Ice dams in Minnesota

Ice dams in Minnesota

Ice dams can be a major issue for residences and commercial property’s of MN.

Ice dams are typically found on pitched roofs where heat from the building causes snow to melt and refreeze. They can also occur on flat roof buildings where roof overflow drains discharge water off the side of the building. Once ice dams form, water pools behind the dam. The pooled water may leak into the roof. This leakage can potentially cause damage to anything within the building.

Ice Dams

Ice Dam Removal On Commercial Property

Removing ice dams

can be a delicate process. it’s not as easy as just chipping the ice away from the roof or wall as damage to the roof can occur. Drain King’s method for removing dams is utilizing hot water at low pressure. This method melts the ice away preventing any damage the roof.

Utilizing heat tape on the lower sections of roof or overflow drains is a great way to prevent dams from forming. This heat tape operates at low temperatures and prevents snow accumulation from building up on the lower section of roof or overflow drains.

Drain king services the following cities;

Minneapolis, St. Paul, Fridley, Columbia Heights, Bloomington, Blaine, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Woodbury, White Bear lake, Golden Valley, Etc.

Water jet roots from your Main Drain?

Water jet roots from your Main Drain?

water-jet-truckNo; is the answer for the vast majority of home owners.  There are several reasons not to water jet, but first I’d like to warn you about a trend in Drain Cleaning of Main Drains that is happening in the Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as surrounding communities like Fridley, Coon Rapids, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Anoka, Mounds View, Shoreview, Little Canada, Roseville, Robinsdale, Crystal, New Hope, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Inver Grove Heights, South Saint Paul, West St. Paul, North St. Paul, Woodbury, etc.

There are currently several Drain Cleaning Companies preying on unsuspecting homeowners.  They sell water jetting as a means to make all your plumbing work better and make all your drains drain faster.  Statements like this simply are not true.  While a main drain line cleaned at the normal cost of approximately $300, the drain cleaning companies selling water jetting will charge more than $1,200, one thousand two hundred dollars for the service.  The vast majority of home owners do not need this service.  The cheaper service is just as good.  Root regrown will occur at the same rate with mechanical snake cleaning as with water jetting.  There is no difference.

What is Water jet used for?  A water jet uses high pressure water (4,000psi) at a flow rate of around 18 gallons per minute.  The Water jet impact of the water is actually what cuts the roots.  The problem is that Water jets are designed to operate upstream.  In nearly all residential plumbing water jet is a down stream proposition.  Minneapolis plumbing around the turn of the century allowed for the installation of 6 six inch clay pipe running almost to the foundation of the house.  A 6 inch pipe will hold many times more volume of roots compared to a 4 inch pipe.  This means it will often take longer for roots to cause a backup.

Keep Your Water Lines From Freezing

Keep Your Water Lines From Freezing


Ice in the Winter

Due to good old Minnesota winters,  many residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul experience frozen water lines.  The Cities of Minneapolis,  St. Paul, Appleton, Afton, Hopkins, and many others communities in the area have been alerting residents in an effort on how to keep water pipes from freezing.

Thawing frozen water lines and can be expensive and you will want to use a professional to get the water flowing again.  The trained staff at can get the job done quickly and inexpensively.

Large numbers of water lines have frozen in the past few weeks and with temperatures unusually cold there will be many more homes with frozen pipes.

If your home tends to use water less frequently you will have a much higher chance of frozen pipes this winter.   To avoid having ice in your pipes, you should consider letting cold water run from one faucet 24 hours a day.  You only need to have a trickle. (about the thickness of a pen). Your water bill may go up a little bit, but this will be far less expensive than having to get your water lines repaired or thawed.

If you have water that is discolored, this is a warning sign that you may be about to have frozen pipes. Turn a facet on immediately and leave it running until warmer weather arrives.

If you find yourself with frozen water lines you can contact the professionals at or call 763-786-3000.