Roots in the Sewer Line? Proven Ways to Protect Your Sewer Lines from Roots
Toilet, sinks, faucets, sprinklers, and garden hoses are the few things that come in your mind if you think of your home’s plumbing system. But, the sewer line is one of the important elements of your plumbing system that often gets overlooked. Sewer line collects all of the waste from your home and carries it into the municipal sewer system.
Sewer Lines and Tree Roots
We all know that tree roots are drawn towards moisture. When there is even a single crack in the sewer line, the tree roots will quickly start to infiltrate the line, drawing water from it to nourish the tree. Over time, the tree roots grow denser and denser until they either clog the sewer line completely or cause it to collapse in on itself.
Signs of Tree Roots Growing into Your Sewer Lines
The following are the immediate signs of tree roots growing in your sewer lines:
- Sewage backups
- Slow drains
- Sudden surges in tree growth
- Moisture in the basement
How Can a Plumber Help You?
A plumber will insert a camera down into the sewer line to find out if there any roots in your pipe. Based on the analysis, they will recommend a treatment that will stop the growth of roots in the sewer line. Some of the common solutions that are suggested by the plumbers include,
Chopping the Tree Roots
Plumbers use a special cutting tool with a rotating tool to temporarily cut away the roots so that sewage can flow through freely. This process needs to be repeated often as the roots will grow back again.
The plumber may send a chemical agent down into the sewer pipe if the root growth is in the beginning stage. The chemical agent used will kill the tree roots and prevent them from growing back for a few years.
Sewer Line Replacement
Replacing the damaged section of the sewer line is recommended if the tree roots have caused the pipe to collapse or have clogged it completely. Compared to cutting the tree roots or chemical eradication, replacing the sewer line is a permanent solution.
Using hydro jetter is one of the most effective ways to clear sewer lines. The machine uses a pump and pressurized water to remove the roots and clear the sewer line. The sewer line can be flushed with a chemical to kill any roots still present.
If you like trees, plant sewer safe trees that have shallow root structure. If the tree is large and fast-growing, plant it far from the sewer.
Schedule an appointment with us for drain cleaning in San Gabriel Valley CA to protect your drain and sewer lines from roots.