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Nature certainly adds shade and beauty to our landscape, but the roots of those trees may cause extensive damage to our sewer pipes. The reason that roots take so well in our sewer is because they enjoy the area there, it has oxygen, nutrients, and water. Aside from backups and blockages, roots are one of the more expensive sewer maintenance factors that people deal with in the Greater Toronto Area.
How the problem starts/what to do next
Most homeowners do not have any clue that they have problems with roots until it is too late. The pipes are buried and out of sight, making it almost impossible to know when a problem occurs. One of the first indicators is a slowly flowing drain. You may hear gurgling noises from your toilet bowls, which is indicative of a slow-flowing drainage system. If you do nothing to resolve the roots/blockage, eventually it is going to lead to a complete blockage.
As the roots continue to grow, they will exert and expand in such a way that it places tremendous pressure on the joint or crack where they entered into the pipe. The force is going to lead to the pipe breaking, which may result in the pipe collapsing in its entirety. Those pipes that have structural damage because of severe root intrusion will need a complete replacement.
What can you do?
As a homeowner, you need to be aware of your sewer cleanout pipe and laterals. You want to make sure that you do not plant certain types of hedges or trees near the sewer lines. You want any trees more than 10 feet from the sewer line, this is going to minimize root intrusion. You want slow-growing species that have less aggressive root systems.
If you already have problems with roots in your pipes, it is going to lead to an eventual blockage or further, extensive damage if you do nothing about it. If you want to prevent this from happening, you need regular cleaning. Having a professional company help you is going to ensure that your sewer lateral is structurally sound and free of obstructions. Remember that any structural fault is going to make it possible for roots to dig into your sewer pipes.
Getting to the root of the problem
If you want to know what the extent of the damage done to your pipes or how you are able to recover from the damage, you need a professional company that can determine that for you. The professionals at Dr. Pipe Drain and Plumbing Services are able to .