A common problem that can occur with your sewer involves tree roots growing
into the sewer pipes. When this happens, the roots slowly begin to cause
blockages in your sewer system and can ultimately break your pipes, leading
plumbing repairs. Read on to learn why tree roots grow into sewer pipes, how you can spot
this serious problem, and what your next steps should be.
What Causes Roots to Grow In Pipes
As warm water flows inside your sewer pipes, vapor can escape into the
soil around them through either a loose joint or a crack in your pipes.
Because tree roots can grow extremely long distances underground in search
of water and other nutrients, they are attracted to this vapor and will
grow toward it. Once they reach the area of escaped vapor, the tree roots
will start to grow into the crack or loose joint in order to reach even
more nutrients inside.
If they are left undisturbed, these tree roots will continue growing within
your pipes, filling them with roots that eventually catch toilet paper,
oil, grease, fats, grit, and any other debris that is sent through your
sewer system. This leads to serious blockages and ultimately structural
damage to your sewer pipes.
Watch for Slowly Flowing Drains
The first sign of tree roots growing into your sewer pipes is slowly flowing
drains. The best way to watch for slowly flowing drains is in your toilet
bowl. If your drains are not flowing properly, the toilet bowl will emit
a gurgling noise. This is due to the early stages of blockages in your
pipes. If you hear this gurgling noise, you should contact a plumber to
assess the problem. The likelihood of this indicating tree roots in your
sewer pipes is much higher if you have an older home.
Blockages & Collapsed Pipes
The next stage in the process of tree roots infiltrating your sewer pipes
is a blockage. If you are facing a serious blockage in your toilet, the
problem could be more than just an average
clogged pipe. It is always better to be safe than sorry, as this problem is one of
the most expensive to repair, especially if you do not catch it until
serious damage occurs. The next stage in this process is a complete collapse
of the sewer pipe. If your pipes are structurally damaged, they will need
to be replaced.
Removing Tree Roots
If the damage to your sewer pipes is not severe, the tree roots can simply
be removed from your pipes using an auger, high-pressure flusher, or root
saw. After the tree roots and all blockages are removed, the next step
is repairing the problem area. Your Columbus, Ohio plumber may choose
to use pipe lining to prevent roots from growing into your sewer pipes
again. If your sewer pipes suffered structural damage, the plumber can
also replace these pipes. If you suspect that tree roots are growing into
your sewer pipes, do not hesitate to
contact The Eco Plumbers today.