How to Recognize and Get Rid of Tree Roots in Your Sewer
Roots in your sewer pipe can create huge issues within your plumbing system. Capable of breaking up and destroying your pipes, it’s a job that may be difficult to address and repair.
How Roots Get In
There are several risks associated with roots taking hold of your plumbing system. First, you will need to spend a great deal of money to fix it. Secondly, if the damage is under the house, you may have to tear up the floors in order to get to it. Older homes are especially notorious for having root problems. Tree roots are capable of getting into any crack available and traveling hundreds of feet underground to reach nourishment. They get into your drainage system because they are constantly in search of water and nutrients, which are abundant in a sewer line. They initially get into your pipes as small roots, but as they get more nutrients in your sewer, they continue to grow. Eventually, you find these huge root systems thriving in your sewer system, with no sign of stopping. Old clay pipes in older homes are noted for breaking due to tree root systems, while metal pipes are more difficult to break. If not removed properly, roots will keep growing into a pipe, and tend to grow back thicker and stronger. When they do this, they damage the pipe further, until one day the pipe may collapse.
How We Can Fix It
There are several ways to make sure roots don’t destroy your sewer system. The trenchless repair method of pipe lining, also known as Cured-In-Place-Piping (CIPP) or lateral lining, is most effective. We begin by inspecting the damaged pipe. Once inspected, the pipe-liner material will be measured and cut exactly to the size of the original. Then, the epoxy resin is poured into the liner. Now the pipe-liner is ready to be inserted into the pipe using a process called air pressure inversion, where the pipe-liner turns inside out, causing the resin to bond with the existing pipe. After three hours of dry time, the pipe is ready for service.
Hydro Jetting may also be used to clean your pipes. This process removes all grease, tree roots, and everyday materials by using high speed and pressure water. Using a heavy-duty power nozzle and operating at 4,000 psi (pounds per square inch), this method destroys all blockages, leaving your pipes clear and working like new. Hydro Jetting is also a great preventative measure for blockages in your piping, in fact, most commercial businesses schedule routine hydro jetting maintenance.
No More Roots in your Drains
Accessing your plumbing through a small access point with state-of-the-art technology, these trenchless repair methods are most effective at cleaning your drains of tree roots. Once your pipes are cleaned or a pipe-liner is in place, the life span of your system increases, as does its efficiency. With these affordable, non-invasive, and effective solutions to your drain problems, you can be sure that your system will be as good as new.