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5 Spooky Underground Destinations

5 Spooky Underground Destinations

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Abandoned homes, ruins, and graveyards all have a creepy factor that’s off the charts. But what if you took the same idea and put it far below the Earth’s surface? You’d have spooky underground destinations that add another haunting element to the equation. If you’ve ever wondered what some of the scariest underground destinations are around the world, here’s a quick list to quell your curiosity.

1. Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam

Winding through the jungle and hills of Southern Vietnam, the Cu Chi Tunnels were dug by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. With these tunnels, the Viet Cong could move undetected toward unsuspecting U.S. troops.

Today, you can visit the Cu Chi tunnels, but there’s something creepy knowing that these tunnels were used to fight agains the U.S. And with the rusted remains of artillery, tanks, and armored cars, the visit is almost off-putting.

2. Batu Caves in Malaysia

The 140-foot gold plated Hindu god outside of the Batu Caves in Malaysia is an impressive entrance into the caves below. But with somewhat creepy cave drawings, sculptures of eerie Hindu folklore, and ambient lighting just about everywhere, it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.

3. The Paris Catacombs

Meticulously carved by humans beneath the City of Lights, the Paris Catacombs holds over 6 million bodies over five levels. Built in the late 18th century, the catacombs were initally made to address the need to move bodies over a rapidly expanding city. Today, you can get a one-hour tour of the catacombs, but be on the lookout for skeletons — which are just about everywhere you look.

4. Edinburgh Vaults

The Edinburgh Vaults in Scotland are another urban underground structure known for ghastly sightings. However, these weren’t built as a burial ground. In the late 19th century, the city built the vaults to hold food, but due to high poverty levels, the poor of the city started to use the vaults as their home. The vaults also became home to the city’s red light district, adding to the mystery, intrigue, and general creepiness of the vaults themselves.

5. Berlin’s Underground Bunkers

During WWII, the Nazis built miles of underground tunnels and bunkers beneath the city streets of Berlin. Constructed to withstand shelling and bombing from Allied forces, some of the bunkers were the final resting place of Berlin residents, as well as members of the Nazi party. Today, you can take a one-hour tour of the bunker, giving you plenty of time to contemplate the atrocities that WWII created.

Avoid Scary Underground Construction nightmares

If you don’t want a scary season with your underground infrastructure, the only sane thing to do is hire trained professionals for your next project. Regardless of the scope of your project, EPS Express Plumbing has the equipment, staff, and expertise to complete your project on time and within your budget. So, whether you need to dig underground infrastructure for sewage, electricity, or another utility, contact us as your underground infrastructure professional today.


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What’s New in Civil Engineering in 2022

What’s New in Civil Engineering in 2022

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Innovation is perhaps the single most important aspect in the field of civil engineering. Without innovation, quality, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability of both commercial and residential construction projects can stagnate. This, in turn, can lead to over-budget projects that aren’t done on time — two aspects that customers, builders, and firms can’t afford to have. But each year, innovative new concepts and products are changing the world of civil engineering. Here’s what’s new in civil engineering in 2022.

Implementation of Drones

Drones are everywhere. Photographers, drone racers, or just novice pilots all enjoy getting behind the controls and discovering new and hidden things. However, drone application to job sites has become more popular in recent times.

In 2022, the implementation of drones for civil engineering projects is transforming how project managers work. By flying a drone over a construction area, managers can observe large areas of land, as well as identify any potential issues along the way.

Self-Sealing Concrete

Concrete is one of the most common building materials on the planet, but due to sudden changes in temperature and weather, it’s also prone to cracking. Fortunately, self-sealing concrete may be available in the near future.

While the technology isn’t quite ready for market, self-sealing concrete uses small fibers or capsules filled with adhesives. When the concrete starts to crack, these capsules and fibers spring into action, filling the crack, preventing additional damage, and avoiding any problems with stability or aesthetics.

At EPS Engineering, we are focused on always researching and implementing new innovations, techniques and equipment that make sense for our customers.  Cost savings and efficiency without sacrificing on quality is key.  We love sharing these new innovations we research with you, whether we choose to implement them or not. 

Photovoltaic Glazing

With increases in greenhouse gas emissions and global warming at the forefront of global issues, humans need to develop a solution to keep the planet safe. One of the ideas swirling around is photovoltaic glazing.

Photovoltaic glazing is a type of outer coating that can be placed on the exterior of buildings to help them generate their own electricity. Essentially, this glaze allows buildings to supplement existing power systems and turn buildings into larger solar panels. Builders can place this glaze on several areas, such as:

  • Roof shingles
  • Skylights
  • Roof tiles
  • Building facades

With these additional power sources, occupants of the building depend less on fossil fuels to heat, cool, and power their homes.

