If you need to de-root a plumbing drain line in Arizona or Nevada, you may start to wonder when you are putting in more effort than is truly worth it. How can you know for sure that the process you are undertaking is still working? First, it is important to know how other plumbing companies can use a situation like roots in your pipes to defraud you. This way, you know how not to waste your time (and money) before you even start.
With a company like Ambient Edge, you never have to worry about a scam. We pride ourselves on our professionalism and our experience so that we can bring you the very best in plumbing service. Our licensed technicians arrive within the hour from when they call, and they strive to leave your home as clean as they found it. If you need help with a drain line issue, give us a call at 888-230-8941.
How to Tell if You Have a Tree Root Problem
There are a few ways to tell if tree roots may be growing into your drain lines. See if you recognize any of these three S’s:
- Smell – Do you consistently smell eggs when you leave your house? This may be a sign that tree roots are damaging your plumbing.
- Sinkholes – Have you noticed random sinkholes popping up in your yard? They may be trying to tell you something.
- Seriously Healthy Trees – Do the trees in your yard seem to be positively thriving? This could be because they’re dragging the extra moisture from your sewer lines.
How De-Rooting Actually Works
Tree roots can grow through your drain line for a variety of reasons. They may have found a crack in the pipe and are exploiting it for moisture. Or they can create damage of their own when they go looking for moisture during a drought or particularly dry patch.
To properly diagnose a rooting problem, a plumber will snake a camera into your pipe and take a look. This way, he can determine exactly what he is looking at, whether it is a root or some other issue, and how much damage needs repairing. He can then approach the situation in one of two ways:
- He can attempt to break up the root by either dissolving it with chemicals or chopping it up with a special tool that goes into the pipe.
- In a more serious situation, he can dig up the yard and replace the pipe.
Of course, if he needs to replace the pipe, then there’s no point in de-rooting the drain line. An experienced professional will know before he even tries to unclog the pipe whether it’s worth doing, or if he needs to break the bad news to the customer that the pricier, messier option is the better one.
Know a Scam When You See One
If the process does not play out similarly to the one listed above, then the plumber may be trying to scam you. Here are some signs that will alert you right off the bat to a plumber who is being less than honest with you:
- He’ll ask you questions that have nothing to do with your plumbing, such as asking a woman “are you divorced?” to try to take advantage of her financially.
- He goes on and on about how much you need a liner, which has proven to be more expensive and less effective over time.
- He’ll show you “proof” of your damaged pipes that has nothing to do with the problem.
That last one may be more difficult for an average homeowner to decipher if he or she doesn’t know what to look for with a rooting problem. Therefore, it is important to do your homework before you call, including researching the potential problem, as well as the company you intend to call.
Are You Experiencing a Rooting Problem? Call Ambient Edge, a Company You Can Trust!
At Ambient Edge, you never have to worry about someone trying to take advantage of your situation. We have the experience and know-how to tell you right away exactly what the problem is and how we intend on fixing it. We give you the option to say no, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee if you say yes. We also provide emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for any plumbing emergency you may have, big or small.
Call us at 888-230-8941 to speak with a caring member of our team, who will schedule a service appointment for you when it is most convenient for your schedule. In the event of a non-emergency, you can also submit your information via our contact form on our website, and someone will contact you shortly thereafter.
Tree roots growing into your drain line can have catastrophic consequences. If you suspect this is happening in your home, don’t wait – call Ambient Edge now!