Plumbing Tips

Call a Plumber When Roots Are Invading Your Septic System

October 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Category: Septic Tank


When you suspect that tree roots are invading your septic system and drainage pipes, who should you call? Although this may not sound like a question that most homeowners would need to ask, if in fact you find yourself in the miserable position of having a backed up sewer line, then you will want to know the important answer to this suddenly critical query.

Backed up and faulty sewer lines can quickly create a nightmare scenario for a homeowner and the family. If a sewer line is faulty, it will likely begin leaking sewage into the surrounding ground areas. In time, the smell will become readily apparent to the family in the house, and possibly even to the neighbors. A much more serious problem though, results when the sewer line becomes backed up.

If something happens to cause such a sewer line backup, the homeowner will quickly find their sewage coming back into the drains of the sinks and even the toilets. Apart from the obvious bad smells this creates, it presents a health hazard as well. In such a case as this, the services of a professional plumber will need to be called upon straight away. Trained and experienced plumbers are quickly and capably able locate the sewage lines to diagnose the problem.

Sometimes the problem will turn out to be the result of invasive tree roots interfering with the proper operation of the sewage line. If this proves to be your diagnosed problem, there is no cause for panic. Remedies for these problems are available and varied. It is possible that extensive digging will need to be done in order to remove the impediment to the sewer line, or possibly to unblock the line if it is backed up.

However, a range of solutions for solving the problems without digging are now available. Power Rodding and Hydro Jetting are two of the more revolutionary methods used nowadays. Power Rodding involves using a flexible steel cable that has a cutting head affixed to the end. The cutting head is inserted into the sewer line and rotates at a high speed to cut through, break up, and remove the blockage.

Hydro Jetting alternatively employs water to break up and remove blockage. A specific to the job hose is attached to the sewer line. Water is then forced through this hose at a high pressure of 3,000 pounds per square inch in order to clear the line. A specially designed nozzle is affixed to the end of the hose in order to remove any tree roots, built up silt, or trapped grease from the pipes.

If you find yourself in such a predicament you will want to get in touch with a professional plumber fast. Any broken or blocked sewage line is inconvenient, messy, and could be a hazard to your family’s health. Reputable plumbers can be found by doing an internet search. They will come to your home and diagnose the problem so that they can recommend effective remedies right away.

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