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How to Easily Get Tree Roots Out of Sewer Lines

Posted on: August 25, 2023

Trees grow toward water, especially the roots. They usually absorb whatever moisture is in the soil or rains from above. Still, tree roots will also seek any moisture they detect below the ground. This includes sewer lines on your property. One of the most common and catastrophic plumbing issues is when tree roots grow into your buried pipes, blocking sewer lines and breaking open pipes to absorb the water inside.

This can cause a number of problems, from slow drains to sinkholes, and can be very difficult to deal with unless you have a pro plumbing and home services team to take care of the job. If you’re wondering what dissolves tree roots in sewer lines, Bud Matthews Services can help show you some options, so you’re not stuck taking care of it yourself.

How Do Roots Get Into The Sewer Line?

Tree roots can sense water nearby. Sewer gases and even the slightest crack or unsealed joint in your buried pipes can attract a tree root’s attention. Once the root starts growing toward a source of moisture, it’s only a matter of time before it tries to warp, crack, and infiltrate to get the water from inside the pipe.

How Do Tree Roots Damage Sewer Line Pipes?

Tree roots seem like inert objects, but they are quite strong. You’ve seen tree roots rupture concrete and overtake abandoned buildings. Sewer lines are no different. The roots will inevitably grow into the pipe, starting small and growing their own wedge until a root may have entered and completely obscured the pipe’s passage. To save the pipe, you need to rely on the best experts with the best equipment, whether to remove the roots altogether or simply dissolve tree roots in sewer lines.

Tree Roots in the Septic System

Trees also love to invade septic systems and will crack into the water and drain lines at any chance. A tree too close to your access lid may try to infiltrate down from the top and cause serious damage.

Warning Signs of Roots in Sewer Line Pipes

It’s not always obvious when a tree’s roots have broken into your sewer lines. From the surface, it can be difficult to tell how far into the process the roots are without a sewer camera inspection. But you can learn to recognize the signs of tree roots in the drains if you know what to look for. Then you can determine how to get tree roots out of the sewer line.

First, look for sinkholes on the property. A wet, soggy spot indicates that the root has broken open a pipe but is not fully blocked. Slow drains and consistent drain clogs inside the house can indicate that a root is partially blocking your clear line to the sewer. Lastly, trees looking more vibrant and nourished than other trees on the block could be a sign that they’ve found a damaging water source underground.

Professional Solutions Offered by Bud Matthews Services

The best way to get rid of tree roots in your sewer lines – and keep them out – is to use root killers. Bud Matthews can send several types of natural discouraging substances down the pipes or use them on the area of a tree that has damaged your sewer line without causing harm to your pipes or the rest of the yard. We know just what dissolves tree roots in sewer lines.

The right root killer will cause the root to shrivel and avoid your pipes so that the root can be removed and the pipe repaired. In some cases, regular use of root killers may be needed to keep overeager tree roots at bay.

Bud Matthews Services: Your Trusted Solution for Tree Root Intrusions in Sewer Lines in North Carolina

We have the solution if you have tree roots growing in your sewer lines or septic system. The teams of Bud Matthews Services are proud to provide expert drain care and sewer line repairs when trees try to use your plumbing system as sustenance. If you’re looking for a permanent solution to slow drains, sinkholes, or persistent tree root problems, contact us today.


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