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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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Why Hire a Trenchless Plumbing Company?

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

A Trenchless Plumbing Company Doesn’t Dig!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

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

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

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

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

 

Water Conservation at Home

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

Conserve Water at School

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Conservation Tips for Mom and Dad

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

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

Water your lawn early morning or late evening

Remember to turn off the sprinklers on rainy day

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

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

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

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

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

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


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EPS Inc., a Bay Area Heavy Construction Company Saved My Home from a Sinkhole in San Mateo

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Douglas Irvin, a 74-year-old retired Bay Area resident and no stranger to engineering, he retired after 32 years in engineering with the department of defense.

He said in an interview earlier this week.  “Nick Bechwati saved my home and I am grateful.  Nick did everything he could to save money and discussed what he planned to do each step of the way.  He treated me like the professional engineer I am”.

Douglas Irvin has owned a rental property in the San Mateo area for over a decade, all was great until he received a call from his tenant one morning in February 2017 letting him know that a huge sinkhole ripped apart the yard, drained the koi pond and has threatened the home.  Irvin was left with a big problem and a project ahead he wasn’t expecting.

“I had to act fast, I was worried about another rain storm coming and the house collapsing” he said as he recalled the story to me earlier this week.

As the San Mateo Daily Journal reported in February and Irvin recalled during our conversation, he was left with a lot of unanswered questions.

Where is the water coming from? Was there a pipe that failed? Who is responsible for the uphill storm water?  With all these questions, he knew he had to act fast and possibly get the answers later.  He didn’t want to lose his home, and wanted the right heavy construction company for the job.

“There’s a 48” storm drain pipe that ran right through my property, never saw it on the map, I always thought it ran around the property”. Said Irvin

His home was in danger of collapsing, and the entire seen was a complete disaster, marked off by bright yellow caution tape by local authorities.

What lead you to Nick Bechwati, owner of EPS Inc. in the Bay Area?

“I’m not a stranger to engineering, after 32 years I still had a lot of contacts and started asking around for the best Bay Area heavy construction company.  Everyone kept pointing the finger to Nick Bechwati as the most experienced, and best equipped to handle this project, so I gave him a call”

How did your first meeting go with Nick?

“When nick walked up to meet with me, he was holding and leaning on a cane, I also have trouble getting around at my age, so we immediately had something in common.” He said as he chuckled.

Nick Bechwati was still recovering from leg surgery due to an accident that happened earlier this year, he never missed a day of work after his surgery, he is a dedicated hands-on owner that has been serving the Bay Area since 1989 providing advanced drilling, heavy construction, and plumbing services for residential, commercial and municipal clients throughout Northern California.

“They say I’m a workaholic but I don’t see it that way.  If you love and enjoy what you do, is it considered work?” Said Nick Bechwati, owner of EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing.

His dedication must’ve been apparent to Mr. Irvin during their first encounter.  Irvin continued, “After 32 years of experience in engineering, and dealing with so many people in the industry, I’d like to think I’m a pretty good judge of character.  I didn’t hesitate, after a small conversation with Nick, I agreed with everything he said, I liked his ideas, and action plan, I could tell he was the one I’m trusting my home to, and signed a contract to start right away.”

Were you around your San Mateo rental home during the heavy construction project?

“I’m retired, so I had all the time in the world to hang around the project, I knew what I was looking at and I saw Nick on the job, I documented, took photographs and observed him making some tough decisions, it wasn’t easy, but he had a solution I agreed with every time”.

“This wasn’t your everyday situation, they had to go 25 feet below the pipe and clear all the debris, it needed the right person for the job, someone that can act fast, with no room for error, being an engineer myself, I would’ve done exactly what Nick did in many situations”.

The project was quite involved, it required someone with experience to deal with the permits, and City licensing requirements, etc… “Nick has been around for a while, his relationship and contacts with the local City helped ease the process”. Irvin said with satisfaction.

Did you know EPS Inc. has an Express Plumbing division that handles every day plumbing issues?

“Well, this project didn’t need a plumber that’s for sure, but yes I am familiar with all the services his company provides.  I’ll tell you, if I do need a plumber anywhere in the Bay Area they’ll be the ones I call.

During our conversation, Douglas Irvin was a joy to speak with, he was very forthcoming and shared all he could about the project with a passion.  Very mild tempered when discussing a disaster that threatened his home, this can only come from his many years of experience in engineering.

EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing is a full-service company specializing in engineering, heavy construction, drilling and plumbing.  Nick Bechwati has been serving the Bay Area since 1989 by providing the highest quality, guaranteed services to not only meet but exceed the clients’ expectations.

The company provides its services to residents, business owners, Bay Area cities, along with 24-hour disaster response.

Anything else you’d like to add Mr. Irvin?

Nick Bechwati did save my home, I made the right choice when I picked EPS Inc. to handle this heavy construction project.  I still have many issues to deal with at the City, but for now, my home is saved and I couldn’t be happier.


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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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2015 Contractor of the Year Insuring Excellence

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It’s common knowledge in the Bay Area that when a municipal contractor is needed, EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing is the #1 referred engineering and general contractor.

Since 1989, Express Plumbing has partnered with municipalities and public works departments around the Bay Area to insure that projects are completed within budget, meeting stringent requirements, and time constraints.

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In 2015, the American Public Works Association (APWA) Silicon Valley Division named EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing contractor of the year.

“We love the Bay Area, we’re blessed to work in a place we call home and do what we love most” says Nick Bechwati, the owner of Express Plumbing.

The company was established in 1989, but Nick Bechwati got into the plumbing business at a very young age following the footsteps of his father before him.

As a trusted plumber in San Mateo, they serve the entire Bay Area by offering advanced plumbing, drilling, and engineering techniques that save clients time and money.

This Bay Area Plumbing company has a wide range of residential, commercial, and municipal plumbing services combined with over 30 years of experience and the most advanced equipment available in the industry.

bbbBechwati stated that their continuous efforts include customer service improvements, training, and only hiring technicians that have 5 years of experience in the industry.

“We want all our clients to be happy, the biggest reason for our success is our clients and word-of-mouth referrals”

Like any business, companies strive to achieve excellence in customer service, failures do occur but as long as the company is willing to address and remedy the situation by properly training its employees, that makes a company one you can trust.

24 HOUR PLUMBING SERVICESWith many commercial and residential projects already scheduled, we would not be surprised to see EPS Inc. dba Express Plumbing achieve contractor of the year multiple years in a row.

If you need any plumbing service in the Bay Area, call us for a complimentary evaluation, free quote, and immediate service.  Our emergency plumbing services are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a live operator to help you.


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Why is Video Inspection of Sewer Lines So Important?

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

What is a sewer video camera?

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

Why have a sewer line video done?

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

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

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

Sewer line video inspection cost?

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

Benefits of a Real-Time Sewer Line Video Inspection

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

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

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

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


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Trenchless Solutions vs. Traditional

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

Traditional Plumbing Repairs

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

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

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Trenchless Vs. Traditional Plumbing Repairs

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

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

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

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

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

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


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