You’re probably familiar with things that you shouldn’t put down your drain to avoid pipe damage like coffee grounds, grease and paper towels. Even if you are extremely vigilant with your drain care, there are certain damages that can occur outside of your control. Tree roots are a common cause of drainage and plumbing problems.
How do roots cause pipe damage?
Trees roots search for a water source. When a tree isn’t getting enough water and moisture, they will naturally grow in the direction of water, which often leads them closer to water carrying pipes. Often, and especially with older clay pipes, water will escape from into the soil via cracks. As the water attracts the growing roots, they will ultimately puncture the tube. With the increased access to water, the root will continue to grow and also expand the damage to the drain. Over time the root will create a large blockage.
Signs of Root Disturbance
Because root damage takes place beneath the soil, it can be hard to detect early on. However, once the root has cracked the pipe, it will create blockages that can result in signs of root damage to your pipes.
Common signs to look out for:
- Recurring toilet stoppage or clogs
- Overflowing or slow-flowing drains
- Clay or Iron piping
- Sewage backup
- Gurgling noises
- Decreased water pressure
How do you know the extent of root disturbance?
Depending on the setup of your home and foundation, a plumber may decide to do a video inspection of your pipes to examine the source of your plumbing issues and to get a look at what is happening within your pipes.
How do you remove roots from drains?
Once your plumbing technician has identified that the problem is caused by root disturbance there are a few options for clearing the pipe and mending the damage. Typically we will snake the drain to remove anything we can first. Then perform hydro-jetting, which is the process of flushing the tank with pressurized water, to break down or push out the blockage.
We may also use a growth inhibitor to stop recurrence in the path of the pipe. Depending on the amount of damage done to the pipe by the root, you may require pipe replacement.
Don’t wait to have your pipes checked!
If you notice any of the typical signs of pipe damage or blockage you should contact a professional plumbing company. If left unrepaired, plumbing issues can cause harm to your home’s foundation, frame, flooring and more. Backed up sewage is also a major health hazard. Contact Mr. Plumber today to schedule your inspection and drain cleaning.