If you have been having plumbing problems in your Nevada or Arizona home, and there doesn’t appear to be anything wrong, you may be experiencing tree roots growing into your drainpipes. Check out our list below of possible signs that this may be happening in your home. If so, then you’ll need the help of a qualified professional to control the problem once and for all.
Our dedicated and qualified team at Ambient Edge has the wisdom and experience to handle all kinds of plumbing emergencies, big and small. We are available anytime you need us, whether it’s in the middle of the day or the dead of night. If you believe tree roots may be growing into your plumbing, give us a call at 888-230-8941 to schedule a service appointment.
How Tree Roots Grow into Drainpipes
Pipes seem pretty heavy-duty, so how do tree roots manage to grow right through them? There are a number of ways this can happen actually. For one, if your pipe develops a crack, this is a vulnerability that a tree root can easily exploit.
For another, tree roots will seek out moisture wherever they can find it, especially in a drought. Unfortunately for you, this may mean your septic system. Sewer vapor also acts as an excellent source of moisture that works to help tree roots thrive.
Signs Tree Roots May Be Growing into Your Drainpipes
You may think it is difficult, nee impossible, to tell if tree roots are the cause of your plumbing issues. But there are actually some giveaways that can help you diagnose the problem.
Do any of the following “S” s apply to you?
- Slow Drains – One of the first signs that you’re having plumbing trouble is slow drains. If your toilet is flushing slowly or making a gurgling noise when you flush, this may be the result of tree root damage.
- Sinkholes – Do you have sinkholes in your yard? This can be because tree roots are causing leaks by growing into your plumbing.
- Stink – Do you notice a terrible and/or sulfuric odor when you leave your house? This may also be a sign that tree roots are causing you problems due to the leaks and subsequent odors they cause.
Another sign tree roots have entered the pipes is if your toilet starts backing up. At times it may appear that someone flushed something accidentally that they shouldn’t have. Sure, there may be something blocking the pipe, but it’s not the result of anything your family members did.
If any of the above sound all too familiar to you, then it’s time to schedule a service call with a skilled member of our team.
Fixing the Problem
So how does a plumber fix a tree root issue? Does he need to break apart the yard, ultimately leaving it in shambles?
First, he’ll want to make sure, of course, that tree roots are actually the problem. He can do this by snaking a camera of sorts down the drain to take a look. This also helps them see exactly how large the mass is, whatever it is, and the extent of the damage it has already done to your pipes.
Once this has been established, the next step is to either dissolve the root with chemicals or use a mechanical routing tool that chops up the root into smaller pieces, making it easier to remove. However, if the root has done so much damage that the plumber needs to replace the pipe, then yes, he will need to do some digging, and the cost will be significantly higher.
The bright side is that, like anything else, putting in a replacement is a better investment. New pipes are made to last longer, holding their own against nature for much longer than the pipes you had in the ground previously. So, while the expense can hurt at first, it certainly pays off in the longer to upgrade.
Are Tree Roots Turning Your Underground Plumbing into a Nightmare Scenario? Call Ambient Edge!
You certainly don’t want just anyone digging up your plumbing unless he knows what he’s doing. With Ambient Edge, you never have to have that concern. We have years of experience dealing with and fixing problems just like yours. Plus, if you’re unsatisfied for any reason, we offer all our customers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you truly have nothing to lose.
If you believe you have a tree root invasion, give us a call at 888-230-894, and let’s get started. You can also fill out the contact form on our website. This is definitely not the kind of issue you want to ignore, so give us a call today, and let’s get to work!