Roots In Sewer Line
Tree root intrusion into sewer lines is an amazingly common problem. Tree roots naturally seek out the best source of moisture and are attracted to the limitless supply of wastewater found in sewer lines. Roots enter through any joints or gaps in between pipes. As they draw moisture from the sewer line, these roots not only multiply but expand – which over time leads to structural decay of the pipe and eventual collapse. Contrary to popular belief however, there are ways of permanently solving the problem without cutting down the tree.
Progression Of Root Intrusion
- Stage 1: Early Intrusion Roots find their way into a joint in the sewer line, attracted by readily available moisture and start to grow into the sewer line. At this stage, it can be hard to tell that there is an issue with the line.
- Stage 2: Advanced Intrusion Nourished by the moisture, tree roots in sewer lines begin to multiply and grow thicker. Solid waste such as toilet paper is caught up in the root ball to further block the line leading to backups and clogs. If Stage 2 roots have progressed far enough, they cannot be cleared by mechanical rooters and will need advanced technology such as hydrojetting or a permanent repair solution.
- Stage 3: Collapse/Structural Failure As tree root incursion continues to develop, the integrity of the pipe is weakened and eventually gives way to the weight of the soil above the line. Once the issue has progressed to structural failure, the only option to restore the line to a serviceable condition is through a permanent repair solution.
Root Repair Procedure & Options
Step 1: Get Your Sewer Flowing & Diagnose The Cause
Rooter & Drain Cleaning
Getting your waste water flowing again is the first priority. While rooter service is only a temporary fix aimed at the symptom – not the cause – our technicians will clear the line (if necessary) in order to get waste water flowing and prepare the line for video inspection.
After the line has been cleared so that it is visible, the next critical step is to visually inspect the length of the sewer line with a video camera inspection. With a visual inspection, technicians can then accurately diagnose the situation and come up with options that fit the issue.
Step 2: Get Multiple Options To Permanently Solve The Issue
Hydrojet Drain Cleaning
Hydrojetting is a more permanent solution than rooter service. Instead of punching a hole through a blockage to get waste water flowing, hydrojet cleaning uses high pressure water jets to scour the inside of the line to remove grease buildup and even tree roots for a longer lasting effect.
Pipe lining is a process of creating a new seamless plastic pipe within the old pipe. The process can be applied to completely replace the line or for spot repairs of problem sections – all without the expense and damage of conventional trenching methods. Because the new pipe is seamless high grade epoxy, weak joints are eliminated leading to a permanent solution.
Collapsed and offset pipes can be a result of ground shifting or poor installation. However, the majority of collapsed pipes are the consequence of untreated bellies in the line or tree root incursion. As roots degrade the pipe structure or soil erosion around the joints of the pipe progress, sewer lines eventually loose structural integrity and become permanently disabled.Another cause of catastrophic failure are sewer lines made of Orangeberg pipe. Orangeberg pipe is essentially compressed tar paper which eventually looses integrity with constant exposure to moisture and collapses.