Kinetic Footfall Power Generation

Another interesting idea in civil engineering in 2022 is kinetic footfall power generation. The idea is simple. Builders create blocks on the ground in places frequented by heavy foot traffic. When people step onto these blocks, the block connects to components that help generate power.

While this sounds like science fiction, it actually may become reality in the near future. It may not produce loads of power, but even enough to power the lights in a park is well worth the effort.

What Lies Ahead for Civil Engineering?

With so many interesting and innovative new ideas within the civil engineering field, creating new ideas may seem impossible. But each and every year, talented individuals and firms are finding ways to improve new and existing infrastructure to improve the longevity and quality of projects.

What lies next? Only time will tell, but fresh, original ideas are never too far off in the industry. The only thing left to do is sit back and wait for 2023. 

If you’d like to discuss civil engineering, underground construction, digging, or plumbing projects in the Bay Area, we’re happy to help. 

We can provide you with a detailed assessment and proposal whether it’s an existing structure, new construction, above ground or underground.  EPS Engineering has been serving the Bay Area for multiple decades, let us know how we can be of assistance.  Contact us today.


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New Construction Engineering

New Construction Engineering

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

Why Underground Infrastructure Is Integral to Success

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

Less Expensive Over Time

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

Less Maintenance

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

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

Working With the Right Company

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

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

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

The Hallmarks of a Great Engineering Company

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

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

Why You Should Choose an Experienced Civil Engineering Firm

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

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


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Why Your Dream Home Needs Proper Underground Infrastructure

Why Your Dream Home Needs Proper Underground Infrastructure

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Cookie-cutter homes have been popular throughout the United States for over 70 years. For developers, creating the same home over and over again was a cost-cutting measure, especially for consumers that were more worried about leaving the city than residential architecture.

But tastes and times have changed. While a generic home used to be popular among homebuyers, the desire for something that’s unique and custom-built often trumps the idea of merely buying a home. So if you’ve ever dreamed of building your dream home, you aren’t alone. And while picking the right spot and choosing the right plans are integral, don’t forget about one often overlooked aspect: underground infrastructure.

Why Underground Infrastructure Matters

You probably don’t think about underground infrastructure when you flick a light switch, flush your toilet, or turn on the sink. But all of this revolves around your underground infrastructure. By building these subterranean lines, you avoid the unsightly wires that plague above-ground infrastructure.

So unless you want a jungle of wires connected to your house, underground infrastructure is essential. Plus, there’s nothing worse about building your dream home than having it draped in wires and ruining the ambiance and aesthetic of the property you’ve worked so hard to create.

How to Assess a Lot for Proper Underground Infrastructure

One you’ve found a lot that appeals to you, assessing it for proper underground infrastructure installation is ideal. Soil and the water table are two crucial aspects of the inspection. If the water table is too high, you risk constant flooding, as well as possible damage to your underground pipes.

The type and hardness of the soil are also of the utmost concern. The ground has to be sturdy enough to support the home, but it also must be soft enough that digging out the soil for the foundation and underground infrastructure is attainable. As a result, make sure to hire a contractor with the ability to assess the soil before you buy.

Choosing the Right Contractor for Your Underground Infrastructure

Now that you have the lot, the blueprints, and the permits, the next step is to find the right contractor for the job. Unfortunately, not all contractors are created equal. You need to find one that has:

  • The right equipment for the job, whether they own it or can reasonably rent it
  • The most experience possible
  • A staff or team with a proven track record and expertise in the field

EPS Engineering a division of Express Plumbing is your underground infrastructure contractor in the Bay Area.  Equipped and staffed to handle any size project from blueprint to reality. 

In many cases, the lot you choose will have easy hookups to water, electric, and waste. But if you decide to build in a rural area or something further away from neighborhoods and people, underground infrastructure becomes an essential part of your plans for a dream home.

So, before you buy or build, make sure you partner with us in order to assess the feasibility and costs of the project. The success, budget, and your love of the home all depends on it.

To discuss future or upcoming projects, or to learn more, contact our owner Nick Bechwati directly.  We are a hands-on company, he is involved in every aspect of project planning to long after the project is done.

We will support you as you turn your dream into a reality, consider us your civil engineering partner in the Bay Area.


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Signs You May Need to Replace Your Water Main

Signs You May Need to Replace Your Water Main

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Your water main and plumbing system are the hidden lifeblood of your home. Without them, you’re in for a debacle of epic proportions. However, many people ignore some of the issues with a faulty water main based almost solely on the cost involved. However, catching some of the early signs that you may need maintenance can actually save you money. So if you’re wondering whether your water main or water line needs replacement, look out for these telltale signs.

