How to Get Rid of Roots in Your Pipes

Roots in a Cracked Plumbing Pipe.

Ways to Get Rid of Roots in Plumbing Pipes

One of the most common issues for plumbing pipes – given that they are located under the ground – is running into blockage from tree roots. Why are tree roots such a common problem for underground pipes? Very simply put, they have a vast amount of nutrients, oxygen, and water that the roots are naturally attempting to seek out.

This can happen when vapor that is in the plumbing pipes manages to escape, making its way into the soil outside. From there, the roots grow toward that moisture that the pipe has allowed to escape. When the roots run into the pipes, they can and will find a small hole or crack in the pipe and then grow into that gap. This will then widen the hole that is in the pipe and make the problem all the worse.

But it doesn’t stop there. Once it is inside the pipe, the root will continuously grow and become something of a stop gap for things like waste and toilet paper, which can cause blockages in the plumbing pipes. Eventually, this will turn into a complete blockage that will cause a huge mess and turn into a costly fix.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to make sure that your piping is protected from tree roots growing into those gaps and creating larger issues.

Chemicals Provide Flexibility

Chemicals have the ability to soak into the soil, doing the dirty work for you instead of making you have to do any digging. Something like copper sulfate can commonly be used to kill tree roots and this can be done without actually damaging the tree itself.

You can find copper sulfate at your local garden supply store and all it takes is a pouring a half cup of the copper sulfate into your toilet and flushing until all of the crystals have emptied from the bowl. It is important to note any warnings that are on the label. Contact with the crystals can be toxic and dangerous for you, so be aware of these issues before doing anything.

This process can protect the pipe by making the pipe itself, as well as the surrounding areas, a sort of “off-limits” area for tree roots.

Use an Auger

An auger, for those of you who are not familiar, comes with a rotating spiral head. This spiral head will snake down into the plumbing and then shear the roots that have already entered the pipe. It is a great way to clear out any blockages.

The unfortunate aspect to using an auger is that it will only shear the roots, it will not stop them from growing into the plumbing pipes. If you decide to use an auger, which is very cost effective, you will have to continuously implement this method anytime that you have a blockage or buildup in your pipes.

Try Digging Up the Roots

This is probably the least-recommended method of solving your root problem. That is because it takes a helluva lot of time and effort to dig up the roots. Also, it is usually done in a case where the plumbing pipes are too far gone to be fixed. So not only are you going through the massive amount of effort required to dig up the roots, but you will have to pay for the costly installation of replacement piping anyway. It is the ultimate worst-case scenario.

This is one of your last-ditch efforts because you would have to dig up your yard, which is something that is not done easily and takes quite a bit of time. Not only that, you have to deal with the costs that are associated with replacing that piping.

Try Using a Hydro Jetter

This is one of the more costly solutions on the list but one of the more easy solutions as well. A hydro jetter is a machine that uses high pressured water to clear out the blockages in your sewer or underground pipes. This requires no digging, no handling of dangerous chemicals and does not require constant implementation.

The high-pressure of the water will shear away the roots, clearing them from the damaged piping. Perhaps try using a hydro jetter as well as a chemical solution to clear out the roots and keep them away for good.

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As you can see, roots are a potentially huge issue for your underground pipes and can lead to a number of things from troublesome damage to complete replacement of your sewer lines and plumbing pipes. Addressing these issues is imperative so that you don’t have to deal with any more costly measures.

Finding the right method for you is a matter of trial and error and there are certain methods that work better for some than others. These are just a few methods that have proven effectiveness when clearing out those troublesome roots. If you want professional root removal for your plumbing pipes in Friendswood and League City, TX, please call Ingram Plumbing Co. at (281) 461-8117! We can offer clogged drain cleaning and other plumbing services to remove those pesky roots from your pipes.