How to Get Rid of Tree Roots in Drain Pipes

A very commonly recurring, but often ignored problem is that of tree roots in drain pipes. Often, homeowners tend to plant trees that have roots going deep into the ground and thus penetrating through drain pipes. In other cases, they might not even have planted the trees and they are not aware that these roots are actually causing the damage to their drain pipes. Hence, it is important that you lay out the plan for getting rid of these. Though, removable by hand or manually in some cases, the procedure is usually more complex in others. Thus, a professional guidance is required.

Cutting the roots

Tree Roots in Drain

Tree Roots in Drain

Of course, once the penetration of the roots has happened, there is nothing else to be done except getting rid of them. So, to get rid of these tree roots in drain pipes two main procedures are used:

  • Chemical root removal is the first option. In this process, a plethora of strong chemicals is used, which help in dissolving the roots. These chemicals may be harsh. Therefore, there is a chance that they also cause damage to your pipes. So, make sure that you pick something to get rid of the roots and not causing permanent damage to the pipe, as that is barely a solution. When implementing this solution, another crucial factor you should ensure is that the roots don’t get so weak that the tree may fall or cause damage – unless you plan to remove the entire tree too. In the removal process, make sure that you are sealing the area well to prevent any accident.
  • Another option to use here would be hydro-jetters that are devices specifically made to get rid of the roots out of your drain system. These jetters are best known to minimize the damage caused by the tree roots. In this process, there is a lot of costs involved, as it calls for sophisticated machines and equipment. In fact, it is ideal for more serious or bigger tree root issues that are causing problem. You can get this done from professionals, who make sure that they dig enough to get rid of the roots, even 500 feet is possible. They make use of the neighborhood plan to target the pipes that are prone to root damage or tree roots in drain pipes.

Prevention is the better than cure

  • In most cases, it is the best to try to prevent the problem from happening in the first place. So, if you have huge trees in the vicinity and your plumbing line seems to be going at an accessible distance from there, do hire a professional and get the same checked. Especially, if you are about to start construction in the house.
  • Along with this, do make sure that if you are planting trees, then you check the basic plumbing layout. By doing so, you can prevent these roots from creating problems. A gardener or a professional with some knowledge can guide you better on planting trees that don’t have long roots.
  • Ask your neighborhood community to keep a tab on these issues and discuss a joint solution to prevent this from happening without cutting down trees or causing ecological damage.

Along with this, with tree roots in drain pipes do get regular checks done from experts too. These few little things will not only prevent these roots from causing permanent damage to your pipes, but also prevent them from creating hindrance for others, especially in the suburbs.

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