A common enemy amongst homeowners is tree roots. They get inside your sewer pipe, and they cause nasty clogs you can't clear on your own. Even if your yard is free of trees, you are not in the clear. Roots will travel from any tree nearby searching for water and can make their way into your sewer line. These clogs cannot be removed using a plunger, as you will need a professional sewer cleaning service to cut them out.
How Does Rooting Work
A drain cleaning service uses a sewer snake, which has a sharp blade on the tip of a flexible hose. It slowly makes its way through a sewer line, cutting through all tree roots in its path to clear away the clog. Unfortunately, the clog is not gone forever. Roots will still find their way back into a sewer pipe, which is why if you experience tree roots once, you will likely experience them again.
How Pipes Become Damaged
The tree roots clog your pipes and cause damage over time. It starts with the root finding a small crack in your sewer line and forcing itself in. Ceramic drain tiles are more susceptible to damage, as the material can deteriorate over time.
If a crack becomes very big, the pipe will eventually collapse. Dirt will fill the pipe, water will be unable to make it out to the sewer, and you may even have water backup in your home. This requires emergency repair, excavating, and replacement of the pipe.
How Roots Can Be Kept Away
The only way to stop tree roots from growing is to get rid of the tree causing the problem. This may not always be practical, especially if the tree causing the problem belongs to a neighbor. There are chemicals designed for dissolving tree roots that you can flush down your sewer clean line, as it should kill the tree's roots that are in the pipe, but not the tree itself. The chemical process does not happen instantly, so it is not the quick fix that many people need when they finally realize there is a problem.
Replacing the ceramic drain tile with a material like PVC is your best bet for stopping tree roots in their tracks. The material is much more solid than ceramic and has a lower chance of becoming damaged while in the ground.
If you are serious about solving your tree root problem, speak to a local plumber like A Absolute Plumbing & Heating that can investigate your sewer line and present different options to you about what you can do.
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