Kansas City Assists Homeowner’s with Sewer Repair Costs

Feb 28

Kansas City Assists Homeowner’s with Sewer Repair Costs

Kansas City has implemented a new, and much needed, program to improve the quality of unstable sewer systems throughout residential areas. For a limited time, residents facing street repair for sewer work are able to receive as much as $5,000 for charges associated with the repair. Ongoing improvements are taking place due to a number of households with improper plumbing connections and drainage problems. If a resident chooses to participate in the optional program, the primary focus will be on disconnecting gutter downspouts, sump pumps and other drainage mechanisms on private property; that are improperly connected to sewers.  Because of these faulty connections, heavy rains have overwhelmed the city’s sewer system and contributed to several incidences of sewer backups in homes and businesses. The reimbursement program is designated only for single-family homeowners facing repair on a paved public street, incurring a fee. Sewer and water line repair have been on the radar of many cities within past few years. Many cities have promoted insurance programs that cover broken lines for a monthly fee.  While leaks in the sewer pipelines, faulty meters, and unmetered water remain part of the problem, the city has also lost significant water by way of abandoned houses and rental properties, where water meters have been removed. The city has recently replaced approximately 100 miles of water mains. Interestingly, the oldest pipelines, valves, and meters are located south of the Missouri River. As the city expanded south of the river, it inherited older water systems.  Kansas City has nearly 2,800 miles of pipes, 35,000 valves, 23,000 fire hydrants and 18 pumping stations which are dispersed across more than 300 square miles. Interesting fact: nationwide the average water treatment facility pumps 25,000 to 30,000 gallons of nonrevenue water per connection per year. That averages approximately $30 to $40 per...

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Kansas City Offers Sewer Line Warranty Program

Apr 25

Kansas City Offers Sewer Line Warranty Program

Recently, Kansas City began offering coverage to homeowners for outside water or sewer line repairs, through a service line warranty program. In light of recent water line breaks, the city was intent on establishing an affordable protection plan for homeowners. Thereby, avoiding the expense of such repairs on their property. Many cities have followed suit, realizing the value of this type of program.  More than 270 cities in 34 states are now offering this service. Typically, homeowners insurance doesn’t cover repairs to a broken or collapsed line. While sewer clogs are the main concern for most homeowners, it can become a pricey undertaking if you reside in an established neighborhood with older homes, particularly from around 63rd Street to the Missouri River. These homes have galvanized steel water lines, which are prone to tree roots entering through their joints and clogging the lines. The lines are not nearly as long-lasting as copper lines. In such cases, water line coverage is equally or more important. Homeowners are likely to think of cost-cutting solutions. That’s one reason more than 12,000 Kansas City families have signed up for the city’s program. This coverage is provided at a reasonable cost, making repairs less expensive and troubling. You can recruit the assistance of one of Perma-Liner Industries certified, highly qualified, plumbers to unclog a line at your residence. Sewer coverage can cost approximately $73 annually. If you opt for combined coverage, the cost is approximately $47 more annually. Additionally, there is no waiting period with the city program, which is sometimes the case with similar, more expensive plans. Certified Installers take note: Perma-Liner Industries would like to invite you to our Refresher Training (Perma-Lateral™ specific) that will take place on July 12th and 13th at our Clearwater facility!! Please plan on attending. Register by calling 1-866-336-2568 or Click Here! See you...

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Kansas City’s Infrastructure Highlights and Delights

Dec 18

Kansas City’s Infrastructure Highlights and Delights

Kansas City’s green infrastructure program is currently focusing on a Middle Blue River Basin, which encompasses 744 acres and was divided into five project areas. Recently, the city completed installation of a pilot project, which is located in an older, mixed-use residential and commercial neighborhood served by combined sewers. Before installing the intended green infrastructure, the city conducted a complete rehab of the sewer system in the pilot neighborhood, cleaning and repairing for maintenance purposes. A nearby neighborhood was left untouched, with no sewer rehab or green infrastructure, to serve as a control area. Kansas City Water Services constructed more than 150 green solutions, such as the curb extension rain garden and a porous sidewalk, as part of the 100-acre pilot project in the Middle Blue River Basin. Interesting Fact: Several of Kansas City’s Parks have fountains that are available to “dye” in celebration and recognition of an event or cause. One of these Parks is the Northland Fountain. It has also been called the “Spirit of Cooperation”, because it illustrates the unified effort of the public and private sectors worked together to achieve a common goal. Its benefactors range from Farmland’s $30,000 contribution to a three-cent donation from a schoolchild. An 80′ circular base contains a center geyser which can propel water to a height of 35′. In winter it becomes an ice sculpture attracting people to view varied shapes created by the frozen water. The Northland Fountain is one of three Kansas City’s Parks fountains that remains on year-round. Kansas City is known for miles of scenic boulevards and parkways throughout the city, where 48 fountains and 117 memorials and sculptures add to the attraction of the city. Kansas City, if you’re looking for the best plumber in your area or have questions about the trenchless CIPP industry, Perma-liner Industries can help you!  For more information call us or go online to www.perma-liner.com/...

