What You Should Know About Tree Roots And Your Plumbing

If your home's sewer lines are running slow, it's important that you not ignore it. Over time, slow lines can lead to complete clogs and backups in your house. If you're struggling with a problem that you've isolated to the lines outside the house, it may be due to tree roots in the pipes. Sometimes, even a tree that's some distance from the pipes could be the culprit. Here's a look at what you can expect when you call the rooting service to fix the problem.

Inspecting and Cleaning Lines

The first thing that the rooting service will do is clean the lines. This is important, because the lines need to be clean to send the inspection cameras through to find the source of the problem. Once the lines are clear, the technician will send a small camera system into the pipes to find the blockage. As the camera flows through the pipes, it will relay the visual data back to the rooting service's display monitors, showing the technician what he or she couldn't see otherwise. Once the camera finds the root system, the technician can examine them to see how deep they've grown.

Understanding the Root Intrusion Stages

There are three core stages to tree root intrusion in sewer systems. Understanding what stage the roots are in is essential to determining how to deal with them.

  1. Early intrusion: The early intrusion stage occurs when the roots have pushed through the line. In most cases, tree roots breach the sewer lines because they're seeking moisture and nutrients – both of which are found in abundance in these pipes. At this stage, it can be hard for you to know there's a problem because the roots aren't far enough in to cause any issues yet.
  2. Advanced intrusion: As soon as the roots reach the water flowing through the pipes, they will begin to grow rapidly. The organic matter in the water provides all of the nutrients the roots need to thrive. Eventually, the roots will start to bind up with solid material from the pipes, causing blockages. When the root ball has grown large enough to obstruct the pipe, you may need to have a rooting service use a hydrojet to clear the blockage.
  3. Collapsed pipe: The final stage of root intrusion is collapsed pipes. If the root ball is left unaddressed, the weight of the tree and the roots will threaten the integrity of the pipe itself. It will ultimately cause the pipe to collapse, which will leave you having to replace that section of the plumbing system.

To get professional plumbing help, contact a company such as Royal-T-Rooter Service.