Dick Ray's plumbers are ready to respond at 9 in the morning or 11 at night, our plumbing specialists can diagnose your drainage problems using the latest technology and products. We specialize in fast, friendly drain repair and service, and we get the job done right the first time.
A clogged sewer line creates big problems with your plumbing, requiring sewer line repair. If you’ve noticed that your drainage system has started to slow down and perhaps heard a gurgling sound coming from your toilet bowl, now may be the time to act.
Tree roots are usually the prime suspect when it comes to sewer-line damage, with thousands of feet of roots constantly seeking moisture and often finding it in your sewer line. Older, clay tile pipes are most susceptible to invasion, but these roots can penetrate even concrete and PVC pipes.
In addition to root damage, a broken or clogged sewer line can happen in a number of ways. Objects can find their way into the line and become lodged. Extreme temperature changes and general deterioration can cause sewer problems, such as lines buckling or breaking. Ground shifting or improper installation can also lead to misalignment.
Trenchless Pipe Repair
In the past, sewer problems usually meant excavation on a large scale, with serious yard repairs needed once a sewer line repair was completed. Trenchless pipe repair is a faster and more landscape-friendly option that only requires a few access points. Our trenchless sewer pipe replacement technology has saved our customers thousands of dollars and valuable time by avoiding a massive excavation of their property.
There are two approaches to trenchless sewer repair. With pipe bursting, the existing line is blown apart as a new, stronger high-density pipe is pulled through it. With pipe relining, a fiberglass line is placed inside the faulty pipe to seal any damage, creating a long-lasting repair.
Your Dick Ray Master Plumber sewer line professional can recommend the repair method that is best for you.
When you turn on your faucet, you get fresh, clean water at your fingertips. It’s delivered directly to you via a single supply water line from the street, under your property, and into your home.
A water-supply line normally works perfectly for years. But if you notice a sudden drop in water pressure, a discoloration of the water or a recurring wet area in your yard you may have trouble with your water line. In these cases, contact your local Dick Ray Master Plumber home plumbing expert as soon as possible to conduct an inspection and resolve the problem quickly before it gets worse.
How to Find a Leak in Your Water Line
An electronic device is often used to determine the exact location of the water line. If necessary, for exact water-line leak detection, the line is charged with nitrogen which helps locate the leak.
There are a variety of reasons why your water line may need servicing. In some instances, tree roots can get into the pipe. Other causes of water-line failure include mineral build up and residue, high water pressure, ground movement, acidic soil conditions, freezing and thawing, plus general deterioration over a long period of time.
Repairing the Leak
In many instances, only a section of the water line needs to be replaced. During water-line repair, the faulty sections of pipe are replaced with thick-walled, high-quality copper piping.
Once installed, the repaired or replaced water line is pressure-tested for leaks. A municipal inspection is usually performed for final job approval. Steps are then taken to restore your property grounds to their original condition.
Contact your local Dick Ray Master Plumber home plumbing specialist by calling (913) 888-0550 to make sure your water supply line is working properly.
Sewage Ejector Pumps: When gravity alone can't remove your home's waste water
What in the world is a sewage ejector pump? Most homeowners don’t know or have any need to know.
However, if your home has a bathroom below the level of your main sewer line, you must have a sewage ejector pump. Its purpose is to lift the sewage to the level of the sewer line so it can flow out of the house to the community sewer or a septic tank.
You may have a sewage ejector pump even if your bathroom is nearly level with the sewer line or septic tank, if the waste water cannot flow fast enough by gravity alone.
A sewage grinder pump is a variation on the sewage ejector pump. As its name implies, it uses a garbage disposal-type grinder (or macerator) to turn the effluent into a slurry before it is pumped out. While sewage grinder pumps are more expensive, they do greatly reduce the potential for clogs farther down the line.
Watch What You Flush
Whether you have a sewage ejector pump or a sewage grinder pump, it is especially critical to avoid flushing hard-to-process items like feminine hygiene products. These can create big problems in any system, but with sewage grinder pumps, the damage can be even more severe and expensive to repair.
Repair and Replacement
Unless you’re very familiar with these systems, replacing a sewage ejector pump is not a do-it-yourself project. Properly sizing the pump to meet your home’s plumbing is complex and it’s worth the expense to have a professional do the work and ensure it meets all local plumbing codes.
Contact your local Dick Ray Master Plumber plumbing professional today by calling (913) 888-0550 to learn more about sewage ejector pumps and sewage grinder pumps.