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The Home Repair Program in Kansas City

Nov 17

Many Municipalities offer a sewer line repair program to help offset the expenses a homeowner incurs during replacement of their sewer lateral.  North Kansas City offers a program which is broader and encompasses more home repairs.  The Minor Home Repair Discount Program: this program is intended to provide incentives through discounts for material and basic supplies for exterior home repairs. Encourage continued maintenance of properties.  Provide outreach to citizens, bringing awareness of minimum maintenance regulations.  Assist with resources and reduce costly code enforcement action.  Focus on minor exterior repairs and improvements such as exterior paint, windows, flashing, roof, gutters, foundations, exterior walls, porches and entryway sidewalks and create a sense of community by encouraging leaseholders to work with property owners. The program will offer Discount Vouchers for material and supplies. (Voucher discounts cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts or coupons).  Vouchers can be redeemed to purchase materials and supplies at participating North Kansas City businesses. Discounts apply to materials and supplies from approved materials list.  Vouchers will be offered to any North Kansas City homeowner or long term occupant/leaseholder.  Recipients may also be eligible to apply for future incentives. Upon approval, vouchers can be redeemed at participating North Kansas City businesses for materials and supplies from approved materials list:  Paint, Paint supplies such as: paintbrushes, rollers, paint tray, scraper, tape, sandpaper, caulking, drop cloth, plastic,  House trim materials,  Roofing material , Concrete, asphalt and mortar supplies, Siding, Guttering, Window repair,  Porch stairs, railing and guards, Fencing,.  Tools do not qualify for discount.  Approved materials may very per vendor. Kansas City, looking for plumbing assistance?  Perma-Liner Industries has partnered with the most qualified, certified professionals in your area.  For our best referral please call us or go online to www.perma-liner.com/1-866-336-2568: The Home Repair Program in Kansas...

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Kansas City’s Clean Water Initiative

Oct 15

Kansas City’s Clean Water Initiative

This week, KC Water participated in the national advocacy and educational event, Imagine a Day Without Water. Across the country, organizations, elected officials, corporations, and environmental advocates worked together to educate people about how water is essential, the challenges facing water and wastewater systems, and the need for investment. Many people take water service for granted. Clean, safe, reliable, and affordable water comes out of the tap and flows down the drain without a second thought. But, the massive infrastructure, much of it underground, which brings water to homes and businesses, takes it away, and treats it, is aging. Kansas City’s Water Treatment Plant is able to produce up to 240 million gallons of water each day. To ensure that every drop is delivered to your tap safe and healthy, an average of 60 samples per day are tested, taken from throughout Kansas City, for over 300 contaminants. There are, operated and maintained, almost 2,800 miles of mains in Kansas City. Lined up end-to-end, these pipes would stretch from New York, NY to Los Angeles.  Kansas City’s original water and sewer infrastructure was laid in 1874, and some of this pipe is still in use today.  The strategy is to continue reinvesting in Kansas City’s infrastructure by strategically replacing critical systems each year. Each time a pipe is installed it is estimated to last 100 years, or more. Kansas City residents, next month the city will begin a sewer main replacement and realignment that will likely conclude in the summer of next year. Existing water mains have experienced numerous breaks, resulting in service interruptions. The replacement will include State Line Rd to Holmes Rd & 86th Terr. to 132nd Terr.  Normal travel routes may be disrupted during this time.  Your patience is...

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State Road Water Main Replacement Projects

Sep 30

State Road Water Main Replacement Projects

In its continuing efforts to coordinate infrastructure improvement projects, KC Water is completing water main replacement projects in the Waldo Tower Homes Association area. The projects focus on the water supply and distribution system to decrease the number of water main breaks, improve the reliability of the system, and decrease service disruptions. Residents of Waldo Tower Homes, here’s a summary of work being done for you: the construction on the water main replacement project will begin soon at 15 locations between Stateline Road to Holmes Road; 75th Street and 85th Street. Approximately 15,500 feet of water mains will be replaced.  Construction is expected to begin in October and be completed in July 2016, weather permitting.  Another project that will be underway shortly, is a water main replacement project to make repairs at 17 locations between Stateline Road to Harrison Street; 44th Street and 75th Street. More than 13,000 feet of water mains will be replaced. Construction is expected to begin in November 2015 and be completed in June 2016.  Rehabilitation of Sanitary Sewers will also be taking place as part of the improvement strategy and includes the Waldo Tower Homes, as well.   During construction, customers may experience minor wastewater service disruptions and temporary street closures.   Kansas City, Perma-liner Industries has some good news!!  We are introducing a zero down, no payments for 90 days on our state of the art 22 foot Perma-Main Turn Key Trailer.  We also include training for this trailer system.  This is our Top Gun system that can rehabilitate 6”-10” diameter pipelines.  There are many other points to consider when using this this powerhouse for installation purposes.  A project that is consists of three installations each approximately 500 ft.  can be completed in 3 days versus the 9 day time frame for a conventional dig.  To find out more about this package deal, call us or go online to...

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