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Are Tree Roots Clogging My Pipes?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

image of tree roots visibly sticking out of the ground in a yard Over time, small roots grow deeper into the pipes, enlarging the holes or fissures, and before you know it---the pipe is full of roots.

Although trees in NE Ohio are gorgeous in the fall, the beauty ends when they cause havoc on your below the ground drain pipes.

If your home was built before 1970, the pipes in your yard are most likely made of clay and even more susceptible to cracking. When the pipes crack, the tiny roots from the tree will find their way into the pipe causing small holes. Over time, the small roots grow deeper into the pipe, enlarging the holes or fissures, and before you know it---the pipe is full of roots. Unfortunately, once the roots get into the pipe this will be an annual problem. The outcome? The system backs up into your basement---flooding it and making a huge mess.

As the property owner, you are responsible for maintaining the sewer laterals. These are the pipes that connect your home’s sewer pipes to the main sewer pipe, which are in the street. But without x-ray vision…it’s hard to tell if it really is indeed, tree roots. You may have to call and plumber that can perform a camera inspection.

Ways to take care of removing the roots include: cutting the tree roots with an auger, depositing a chemical such as copper sulfate crystals right outside the pipe, or use a hydro jetter to flush the pipe with a chemical that kills roots.

If you’ve dealt with this devastation at your home and have water or mold damage in your basement from sewer back-up---it’s time to call SERVPRO of North Columbiana County.  When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property. The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources. Call us today at 330.921.4931.

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