Constant Running Water

One of the biggest signs that you may need to replace or fix your water main is when you constantly hear the sound of running water in your home. If you live in a purchased condo, townhome, or apartment, this may not affect you. But if you own a single-family home, keep an ear out for constant running water. Additionally, any banging or whistling sounds can also be the result of a faulty water main.

Low Water Pressure

From time to time, your home may have low water pressure. This can be due to a number of reasons, but if it persists, it could be a sign of a broken water main. In particular, if the water pressure gets worse over time, your water main could be the culprit.

Damp Spots

Some damp spots in a house are inevitable. Perhaps you live in an area with high humidity. However, persistent damp spots in the same area could mean that your water main isn’t draining out to the main sewer or water line. Unless you spilled water or you have a leak in the roof, you may want to consider an inspection regarding your constantly damp or wet areas.

Sky-High Water Bills

When you own a home for a while, you get a basic idea of how much you should pay for water. While certain times of the year may necessitate a higher water bill, such as when you’re watering your lawn or having the kids run through the sprinkler, higher water bills aren’t necessarily something you should just accept.

When your water bill continually rises or goes to new heights, chances are that something is wrong with your water main. The only sensible thing to do is to hire a professional to inspect everything and find out what’s wrong with your plumbing system.

Water on the Street

One of the biggest problems with identifying a water main problem is that the issue may not exist within your home. Sometimes, the telltale sign is outside of the home. Ruptured water main pipes may actually push water to the surface either through your lawn or out onto the nearby street. If you notice excessive amounts of water and you’re not sure where they’re from, your water main may need an inspection.

A water main or water line replacement, while expensive, isn’t something you should put to the side. If you wait too long, you could end up paying hundreds or thousands of extra dollars. So, if you see any of the signs of a faulty line, don’t wait. Call our professionals at EPS-Engineering today to take care of the issue and leave your plumbing situation in good hands.

EPS-Engineering a division of Express Plumbing serves the Bay Area by providing civil engineering, plumbing and underground construction.  We serve commercial, municipal and residential clients throughout the Bay.  We are experienced and equipped to handle any size job above or below ground.  Give us a call today.


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Who Is Responsible for the Main Sewer Line?

Who Is Responsible for the Main Sewer Line?

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Buried underground, your sewer line plays a vital role in your home. However, few notice the inconspicuous sewer line until it comes under duress or fails entirely. And that’s when homeowners hit the panic button. If a sewer line bursts or backs up, it’s certainly a cause for concern. But before you decide to call the insurance company or gather estimates, you should know when the repairs are your responsibility or the city’s responsibility. Here’s what you should know.

What Are Sewer Lines?

An upper lateral sewer line is an underground pipe that carries waste and wastewater from your home to the edge of your property line. Here it meets the lower lateral sewer line which feeds the wastewater to the public sewer.

When Are Homeowners Responsible for the Main Sewer Line?

Almost every type of damage to a sewer lateral is the responsibility of the homeowner. This includes both the upper and lower lateral, even if it goes beyond your property. In some cases, the lower lateral may be the responsibility of the city, but this is rare. More times than not, the homeowner is on the hook.

Sewer laterals most often fail or burst due to age, tree roots, or the material they’re constructed from. In particular, old clay pipes are especially perceptible to damage, as they’re far more brittle than modern PVC pipes. In other cases, a blockage or a pipe handling both sewer and storm drainage can, also known as a combined sewer, can cause the sewer lateral to become overloaded, backing up into your home.

Fortunately, most homeowners’ insurance policies cover damage to the sewer lateral. However, these policies can be costly and you may have to pay a hefty deductible before the contractor breaks ground.

At EPS Engineering we specialize in underground sewer.  Our team of San Mateo Plumbers and engineers can help you assess the situation in order to move forward with the most affordable and feasible solution.

When Is the City Responsible for the Main Sewer Line?

While some cities may fix the lower lateral sewer line, a majority of municipalities only repair the main sewer line. To determine who’s responsible, the city may have to send out workers to assess the damage. Once they dig, they can find out who has to pay for the repairs and they may even provide you with a formal letter notifying you that you must fix the sewer main.

No Matter Who Is Responsible, an Experience Contractor Is a Necessity

Regardless of who has to repair the damaged sewer line, hiring the right contractor is tantamount to success and preventing backups or other damage from happening in the future. A company that has the right equipment, expertise, and staff is integral to the success of the project.

Moreover, completing the repairs with minimal interruption to traffic or the ground above is essential. If you can find a reputable company that uses trenchless technology, both municipalities and homeowners can mitigate the amount of money and time needed to repair roads, lawns, or landscape above ground. So rather than pay a high deductible or let the insurance company sort out your contractor, do your due diligence and give us a call.  Your home and your wallet will thank you with our team of San Mateo sewer experts.


