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Tree Root Blockage Basics

Has this happened to you? You notice that your sinks are draining slowly so you call a plumber. After some examination your plumber tells you that you don’t have an ordinary drain blockage. He says that tree roots are growing in your pipes.

What does that mean? Well- here’s a little of why it happened, and what you can expect.

Tree roots growing into and subsequently blocking, plumbing causes many health and safety issues. The blocking of drainage pipes causes back-up that leads to unsanitary conditions. Even when the pipes aren’t completely blocked, the decay of dead roots can cause noxious gasses to infiltrate your home or business.

The tree root decay also threatens building substructures such as maintenance holes and concrete pipe cases. Finally, the area available to process household drainage is reduced as slime and fungus grow onto the decayed and stuck plant matter.

Roots growing into pipes aren’t a coincidence. Tree root systems seek out your pipes. Tree roots are attracted to pipes because of the moisture in the soil around the pipes.

There are several other factors that can contribute to potential tree root blockages. Regional rainfall, the types of plants and trees near the pipes, the type of soil and the quality of your pipes all come into play.

No matter how dry your soil or how pervasive your roots, trees will probably not be able to penetrate quality, undamaged pipes. On the other hand, damaged or sub-par plumbing basically guarantees trees access to your pipes.

Mechanically cutting and removing the blocked portion of pipe is the routine solution to roots in plumbing. But, this method often results in damaged pipes that roots just grow right back in to. That’s why many modern tree root specialists recommend preventive measures and alternative root removal techniques such as Vaporooter.

 

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