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How to Remove Tree Roots from Your Sewer: A Comprehensive Guide by Instant Plumbing and Rooter

Serving Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, and more of AZ with professional plumbing services since 2001

We know how annoying and expensive a plumbing issue can be, especially one involving your sewer line. It’s amazing how one little tree root can cause a big headache! But don’t fret, we’re here to simplify the problem for you. Today, we’re diving deep into the common issue of tree roots in sewer lines, how they get there and how you can get rid of them.

How To Remove Tree Roots From Your Sewer: A Comprehensive Guide By Instant Plumbing And Rooter
How To Remove Tree Roots From Your Sewer: A Comprehensive Guide By Instant Plumbing And Rooter
How To Remove Tree Roots From Your Sewer: A Comprehensive Guide By Instant Plumbing And Rooter

How Tree Roots Make Their Way into Sewers

Trees need nutrients and moisture to grow, and guess what’s teeming with these? Your sewer lines! The moisture that escapes from the tiny cracks or joins in the sewer pipes attracts tree roots. Once they infiltrate these openings, they continue to grow, eventually causing blockages, damages and costly repairs.

Mechanical Augering: The First Line of Defense

At Instant Plumbing and Rooter, one of the first methods we use to tackle this issue is mechanical augering. This involves inserting a specialized machine into the pipe, which cuts and clears the tree roots that have penetrated your sewer line. Augering is often a cost-effective and less invasive option, but keep in mind that it’s more like a temporary fix. The roots will grow back eventually if you don’t take further action.

Going Green with RootX: The Next Line of Defense

After a mechanical augering, we recommend a RootX treatment. RootX is an aquatic herbicide designed to kill tree roots without harming your pipes or the environment. It’s an excellent preventive measure you can take semi-annually to keep those roots from returning.

Dig and Replace: The Permanent Solution

For a more permanent fix, we offer “dig and fix” solutions. This involves digging up the compromised section of your sewer line, removing it and replacing it with new sewer piping. Though more labor-intensive and costly upfront, this option provides a long-term solution to your root problem.

Consider Tree Removal: A Precautionary Measure

When dealing with tree roots in your sewer lines, one option is removing the tree itself. Although this is a drastic step, sometimes it’s necessary to protect the integrity of your plumbing system in the long term. Removing the tree can be particularly beneficial if it is too close to your home and poses a risk not just to your sewer lines, but also to your home’s foundation, driveways or walkways. It is a permanent solution that prevents future root intrusions.

Signs You Might Have a Tree Root Problem

  • Slow draining sinks or tubs
  • Frequent toilet backups
  • Foul odors emanating from drains
  • Unexplained patches of lush grass in your yard

What to Do If You Suspect Tree Roots in Your Sewer?

If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to give us a call. At Instant Plumbing and Rooter, we treat your home like it’s our own. We provide upfront pricing and aim to bring your plumbing systems back to excellent working condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often should I have my sewer lines checked for tree roots?

A: We recommend an annual inspection, especially if you have older pipes or large trees near your sewer lines.

Q: Can I use any chemical to kill the tree roots?

A: Not all chemicals are safe for your pipes or the environment. We recommend using RootX, which is proven to be effective and environmentally safe.

Q: Is mechanical augering a permanent solution?

A: Mechanical augering is more of a temporary fix. For a permanent solution, you might want to consider our “dig and replace” services.

Q: How long does it take to replace a section of sewer line?

A: The time frame can vary depending on the extent of the damage and the length of the pipe that needs replacing. However, most jobs are completed within a day or two.

Q: How much does it cost to remove tree roots from the sewer line?

A: The cost can vary significantly depending on the severity of the problem and the method used for removal. We provide upfront pricing estimates to help you make an informed decision.

We hope this guide has been useful to you. If you have more questions or need professional assistance, feel free to give us a call. We service most of the valley, including Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, and many more. We’re open Monday thru Friday from 8AM to 5PM, always ready to serve you!

About Us

Instant Plumbing and Rooter LLC is a family-owned and operated plumbing business in Phoenix, AZ. We’re a family of reliable professionals that use the latest techniques for dependable plumbing services. Since 2001, we have been taking care of our community’s plumbing needs promptly and professionally.

Through our work, we aim to change the perception of plumbers in our community. Our goal is to make homeowners like you more informed, as well as show others that being a plumber is not just about unclogging toilets.

A plumber brings hygiene, sanitation, and comfort to everyone, and that’s what we’re here to help you with.

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