Battling Tree Roots In Your Sewer? It May Be Time To Replace The Line

Tree roots are big problems for sewer lines. Once they work their way inside your sewer pipe, they'll keep growing until they clog up your drain. Even if you have a rooter service clear out the roots, they'll eventually grow back. As the roots wiggle into tiny cracks in the pipe, they make the damage worse. Your sewer line may eventually crumble and collapse on itself. The only way to stop root damage is to replace the sewer line so roots are blocked from getting inside the pipe. Here's how the process works:

Camera Inspection Is First

When you call a sewer contractor about your problem, the first thing the contractor will probably suggest is using a tiny camera to look inside your sewer line. The camera sends video back to a monitor so the contractor can determine the extent of the damage. In addition, as the camera works its way through the pipe, the contractor is able to judge how deep underground the pipe is located, and whether it has any sharp turns. All this information helps the contractor determine the best way to approach replacing your sewer pipe.

Trenchless Sewer Replacement

The trenchless approach is only possible if your pipe isn't too deep and doesn't make any sharp turns underground. Also, it has to be possible to pull a lining through the part of the pipe that is collapsed. This type of sewer replacement is often preferred because the contractor only needs to dig holes at the ends of the pipe rather than digging a trench in your yard.

A pipe liner is threaded through one end, while a hook is threaded through the other end that will grab the liner and pull it on through. The old, cracked pipe is left in place underground, and the liner acts like a new pipe replacement that keeps out roots so your line stays clear.

The Trench Method

If the trenchless method isn't possible for your situation, then the contractor will need to dig a trench beside the pipe that runs from your house to the city's main line. This allows the contractor to access your old pipe so it can be replaced with a new one. The downside to this method is whole process is disruptive to your yard. You might lose plants, flowers, and sod that needs to be replaced.

If you're battling tree roots now, you will probably need to replace your sewer line at some point in the future. The question is when. It's possible to go for years with a tree root problem. You'll probably have to call out a plumber periodically to clear the roots out of your drain, but until the drain collapses, the problem may be manageable without the expense of replacing your pipe. However, if you wait too long and tree roots crack the pipe wide enough that sewage leaks in your yard or the pipe collapses, you'll be forced to make emergency repairs.

To learn more, contact a company like Canessco Edmonton with any questions you have.


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