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Intruder Alert! Sewer Pipes and Tree Root Intrusion
Tree root intrusion causes millions of dollars' worth of damage every year. Roots can break concrete, crack foundations and infiltrate water and sewer lines. And while Mother Nature may be a powerful force, she does not have a checkbook. All the costs of repairs is going right to the homeowner, business owner or whoever else is responsible for the land.
But when a sewer line becomes completely blocked with roots, that is a unique horror for homeowners. But what is the next step? How can root intrusion be prevented, eliminated or repaired?
Why do roots get into pipes?
Trees require nutrients and water, just like humans and animals. And while most soil in residential areas is perfectly fine for the tree’s needs, there is no denying that the contents of a sewer line are far more enriching for the plant. Sewer lines contains tons of moisture year-round, providing the tree with a constant source. They also contain plenty of broken-down nutrients — essentially, fertilizer — to keep the plant going.
How do roots get into pipes?
Roots can be extremely thin and tend to grow toward what they need. Even a tiny fracture in a clay pipe can be infiltrated by a root. A loose or degrading joint can also serve as an entrance point for a probing root. And once the root is inside, it spreads like cancer, filling the pipe with a thick thatch of thin roots.
Signs of tree root intrusion
Notice strange smells coming from the sink or shower drains? Are they also suffering from seemingly random backups that appear to move around the house? These are two very common signs of root intrusion in a sewer line.
Another is to take a look at your landscaping: Does one particular tree, bush or clump of plants seem much healthier than the others? Does this condition occur no matter the season? This could be a sign that those plants or trees are drawing from the sewer line and clogging the entire works.
If you suspect tree root intrusion, get it verified with a sewer camera inspection.
It starts during the planting phase
The best way to prevent tree root intrusion is to be strategic about landscaping when it first gets planted. Have a clear map of where all the underground lines are buried, including sewer, water and gas, and then avoid planting trees and plants in those areas if you can. Stick to shallow-rooted plants like grass and flowers in those areas, and keep the more robust plants far away.
Fixing the problem with hydro-jetting
Luckily, having tree roots cut out of pipes has never been easier. Hydro-jetting is a process where high-pressure water (at 5,000 PSI or higher) is blasted into the offending pipes. This high-pressure water cuts through roots, clogs, grease and grime, flushing all the debris down the drain. Once hydro-jetting is done, you will notice an immediate affect on your drainage as the roots disappear and the general inside diameter of the pipe is vastly increased.
Keep those roots out of your pipes and off your to-do list.
Have you got yourself an intruder alert? Are roots infiltrating your pipes and growing out of control? Read to learn about the warning signs, preventative measures and how to remove them once they are in.
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