Three Ways to Handle Roots in Your Sewer Line

Three Ways to Handle Roots in Your Sewer Line

If you have a clog in your sewer line, there’s a pretty good chance that tree roots are responsible. Because clogs need to be taken care of quickly, you’ll probably call a plumber to take care of it. Once the plumber has finished the job, they will tell you whether the problem was root-related. If roots were the problem, chances are they will come back. Trees are resilient, but you have a few choices when it comes to keeping your sewage line free of roots.

Professional Snaking

One option available is to have professional snaking performed on your sewage line about once a year. You can call a plumber or Roto-Rooter in Cleveland to do this for you. Snaking involves attaching a long rope with blades to a drill. The snake is inserted into your sewage line, and the plumber operates the drill, which turns the blades and chops up any debris in the plumbing. This is the quickest way to remove a clog, but the cost of having this done each year can add up.

Root Killing Products

There are a number of products, such as Roto-Rooter Root Destroyer, that are formulated to prevent root growth. These solutions have solid records of success. This is a much easier method than snaking, and is also more affordable. If you aren’t sure which products to use, or how to apply the solution, consult with a plumber in your area or ask for recommendations.

Sewer Line Replacement

If you have an older home, your best option may be to replace the sewage line altogether. About half a century ago, Orangeburg pipes were common. These pipes were basically made of cardboard tubes covered in tar. These pipes were made to last 50 years, but many of them are now starting to fall apart. Replacing an entire sewage line is expensive, especially compared to the other methods, but if you have Orangeburg pipes it may be the only effective measure. Unfortunately, sewage lines are buried underground, so unless you built the home yourself, you may not know what type of pipes are down there. Plumbers can insert a camera into your sewage line and determine which type of pipe you have. If it is an old Orangeburg, or the condition is un-repairable, shelling out the thousands of dollars for a replacement may be the only long-term solution.

Evaluating Your Options

So, if you already have a major clog, snaking is the best way to get rid of it. If you want to prevent future growth, using a root killing solution is effective. If your pipes are in very poor condition, replacing or repairing them will cost more, but will ultimately solve the problem.

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