Tree Roots

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Adding Addressing the Problem of Tree Roots In Your Pipes

Tree roots in sewer lines are not an uncommon occurrence.

This is all the more possible if you have an older home, which has old clay pipes as building drains that lead from your house to the main city drains. However, no matter what the material of the sewer pipe, if there is a crack in the pipe or the joint; chances are that tree roots will penetrate it.

The older clay pipelines have fewer issues due to the technique that was used to seal their joints. The joints were fitted into each other, filled with oakum (a rope material) and then finished off with thick mortar. Over a period of time cracks may appear in the mortar thus opening up the joints.

Unchecked root growth If there are trees or plants around your home, the roots very naturally get attracted to the sewer line which in effect is a source of water and nutrients for them. The tree roots tend to grow the most during spring and fall. If left unchecked, these roots can grow at an alarming pace and can actually end up blocking the entire sewer pipe. In some cases, the mesh of roots fill up the line to such an extent that the only way to clear them out is to dislodge the entire pipeline and pull out the roots from the open end. In worst-case scenarios, if the damage to the pipe is severe, the entire line might have to be replaced as well.

Regular Checks Are Necessary Over a period of time the entire inner diameter of the sewer pipe gets blocked and even the liquid does not pass through. This stoppage obviously leads to a Back-up inside the house. In most cases, it is only when this happens that people realize there is a problem. Many people experience root problems such as these very frequently and feel that an occasional backup is a normal occurrence. It is also true that snaking the line can clear out the roots for a short while, however, this is just a temporary solution. It is important to have these root intrusions attended to. If left unchecked they can prove to be a damaging and costly affair.

Fixing The Damage If roots have blocked and damaged your private sewer pipes you will need to get a licensed plumber like Reliable Contractor Services to clear them. As well as removing the roots you should consider fixing the damage in a way that will minimize future problems.


Killing Tree Roots With A Hydro Jetting An effective way of clearing sewer lines is with a Hydro Excavation. Hydro Excavation, or Daylighting, is a powerful different to old excavating techniques. Powerful excavating machinery is not always practical and can be uncertain in certain situations. At times backhoes and bulldozers can hurt underground utilities, which may add delays to construction or industrial projects with the potential for fines or even cause an injury to workers. Reliable Contractor Services provides a reliable, safe excavation method and it may save you money and time. High pressure water breaks up the soil, then a high-powered vacuum source is lifts out the soil without harming or creeping buried fiber-optic lines, cables, or utility pipes.


Digging Up Invasive Tree Roots Sometimes, a sewer line can’t be cleaned or cleared if it has been damaged too badly and must be replaced. To assess the extent of the damage, you may want to consider hiring a plumbing firm with video camera capabilities that can videotape inside the line.

Ken Weaver, President of Reliable Contractor Services, states, “A video camera quickly pays for itself. “One of the things we discovered immediately was that anything we expected was usually 10 times worse. “You can show it to a homeowner and say, “We suspect you have this problem, and here it is.’”

If you stop roots re-entering your pipes you will save yourself the expense of having to keep clearing and maintaining them. You will also be going a long way in protecting the environment by keeping storm water out of the sewer.

If you want to rectify the problem ask Reliable Contractor Services, Cleveland, OH plumber to estimate where the blockage is located. Your plumber can then dig to remove the roots and repair the pipe to stop the tree or plant roots from entering the pipe work again. In extreme cases it may be necessary to replace or relocate the pipe. Your plumber can recommend the best solution for your particular problem.

It is impossible to tell if tree roots have managed to get into the sewer pipes till it is too late. The best time to deal with septic problems is before they happen.

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