Tree Roots and Your Plumbing
Tree roots! If your pipes could run for their lives, they would. As attractive as trees are, their roots create a significant danger to sewer pipes. And since they are buried several feet underground, you might not know youâ€™ve got a problem until itâ€™s too late. Johns Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning has the tools you need to clear your pipes and keep them clear.
What Causes Roots in Sewer Pipes?
Many residential neighborhoods are filled with beautiful, mature trees that add charm and shade to area homes. However, the roots of these mature trees enjoy another aspect of residential neighborhoods: their sewer pipes! Sewer pipes have everything trees want: water, oxygen, and nutrients. So roots naturally gravitate toward sewer lines, where they burrow into cracks or loose joints. The problem is especially severe in older homes with clay pipes, as opposed to the newer PVC.
Once roots find their way into pipes, they can cause extensive damage. They will continue to grow, creating a â€œnetâ€ that traps fats, oils, grease, and grit (FOGG) from your household waste. Eventually, they can create larger cracks in your sewer pipes, causing a total rupture or collapse. Replacing a sewer line is much costlier than removing roots, so itâ€™s crucial to deal with this problem before it becomes much worse!
What Are the Signs of Roots in Sewer Pipes?
The first sign you might have roots in your sewer line is slow drains and toilets, or a gurgling sound when your flush the toilet. Once the roots have built their net in the pipes, you may experience a FOGG backup.
What Can You Do about Roots in Sewer Pipes?
For preventative maintenance, you may consider introducing a chemical root killer into the pipes, usually through the lowest toilet in the house. These corrosive chemicals dissolve tree roots, but they require great careâ€”as they can be harmful to skin and eyes as well as family pets. Also, if thereâ€™s any chance that your sewer pipe might be cracked or collapsed, youâ€™ll want to get a professional opinion.
Thatâ€™s where Johns Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning comes in. Our expert plumbers have been helping Triad homeowners with their plumbing problems since 1974. With a borescopeâ€”a drain snake equipped with a cameraâ€”we can assess the extent of the damage while we remove any existing tree roots. Donâ€™t wait until itâ€™s too late: Call Johns today!