The Root of the Problem: Preventing Tree Roots in Your Sewer Lines

Tree roots are one of the most common causes of clogged sewers. The oak tree in your backyard may be beautiful, but left unchecked, its extensive root system can lead to blockages and costly repairs to your sewer system.

In this article, we’ll discuss how to identify the symptoms of tree roots in your sewer lines, prevent future issues, and fix any current problems.

Spotting the Symptoms: Signs of Tree Roots in Your Sewer Lines

Before you can address the issue of tree roots in your sewer lines, you need to know what signs to look for. Here are a few indications that tree roots may be causing problems:

  • Slow drains: Are your sinks, showers, or toilets draining more slowly than usual? Tree roots could be to blame for this clog.
  • Gurgling sounds: Do you hear gurgling noises coming from your pipes when you run water or flush the toilet? This may be a sign that tree roots are blocking the flow of water.
  • Bad smells: If you notice an unpleasant odor emanating from your drains, this could be a sign that your beloved oak tree is damaging your sewer lines.

Preventative Maintenance: Strategies to Keep the Roots Out of Sewer Lines

If you discover roots growing into your sewer system, there is no need to panic. You can still have a beautiful garden and functioning pipes if you follow a few simple steps. 

While you can’t entirely prevent tree roots from growing near your sewer lines, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of infiltration. Here are a few prevention strategies to consider:

  • Be mindful of landscaping. When planting trees or shrubs, opt for species with smaller root systems that are less likely to invade your sewer lines. Research the mature size of the plant before planting, and plant it a safe distance from your sewer lines.
  • Schedule regular maintenance: Regular plumbing maintenance can help catch potential issues before they escalate. Snaking the lines periodically can also prevent any roots that may have made their way in from growing larger and causing more significant issues.
  • Use root-killing chemicals: Certain chemicals can be poured down the drain to kill off roots on contact and prevent them from infiltrating your sewer lines.

Digging Deeper: Methods for Removing Tree Roots from Sewer Lines

If you use the methods described above but are still finding tree roots in your sewer lines, there are three different ways a qualified plumber can remove them.

  1. Hydro-jetting: This technique involves using high-pressure water to dislodge tree roots and other debris from your sewer lines. It’s highly effective for clearing blockages and removing roots.
  2. Mechanical cutting: A plumber can use a cutting tool to physically remove tree roots from your sewer lines. This method is more invasive than hydro-jetting, but it can be highly effective.
  3. Chemical treatment: In severe cases, our plumbers may recommend using a chemical treatment to kill off roots in your sewer lines. This is typically a last resort when other methods have failed.

Call Yoder Plumbing to protect your sewer lines!

Tree roots in your sewer lines can be frustrating, but they don’t have to be tolerated. There are effective ways to deal with the issue. By letting Yoder Plumbing identify signs early, take steps to prevent future issues, and use effective methods for removing existing roots, you can keep your sewer lines flowing smoothly.

Contact us today to learn more about our sewer repair services!

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