If your sewer line has been ‘diagnosed’ with tree roots at some point or another, you probably also know that this is a chronic condition unless you reline or replace the sewer pipe. Even so, tree roots are a common enough problem for property owners in and near Helotes, TX, and they can be managed successfully with periodic drain cleaning service. Our company, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio, provides sewer line maintenance, helping customers combat tree roots so they don’t clog the line. Eventually, all plumbing systems require replacement, so if tree roots in your sewer line necessitate repair, we can help.
Why Are Tree Roots Growing in the Sewer Line?
Trees provide welcome shade for property owners in Helotes, TX. However, if you’ve ever experienced a root infestation in your sewer line, you may begin to feel just like Saruman from Lord of the Rings (he cuts all the trees down). Tree roots have a crucial job to perform; they prowl underground in search of water and nutrients needed to support the life of the tree. Your sewer line, which passes within their underground territory, constitutes a treasure trove of all the water and nutrients these roots could ever want.
When a pipe is brand new and in great condition, the roots can’t access your sewer line. However, with time, the soil can shift, causing tiny cracks in the pipe. Age, of course, can also cause the sewer pipe to weaken, especially at seams. All it takes is a pinpoint hole and a thread-like tree root can infiltrate the pipe. Once it gets in, it will lap up the wastewater and grow. As it grows, the crack widens. Its growth will eventually stop up the pipe and cause a blockage. Often, property owners have no knowledge of this underground invasion of their plumbing system until they witness wastewater backing up through a floor drain, spilling all over their floor. It’s not pretty.
Dealing with Tree Roots
Drain cleaning service can help you maintain functioning drains. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio offers professional drain cleaning service that even includes sewer lines and whatever happens to be in them. There are various ways to deal with tree roots. While drain cleaning service can help you manage a tree root problem, it might not be the solution you need if the tree roots have caused substantial damage to your pipe. The following are a few ways the plumbers deal with a tree root issue:
Cable and Cutter
If you need sewer line drain cleaning service, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio can help. One of the chief methods for dealing with tree roots in the sewer line is to operate a cable machine. This machine features a long auger that snakes through the sewer line, pushing debris out through the pipe and into the main sewer. If we find roots in the line (they get caught in the cable, so they’re usually quite easy to identify), we will attach a cutter to the head of the cable. The cutter swivels through the pipe and cuts away the roots. Then, we run water to push them out into the sewer.
Many of our Helotes, TX customers opt for this type of drain cleaning service every year or so to prevent the roots from growing too large and stopping up the pipe. Unfortunately, it doesn’t kill the roots or solve the problem completely. The roots will grow back. However, many people find it much easier and inexpensive to deal with the issue with annual drain cleaning service.
Reline or Replace Sewer Line
While drain cleaning service can help customers manage tree roots for years (along with all the other debris that gets into drains), some people opt to reline or replace their sewer line and some people don’t have much choice in the matter; they have to reline or replace the pipe because it’s collapsed or ruptured, rendering their line non-functioning.
Relining a sewer line with trenchless water repair is a less invasive and, typically, less expensive option than replacing the line the old-fashioned way (digging up the ground to remove the old pipe and install a new one). To reline the pipe, a plumber will insert a resin-type material into the pipe that will reline the pipe’s interior. As the resin cures (hardens), it effectively forms a new pipe, using the old one as a host. Trenchless sewer line repair is durable and, often, the preferable solution for many property owners.
Sometimes the old pipe, however, is too damaged to be a host for the trenchless repair method. In such cases, the pipe must be replaced the traditional way. It’s a big job that usually involves earth-moving equipment. It’s definitely not as simple or inexpensive as drain cleaning service, but once the pipe is replaced, it should last for decades and solve your current tree root problem.
bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio offers sewer line maintenance and repairs. When cleaning drains, we can remove tree roots too. As a full-service plumbing company, we can provide the ideal solution you need to keep your plumbing system functioning optimally. Our plumbers are certified and experienced. You can rely on us if you suspect you have tree roots in your drain.
Get in touch with us for all of your plumbing maintenance needs. We have a reputation for outstanding service and standing by the quality of our work. We have many long-term customers who trust us because of our integrity, expertise, and fair pricing. Call bluefrog Plumbing + Drain + HVAC of San Antonio to schedule your appointment or to find out more about our plumbing services.