Tree Root Invasion

Thick, gnarled tree and shrub roots infiltrating your sewer lines is probably the last thing you would expect to be the cause of your backed up sink or slow-moving drain. When it comes to plumbing, though, tree roots are the source of more problems than you might think. If you neglect the issue, the roots can penetrate deep into your pipe network, causing your pipes to leak, flood your home and maybe even cause damage to the sidewalk or road leading up to your property.

Tree roots instinctively seek sources of moisture and nutrients – both of which are abundant in sewer lines. That’s why tree and shrub roots can and do penetrate any kind of compromised pipe material, including PVC, concrete and clay – eventually causing a plumbing emergency.

Your property, whether it’s your primary residence, place of business, or rental, is your most valuable asset. Don’t wait until you have a sewer crisis – call Specialized Pipe Technologies today to deal with your stubborn tree root blockage once and for all.

How Should You Handle a Tree Root Invasion?

Tree root invasions can cause major issues in your home or office. If, for example, one of your toilets won’t flush and has backed up entirely, spilling raw sewage all over the floor, not only are you dealing with awful smells, but the sewage is also full of bacteria that pose a serious health hazard to you and everyone else who comes in contact with it.

Your first thought might be to try using a drain snake, or to pour harsh chemicals down your toilet. However, if tree roots have invaded your water line, those two DIY solutions won’t even scratch the surface of your problem. Your best course of action is to call the experts at SPT right away.

Other warning signs that tree roots might be blocking your drain pipes include:

  • Standing water on or around your property
  • Water puddles inside your house, or moisture stains surrounding plumbing fixtures
  • Lower-than-average water pressure
  • Higher-than-average water bills
  • Odd noises coming from your drains or pipes
  • Cracks developing in your home’s foundation

How We Solve Your Knotty Problem

When you call us to report that you have reason to believe a tree root invasion is causing one (or more) of the above problems in your home, our first step in providing an accurate diagnosis is often to conduct a video inspection of your sewer line. Real-time video footage of your pipes will help our technicians determine where the roots have entered your plumbing, as well as the full extent of the blockage. A video inspection can uncover other issues within your sewer line as well, such as mineral deposits that have the potential to develop into a severe issue in the future.

Many times, an innovative solution called hydro-jetting is the best way to solve a stubborn clog like tree roots. Our highly trained technicians use a specialized tool with a multi-directional nozzle that sprays water in 360 degrees. At 4,000 pounds per square inch, the water pressure is strong enough to blast tough tree roots into tiny particles that wash away into the sewer main, leaving your pipes in like-new condition.

Let SPT Put an End to Your Plumbing Headaches

At Specialized Pipe Technologies, we are proud to offer the most cutting-edge solutions in the plumbing industry today, as well as to employ technicians with the highest level of training and experience. Rely on us to help you put your plumbing problems behind.

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    Specialized Pipe Technologies

    For over 25 years SPT has provided sewer, water line and storm drain inspection, cleaning and non-invasive pipe lining solutions. We help property owners and managers clean and repair their existing pipes using “no-dig” non-invasive renewal techniques. SPT repairs leaks and cracks with our internal “pipe-within-a-pipe” lining process that uses existing access points and doesn’t require tearing out walls or landscaping. 

    Our expert pipe lining installation teams have rehabilitated more than 2 million linear feet of pipe!