Tree Root Removal
How do tree roots get into pipes and drains?
With more and more people wanting a perfectly landscaped yard we are seeing a rise in a common problem: tree roots in drains and tree roots in pipes.
These roots work their way through the ground that has be disturbed by pipe laying, which may cause a root to strike a pipe at joint, where it will make its way in. Once in the pipe the root grow within the pipe, following it as far as it can go. This opening caused by the root allows for dirt and other root types to grow there as well, attracted by the moisture that can often be found in drain pipes.
What happens once a root is in your drain?
After making a home in the pipe the tree roots will begin to wreak havoc. They will begin to clog up the pipes, make it harder for water to flush through correctly as well as start to cause cracks to develop on the surface, caused by the pressure that the roots place on the pipes. These roots may also leave the pipes vulnerable to high stress situations, such as heavy rainfall or a flood, making them incapable of handling the influx of water.
How to detect if a root is in a pipe?
As stated above there are a few signs that you can look for if you think a root might have gotten into a pipe. The earlier signs induce a cracked driveway or cement deck, as well as a slow flowing drain; if the drain is slow flowing you may be tempted to snake the drain to see if the issue is something small that you can handle, but find that it is not. You may also notice a sign if your water stops flowing completely.
When to call someone?
If you suspect that there may be a tree root in your drain or pipe should call a professional immediately.
While you might be tempted to let the root continue to grow or handle the issue yourself you should seek immediate help, as allowing the root to grow can cause serious issues to the pipe. The pip may break or collapse, which may fill your yard with sewage and other unsightly things.
A professional may suggest that you replace the pipes and rain if the damage is significant enough. If it can be salvaged,they may suggest to repair the lining of the pipes and drains, as it is a non-destructive method that requires not excavation. The lining will simply be fitted into the drain and help restore the integrity of the pipe. Having a pipe lining replaced will help to keep further roots from entering the drain, helping your cut back on any costs that may develop in the long run.
The professional might also recommend the removal of the tree and any other plants near the original breach, as doing as such may help prevent any further damage to the pipe and drain.