Sometimes that blocked or sluggish drain is not entirely caused by you! One of the most common causes of damage in sewer lines is the infiltration of tree roots into your home’s pipes. Naturally, you’re going to want to sort the problem out quickly, before it gets out of hand. Using a rooter to clear tree root blockages in your sewer lines is an effective method of making sure you do.
Tree roots are known as a common cause of blockages in drains and sewer lines. They are able to push through any small holes or cracks in the pipeline. Roots are naturally attracted to the moisture found in your drains, so will try to break through any way they can, in an attempt to absorb water. Most of the time, the roots will be small and easy to clear, since the cracks they enter through are small.
It can be tricky determining what exactly is causing damage in your sewer lines. But there are some key things to look for that may indicate tree roots are the cause:
If you see one or more of these, you could have tree roots in your sewer lines. It’s now time to call the professionals. By using a special camera probe, plumbers are able to inspect your pipes from the inside, without having to remove the pipe itself. They will be able to confirm if there is a presence of tree roots in your home’s sewer lines.
A drain rooter is a machine that is designed to cut through any obstruction that’s in your drain, possibly preventing larger problems from happening.
A rooter has a long cable with sharp, effective blades attached to the end, which are powered by the electrical motor within the rooter. This allows the cable to be easily inserted into the affected pipeline. Like the blender in your kitchen, the blades are rotated quickly and are able to cut through any tree roots that have made their way into the pipes. As a finishing touch, high-pressure water is then pumped through the pipes to clear the remaining debris. For stronger, older roots that are not able to be severed, a hydro-jetting service may be required.
If the root invasion is nipped in the bud, it is most likely there won’t be any permanent damage to the sewer lines. The beauty of using a rooter is that you leave the tree unharmed, and the root system will be able to continue to grow around the pipes.
It’s important to be on the ball when it comes to monitoring and maintaining your drain and sewer lines. Not addressing the issue can lead to serious problems. Play it safe, call a professional. Rooter service professionals are able to identify damage in sewer lines through an investigation of the pipelines.
At Art Rooter, Sewer & Drain Cleaning, we always strive to repair the problem in the most efficient way possible. However, if the problem is beyond repair, it might be time to look at pipe relining or replacement. Give us a call today at 1-833-773-1524 to schedule an appointment and we’ll be able to guide you through the situation.