How to Control Roots in the Sewer Line
Your sewer is susceptible to a number of problems that can impede its performance and lead to various costly problems in the near future. For instance, if your sewer line is clogged, then the toilets and drains inside of your home will also likely back up.
Even worse, if roots are allowed to grow through the joints of your pipes, then raw sewage can leak out into your yard. The best way to control roots in the sewer line is by taking advantage of any of the following solutions:
- Root treatment products - These can help to clear out any existing problems, while helping to prevent future problems from occurring. If possible, choose a safe solution that offers a satisfaction guarantee to ensure that you are getting your money’s worth. These foaming
products are usually extremely effective and can take care of minor root intrusion but they may require days or weeks to do the job. While they need to be used on a continuous basis, they are typically affordable, easy to apply, and usually only need to be used a few times a year after a professional sewer cleaning.
- Sewer line cleaning and high-pressure water jetting (or hydro-jetting) - Your local Roto-Rooter plumbing company can unclog your sewer lines using mechanical sewer snakes or high-pressure water jetters but remember these are only temporary solutions. If roots got in once, they will eventually return until voids in the sewer pipe are finally repaired or the pipeline is replaced.
- Sewer line camera inspection - This will allow your plumber to view the exact source of the problem and evaluate the condition of your sewer pipe to provide you with more information on how severe the root growth is and how you can correct it.
- Consider landscaping - If possible, do not plant trees or shrubs near sewer lines to help prevent root intrusion, leaks, and blockage. To be safe, most plumbers recommend planting trees and shrubs at least 15 to 20 feet away from the sewer line.
- Install a backflow preventer valve - If the sewer frequently backs up into your home, a backflow valve can be installed in the floor drain to help prevent future backups.
- Ask a professional - When all else fails, your local plumber is a wealth of knowledge. They can advise you on other measures that you can take to avoid the problem again in the near future.
If toilets, showers, bathtubs, or drains are backed up, or if you notice a pooling of water in your yard or especially green grass, these may be signs that your sewer is leaching raw sewage and waste water into your yard. Don’t wait until it is too late to call a plumber for a simple fix.