Tree roots blocked sewer pipe
Root barrier installation near sewer pipes

If a sink clogs up or a toilet won’t flush, you know right away. What you don’t know, necessarily, is how long that blockage has been in the works. Did you recently flush something you shouldn’t have down the toilet? Have you forgotten to place grease and cooking oils in a container and then place them in the trash?

Or, has the blockage been a long time coming? Well, the answer might easily be “yes” if tree or shrub roots have worked their way inside your underground drain lines.

Once tree roots have made their way into your sewer line and damaged them, they create further issues. First off, the affected section of plumbing allows sewage to leak into your yard. You might notice signs such as standing water, spongy grass, and/or an unpleasant smell coming from your yard. The second issue is that roots can continue growing into the pipes as they absorb more water, causing a partial or complete blockage of your sewer line.

How to Prevent Root Invasion

The best way to fix a tree root problem is to prevent it from happening to begin with. Our professional plumbers can help you locate your sewer line so that you can plant trees a safe distance away. There are also some trees that are more likely to put out roots that can damage your sewer line more than others—something to be aware of and ask about when purchasing landscaping plants for your yard.

If you don’t know the age or condition of your pipes, our plumbers can perform a video pipe inspection to investigate your plumbing and see if it is, in fact, susceptible to damage or deterioration, or if damage already has occurred.

How to Treat Root Invasion

Our plumbers have adequate tools to help with this! Most likely, we’ll use augers to break up the tree roots, and then use scour jet equipment to blast away the remaining root blockage and wash it away. Of course, if the tree roots have cracked your sewer line, further repairs may prove necessary. Fortunately, trenchless technology has allowed our plumbers to effortlessly solve these types of problems for you with minimal disruption to your property.

Contact us today if you have a drain or toilet that keeps backing up or a blockage that simply won’t budge. Anthony’s has the equipment and experience to fix the problem completely.

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