Plumbing Tips to Prevent Roots from Plugging Into Your Sewer Lines

Some tree roots tend to be extremely invasive. They grow into the sewer line and cause drain problems. You can keep them away from your sewer system by boring through them using a rented auger or even cutting down the trees.

tree roots plugging plumbing sewer lines

You can also call in a sewer company to do the work. The professionals will open the drain line and get rid of the invasive roots with appropriate products. Once done, they’ll reinstall the old drain line or install a new one. You’ll only need a high-quality power auger (rental) and a pipe wrench for this project.


What should you do if roots clog the sewer pipes?

In case you reside in a wooded area, then you might be stressed with roots growing into your sewer line since they may clog it. However, it’s not necessary to cut down the trees. Trees often grow through joints and cracks, especially in old clay tile, asphalt composite, and cast iron sewer lines.

The roots usually grow towards the pipes in search of the nutrient-rich waste that’s passing down the toilet and drains. Cast iron and clay material are no longer used in making sewer lines since roots can easily penetrate through them. Also, these pipe materials are challenging to install and maintain, heavy, brittle, and expensive.

Today, most sewer pipes are usually manufactured with plastic. Plastic pipes are lightweight, tough, and cheap. They’re almost impervious to roots.

The options you have are to cut the trees, ream the drain lines from time to time, or seek assistance from a professional. A sewer cleaning company may ream the pipes or check them with a video camera to establish the exact problem.

They’ll check whether the pipe is improperly sloped, cracked, crushed, or whether the roots are penetrating the pipe through loose joints or cracks. Their findings will be followed with recommendations of what to do. The most likely recommendation would be:

Replacing the old sewer line with plastic pipes

The sewer line may be treated with an appropriate poison that kills the nearby roots. It also ensures new tree roots take longer to grow. An appropriate poison is specially designed to only deal with the roots and not killing the entire tree.

Another solution would be lining the old line with plastic fabric. The fabric is thereafter cemented. Most large businesses have been using this option for many years now.

Residential homes are now using this option. Most local plumbing and sewer companies may not offer this service, but you can ask bigger companies to assist you.

Alternatively, you can buy a power auger to clean the lines yourself rather than paying for the service every other year. If you don’t wish to buy one, simply rent from a local sewer company.