID-19, certain aspects of the business continue to suffer. According to one survey of the Associated General Contractors of America, 28% of companies reported that the government or a local agency had prevented them from bidding on or completing work. In addition, 22% discussed the lack of material because of a supplier cancellation, as well as up to 20% of projects cancelled or delayed for at least 30 days.

The long-term effects on municipal projects may not be recognized until after these stay-at-home directives are lifted. But our technicians, engineers, and plumbers continue to follow strict safety guidelines to ensure that our local community has the services they need.

Although “essential” is a loose definition, our workers and company repairs and builds sewer and water infrastructure and we continue to improve the lives of others during this time of uncertainty.

Our essential services are what continue to make this time less difficult, while also ensuring the integrity of infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

From our entire team at EPS Inc. We are here for our Bay Area community and remind everyone to keep hope alive as we navigate through this pandemic.


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Why Is Civil Engineering More Complex?

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A civil engineering contractor provides a complex form of engineering for several reasons. Not only do civil engineers provide the transportation, utility infrastructure, and buildings that allow modern society to function, but they must also make it coexist with existing structures and nature.

With so much responsibility riding on the shoulders of civil engineering projects, it’s important to understand the various aspects that make it a complex and crucial part of all types of construction projects.

EPS Inc. has been providing civil engineering services and underground infrastructure support in the Bay Area for multiple decades. We rely on our experience, advanced equipment and professional staff to support the residential, commercial, and municipal sector in the South Bay.

Underground Infrastructure

Underground infrastructure is what makes high quality of life possible. Although few people ever see the underpinnings of plumbing, sewer, and other utility lines, they’re an integral part of everyday life.

Deciding how and where to lay underground infrastructure is one of the most difficult problems faced in civil engineering. These pipes and utility lines must follow a specific set of guidelines without interfering with existing infrastructure or affecting the property of private individuals for a prolonged period of time.

Unlike other branches of engineering, the area to build such infrastructure isn’t a blank canvas. Rather, it’s a time-consuming process that has several moving parts. Figuring out how to complete a project on time and under budget is a crucial aspect that further exacerbates the challenge of many civil engineering projects.

Limiting Damage to Existing Infrastructure

Another crucial aspect of civil engineering is attempting to limit the damage to existing infrastructure. When laying or repairing sewer lines, underground pipe, electrical lines, and other utilities, the overarching idea is to reduce the potentially devastating effect it has on roads, sidewalks, and greenery.

To complete this task, many civil engineers turn to trenchless digging. To complete underground projects without disturbing the surface, civil engineers start by assessing the damaged areas or the places that are ideal for new pipes and lines. Once they’ve determined where to start the project, trenchless digging comes into play.

Without an abundance of crew and equipment needed for digging, trenchless options reduce costs and don’t need to tear out roads or landscaping. Workers either dig a small pit to place the trenchless digging equipment or they drive the pipe downward using specialized equipment. This allows crews to complete the project with only a mild disturbance above ground.

Choosing the Right Civil Engineering Contractor for Projects

Once a civil engineering project has been conceptualized, budgeted, and planned, the next step is to find a reputable, respected, honest and experienced civil engineering contractor. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, especially if the funding or budget isn’t concrete.

That’s why you need a licensed, experienced, and well-equipped civil engineering contractor. When you choose a company with proper licensing and experience, you can feel confident that the job will be completed up to professional standard without worrying about any shortcomings. Well-equipped and well-staffed companies can also limit the amount of time it takes to complete a civil engineering project, enabling you to stay on task.

On your next civil engineering project, don’t take any chances by going with a cheaper or less experienced contractor. The success and outcome of your venture will depend on it. Contact us with any upcoming projects no matter how simple or complex anywhere in the Bay Area.


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Benefits of Trenchless Repair for Sewer, Water, and Utility Lines

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When sewer, water, and utility lines become damaged, time is of the essence. Waiting too long to repair the damage can result in more catastrophic consequences, and people must suffice without the services that make life easier. To exacerbate the problem, a team must dig far below the ground to locate and diagnose the problem. Thankfully, trenchless repair is making the time-consuming effort of digging holes obsolete. If you need to repair sewer, water, or utility lines, discover the benefits of going trenchless.

How Trenchless Repair Works

Before diving into the benefits of trenchless repair for sewer, water, and utility lines, here’s a crash course on how the technology works. A trained professional first uses a camera to find the damaged area of the pipe. Once they’ve determined the problematic area, they clear the pipe as much as possible with water and begin the trenchless operation.

Several trenchless technologies exist, but in most instances, workers dig out a small area to find an access point, although this area is far smaller than traditional trench repair. Using a mechanical guide pipe, technicians can implement techniques such as pipe bursting, micro tunneling, and horizontal directional drilling. In less severe cases involving sewer lines, workers may also access the line through the home and repair the area by using a cured-in-place pipe.

Trenchless Saves Time

Traditional trench digging is a time-consuming process. It requires a large staff of laborers to dig a hole or several holes over a day or several days. If the dig results in many complications such as flooding, a burst pipe, or the release of raw sewage, this can set the operation back even further. With trenchless repair, the amount of time spent digging and repairing is a fraction of traditional methods.

Trenchless Saves Money

Although the upfront costs of trenchless repair are often a bit higher than digging, many homeowners, business owners, and municipalities fail to factor in extraneous costs. Some crews might replace dug-out areas with sod, but few are willing to replace flowers, trees, gardens, or other landscaping. To return the affected area to the status quo, you have to buy all the plants and mulch again, as well as a gardener or your own time to complete the job.

With trenchless digging, none of this is a concern. Your landscaping and yard remain relatively untouched, and you may never know a crew was ever there. Plus, the smaller amount of workers and less need for heavy machinery can often make trenchless digging a better value.

Trenchless Repair Provides Better Plumbing and Sewer

Trenchless repair for utility lines is highly effective, but plumbing and sewer lines go one step further. Because trenchless repairs use seamless pipes, sewer and water lines get some distinct advantages.

The seamless pipe reduces the obstructions caused by pipes made of other materials. They also last longer, are far less likely to clog and are more accessible if repair or replacement is necessary for the future.

If you’re facing a potential disaster with a faulty sewer, water, or utility line, don’t get sucked into the trap of opting for traditional methods. With all of the benefits of trenchless repair, there’s no reason to fix the problem any other way.

EPS Engineering is an underground construction Bay Area contractor. We provide our services to residential, commercial and municipal clients throughout the San Francisco area. Contact us to discuss any upcoming projects.


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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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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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