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All About City Potable Water and Proper Maintenance

All About City Potable Water and Proper Maintenance

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

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

What Is Potable Water?

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

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

What Type of Water Is City Water?

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

Maintenance of Potable Water Tanks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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What is hot tapping in plumbing and when is it needed

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

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

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

What is Hot Tapping?

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

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

Can A Live Water Main be Hot Tapped?

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

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

Hot Tapping Vs Cold Tapping

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

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

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

Hiring The Right Hot Tapping Contractor

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

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

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


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Planning and Civil Engineering Projects In the Covid Era

Planning and Civil Engineering Projects In the Covid Era

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

How Civil Engineering Firms Are Handling the COVID Pandemic

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

Why You Should Still Move Ahead With Civil Engineering Projects

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

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Power
  • CCTV lines

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

Civil Engineering Projects Integral to Weathering the COVID-Era Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Risk Assessment, Performance and Failure of Elements in Underground Infrastructure

Risk Assessment, Performance and Failure of Elements in Underground Infrastructure

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Failures can happen in any construction or underground infrastructure project. Whether the catastrophe is the product of oversight, negligence, or poor planning, the result is a setback that can ruin budgets and blur time constraints.

Fortunately, risk assessment is a vital component of planning that any reputable company doesn’t take lightly. Here’s a look at how these we avoid failure through risk assessment, and why any underground infrastructure project requires timely planning and communication.

Why Do Some Underground Infrastructure Projects Fail?

Most underground infrastructure projects center around the flow of water, whether it’s sewer, water lines, or other piping. However, project planners must consider a number of potential issues in the planning phase of the project. Without this organization and forethought, the result can be disastrous. So why do some projects fail?

  • Cracks in the piping system
  • Corrosion
  • Obstacles to water flow such as tree roots or man-made objects
  • Positional deviation due to incorrect planning, natural disasters, or soil settling
  • Mechanical breakdown
  • Leaks

With so many variables, project managers must research and assess every potential failure as a way to avoid them.

When it comes to underground infrastructure engineering, experience matters!  EPS Inc dba Express Plumbing has been providing civil engineering and underground construction services in the Bay Area for over two decades.  We strive for perfection by having all the equipment and most experienced staff on each project we perform.  Our work is evident throughout the Bay Area above and below ground.

How Risk Assessment Prevents Failure in Underground Infrastructure Projects

Risk can never be wholly eliminated. But risk assessment can drastically mitigate any potential hazards. Therefore, every underground infrastructure project must undergo a period of risk assessment.

In particular, the advent of trenchless digging has posed a threat to many infrastructure projects, simply because what lies beneath the surface is relatively unknown. However, pairing a knowledgeable underground contractor with realistic project parameters and subjective judgment can lower the overall risk, while also creating contingency plans in unforeseen circumstances.  Ask our residential, commercial and municipal customers about the hundreds of successful projects EPS has performed throughout the Bay Area.

Following Up on Underground Infrastructure Projects

Building upon risk assessment, following up on the performance of underground infrastructure is tantamount to success and necessary maintenance. The methods of such performance testing vary depending on the type of project. But we conduct routine inspections to ensure everything works correctly.

In addition, governments and contractors work closely together and develop a plan to alert the public about projects and digging hazards. Most states now have phone numbers or websites that allow homeowners to inquire about utilities and pipes before they dig, effectively mitigating the chance for damage to existing infrastructure.

Why You Should Choose a Reputable Underground Contractor in the Bay Area

Although underground infrastructure projects can fail for a variety of reasons, the contractor plays a crucial role in success. Not only should municipalities choose a reputable contractor, but it should also search for companies that have dozens—if not hundreds—of projects to its credit. Furthermore, these contractors should also have the equipment to get the job done and an experienced staff. By combining all of these facets, the chance for underground infrastructure failure is far less, especially in combination with due diligence and risk assessment.

Through risk assessment and regular performance checks, underground infrastructure projects are a durable and dependable part of overall infrastructure. But only when you select the right contractor. With a reliable contractor, the risk of failure becomes an afterthought. The only aspect left is a product that improves the quality of life for citizens and government.

EPS Inc dba Express Plumbing is the go-to underground contractor in the Bay Area because no project is too small, too large, or too complicated for us to handle.  We rely on our fleet of advanced equipment and experienced staff to provide a successful completed project every time.

Have an upcoming project that requires expertise and precision?  Contact us to schedule a meeting with Nick Bechwati to discuss and answer all your questions.


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