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What is Tree-Root Intrusion?
Tree roots naturally grow towards moisture. This means that if a sewer line on your property has any hairline cracks or loose fittings, tree roots will try to make their way into the line. When tree roots manage to grow into a sewer line, they can cause blockages and major damage.
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Are There Tree Roots in My Line?
So, how can you tell if there are tree roots intruding into your line? If you have trees growing nearby, keep an eye out for the following signs.
Common Signs of Tree-Root Intrusion
- Gurgling drains
- Slow drains
- Foul-smelling drains
If you notice any of these in your home and there is no obvious explanation for them, the issue may be tree-root intrusion.
What Can Be Done About it?
Completely removing the offending tree is one option, but if you want to keep your tree, there are a number of things that plumbers can do to remove and prevent tree roots from clogging up your sewer lines.
Solutions for Tree-Root Intrusion
Hydro jetting is when high-pressure water is shot through a pipe to dislodge and break apart clogs. This technique can be effective for tree-root intrusion in some instances.
Mechanical Auger or Rooter
A metal auger or rooter is fed into your pipes, where it chops through the intruded tree roots and clears them from the pipe.
If the tree-root intrusion is particularly severe and has already caused damage, you will need to have your pipes either repaired or fully replaced.
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