Roots In Sewer Line
Tree root intrusion into sewer lines is an amazingly common problem. Tree roots naturally seek out the best source of moisture and are attracted to the limitless supply of wastewater found in sewer lines. Roots enter through any joints or gaps in between pipes. As they draw moisture from the sewer line, these roots not only multiply but expand - which over time leads to structural decay of the pipe and eventual collapse. Contrary to popular belief however, there are ways of permanently solving the problem without cutting down the tree.
Progression Of Root Intrusion
Stage 1: Early Intrusion
Roots find their way into a joint in the sewer line, attracted by readily available moisture and start to grow into the sewer line. At this stage, it can be hard to tell that there is an issue with the line.
Stage 2: Advanced Intrusion
Nourished by the moisture, tree roots in sewer lines begin to multiply and grow thicker. Solid waste such as toilet paper is caught up in the root ball to further block the line leading to backups and clogs. If Stage 2 roots have progressed far enough, they cannot be cleared by mechanical rooters and will need advanced technology such as hydrojetting or a permanent repair solution.
Stage 3: Collapse/Structural Failure
As tree root incursion continues to develop, the integrity of the pipe is weakened and eventually gives way to the weight of the soil above the line. Once the issue has progressed to structural failure, the only option to restore the line to a serviceable condition is through a permanent repair solution.
Root Repair Procedure & Options