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How to Detect and Prevent Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line

Tree roots can have a devastating effect on your sewer line, and if you’re like many homeowners, you may not realize that they’re a problem until they’re a big problem — and they’re ruptured your sewer line. At this point, you’ll need professional sewer line repair in Temecula, CA — although regular inspections and preventative maintenance can help you avoid a costly repair.

How Do Tree Roots Get Into Sewer Lines?

A cracked and leaking sewer line gives trees many of the things they need to grow and thrive, including fertilizer and water. If you have a slow leak from the pipes in your yard, trees may naturally gravitate towards them. Over time, the root system will grow and can eventually rupture the pipe.

Sometimes a sewer line leak is easy to spot — you may have a squishy place in the yard or grass that’s exceptionally green and lush. Other times, you may not realize there’s a leak until it becomes a problem in your house.

Detecting Tree Roots in Sewer Lines

Professional plumbers use a special sewer line inspection camera, mounted on a small filament and carefully guided through the sewer lines. The tech monitors the camera’s progress through the pipes and can find leaks, clogs, and tree roots. Once the inspection is completed, the plumber will create a repair plan.

Sewer Line Repairs

Depending on where the leak is, your plumber may be able to fix it without excavating your lawn or your basement or slab underneath the house. However, if the problem involves completely replacing pipes, you may have to have the tree and several feet of pipe removed and replaced to prevent future problems. Your local plumber can give you the least invasive recommendation.

For example, the offending rots can be removed manually, using an auger, or chemically, dissolving the tree roots, and then the plumber can repair the pipes. Once the roots are removed, then your plumber may choose to use a root killer that prevents or slows re-growth. Removing the roots can give you time to plan how and when to repair the pipes.

Professional Plumbers in Temecula, CA!

The team at Guardian Plumbers is certified and trained in finding tree roots in your plumbing and solving your problems. Don’t wait until your lawn is flooded or your plumbing fixtures are overflowing — call us first for your sewer line repair.

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