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Service Feeders – Overhead Utility Lines vs Underground Utility Lines

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Since the introduction of electric power transmission lines in 1889, overhead utilities have been the standard for all types of services. Electricity, phone, cable, and internet are all pumped into residential and commercial buildings via utility poles. But with the advent of underground digging and trenchless technology, utility companies and municipalities have begun to see the advantages of underground power. While both have their advantages, underground utility and power lines are quickly becoming the gold standard in the industry.

Overhead Utilities

Overhead utility lines are service feeders strung atop large poles. Measuring 30- to 60-feet in height, buried 6 feet below the surface, and made of wood, these poles are manufactured to withstand severe weather and inadvertent collisions from automobiles.

Feeder wires from these utility poles are then connected to your home through masts on the roof or the side of your home. Because these feeder wires are suspended in the air, they don’t interfere with anything on the ground. However, they are vulnerable to ice, falling tree limbs, and other inclement weather because of their exposure to the elements.

Underground Utilies

The service provider still uses utility poles to run underground utility lines, but instead of suspending them above ground, they run a pipe underground. Workers then push feeder wire through these underground pipes and into a transformer, which acts as an intermediary between the power source and your home. The feeder lines are installed into one side of the transformer, while the other side features cables that connect to your electric meter and circuit breaker.

Unlike overhead utility lines, underground utility lines aren’t exposed to weather that can cause severe damage. Utility companies also clearly mark these lines so that homeowners or construction crews don’t accidentally damage them when running trenches for other utilities, digging water fixtures, or landscaping. The result is a cleaner look and a reduced chance of damage that can take days or weeks to fix.

Advantages of Underground Utility Lines

Aside from less exposure to weather, underground utility lines have numerous other advantages. Underground power lines have extended reach due to less voltage drop. Voltage drop is a decrease in electrical potential, which is lessened by underground power lines because of lower reactance, or the impedance of a circuit.

Although overhead utility lines are more affordable to install — by many estimates, up to 80% cheaper — underground utility lines offset this through lower maintenance costs. With little repair work needed during heavy storms and no extraneous costs such as tree trimming, underground utilities often pay for themselves within a few years.

Transitioning from Overhead to Underground Service Feeders

In densely populated areas and new subdivisions, many builders and municipalities are turning to underground service feeders or transitioning from overhead to underhead. This minimally invasive service only requires workers to dig a small hole near the home and one near the utility pull. Using a trenchless boring machine, they can run the utility lines from the service pole to the home in just a few hours.

With so many advantages over overhead service feeders, underground service feeders are the next wave in how utility companies and local governments power homes. No other type of installation process offers streamlined service that protects the curb appeal of homes and their ability to get the power they need.

Express Plumbing a division of EPS Inc. has been servicing municipalities, industrial, commercial, and the residential sector in the Bay Area for multiple decades. We specialize in planning and executing civil engineering projects including underground utility lines.


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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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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.

Eps Underground Engineering Contractor bay area

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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What is Underground Utility Construction?  EPS Explains

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

Underground Utility Construction Explained

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

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

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

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

Underground Utility Solutions with EPS

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

OSHA Trained Underground Utility Crew

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

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

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

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

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


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Cost Effective Pipe Repair or Replacement Solution

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If you own a home or business and you’ve been receiving a high water bill lately, you’ll more than likely have a leak and need a pipe repair or replacement done quickly!
Not taking care of leaks right away will only increase those bills, so there’s no time to waste and you’ll need a plumber that acts fast. EPS Express Plumbing is a Bay Area pipe repair and replacement expert. We offer solutions that meet budgets and deadlines.

Pipe Repair or Replacement?

First thing we will do is evaluate the situation and provide you with a FREE no obligation estimate. The cost will obviously vary whether it’s a repair or a complete replacement.
Unlike other plumbing companies, EPS doesn’t have to get to the pipes by digging up your lawn, tearing down the walls, or floors. We simply choose one access point and give you a cost-effective pipe repair or replacement without leaving a mess behind.

If the area is dug up just to locate a pipeline, just imagine the added cost to get it back to normal.

Our pipe repair or replacement services are offered to residential clients, businesses, and municipalities throughout the entire Bay Area. We’ve been repairing, installing, and connecting pipes since 1989.

Pipe Repair or Replacement Efficiency

We have dedicated equipment and an experienced crew to get the job done quickly. The faster it’s done, the less expensive it is for you as the client. Depending on the size of the project, many of which can be done in one or two days.

Check out our recently completed pipe repair project in Daly City, using the trenchless pipe reaming technique on 1700 feet of 18” High Density Polyethylene pipe installed through the existing old 12” vitrify clay pipe.

No matter what size project you need our Bay Area underground pipe repair team for, EPS Express Plumbing is eager and ready to help.
You can always rely on us to provide you with simple, cost effective, and long lasting trenchless pipe repair, and pipe replacement solutions.

EPS Express Plumbing is the #1 referred building, engineering, and plumbing contractor in the Bay Area among homeowners, business owners, builders, and municipalities.
Don’t let a small leak turn into a plumbing disaster, contact us quickly. We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including holidays and weekends, and consider ourselves the Bay Area’s emergency response team.


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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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What do Our San Francisco Underground Construction Projects Consist Of?

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

Trenchless Underground Projects

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

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

 

Underground Pipe Replacement

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

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

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

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

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


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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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San Francisco Underground Utilities & Trenchless Sewer Upgrade

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

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

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

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

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

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


ENJOY THE PROJECT SNAPSHOTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

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

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

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


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