ThreeWays to Handle Roots in Your Sewer Line

ThreeWays 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.  Once the plumber has finished cleaning the line, he can 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.

One option available is to have professional snaking performed on your sewage line about once a year. You can call Roto-Rooter in Baltimore to do this for you.  The snake (a electric cable with blades on the end) is inserted into your sewage line chopping up any debris.   This is the quickest way to remove a clog, but the cost of having this done each year can add up.

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.

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 and many of them are now starting to fall apart. Replacing an entire sewage line is expensive but if you have Orangeburg pipes it may be the only effective measure.  Plumbers can insert a camera into your sewage line and determine which type of pipe you have and it’s condition. If it is an old Orangeburg pipe, or the condition is un-repairable, shelling out the thousands of dollars for a replacement may be the only long-term solution.

If you already have a major clog, snaking is the best way to get rid of it. If you want to prevent future root 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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