Tree root intrusion is one of those silent issues that creeps up on unsuspecting homeowners. Slow draining sinks and bathtubs, and gurgling toilets are all sings that your sewer lines have been invaded by tree roots. Small-scale root invasions are often nothing more than an annoyance. But, if left untreated, you could wind up with some very costly damage.
Fortunately, if you learn to recognize the signs of tree root intrusion, and call your trusted plumber in for assistance, you can get ahead of the problem. Tree root intrusion is exactly what it sounds like. It’s when tree roots grow into your sewer lines and is one of the primary causes of clogs in your main sewer drain. Thus, root intrusion is the number one reason homeowners call for rooter service assistance.
How Do Roots Get into the Sewer Pipes?
Root intrusion happens as roots seek out water sources so that they can grow. Because of this, they are drawn to the moisture in your pipes. They look for ways in through the joints, cracks and other weak spots in the pipe, then latch on and grow into the pipes so that they can absorb the water from inside. As you can imagine, this can cause your sewer lines to back up fairly quickly. Homes built prior to the 1980’s are even more at risk, as sewer lines, at the time, were made from clay, cast iron or other porous material that crack, collapse or corrode as they age. So, as you can imagine, this is actually a very common problem that homeowners face.
Signs of Tree Root Intrusion
One of the surest indications that there is a problem of tree root intrusion with your main sewer line is when you start to notice multiple plumbing fixtures inside of your home backing up. For instance, you might start to see unusual activity with your shower backing up when the toilet is flushed. Similarly, your toilet might stop flushing and instead start bubbling. These are signs of a tree root intrusion blockage. If this or other unusual plumbing activity is happening in your home, it’s time to call our expert Tritan plumbers in for an inspection.
What to Expect from Tritan’s Rooter Services
Though the issue of resolving a root intrusion clog may seem like a great feat, it’s actually a pretty common and straightforward procedure. Once you call, our expert technicians will work with you to clear the roots in your sewer line. A plumber will first assess the extent of the clog and/or damage through the use of a video pipe inspection. This allows for an up-close look at the root cause, no pun intended, and a visual aid to check the pipe’s remaining structure. Once the source point is established, the technician will discuss multiple options with you on how to solve the problem and get your lines back up and running again. If the problem is not yet too big of an issue, it may be as simple as hydrojetting the lines to clear all clogs and root debris. If the problem is more severe and there is significant damage to your pipes, however, replacement may be the best course of action. Either way the situation plays out, you will be well informed and educated on your options.
Remember, Tritan Plumbing is here for you, and we won’t quit until you are completely satisfied with a job well done.