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Sewer Line Repairs: When Tree Roots Invade

Sewer Line Repairs: When Tree Roots Invade

It’s that time of year again… root invasion time, when Cincinnati homeowners see the most damage to their sewer lines.

Now that it’s fall and the weather has changed, the trees are looking for new sources of nutrition. The root system gets more active than it has been throughout the spring and summer months, and begins looking for nutrients underground.

Since your sewer lines are warmer than the ground around them, moist, thanks to their content, and full of nutrients, the tree roots tend to be drawn to them. Once the roots have gotten into your sewer lines, they can cause big problems for your home’s pipes and drainage.

The good news is that the licensed plumbers here at BEST Plumbing Service of Cincinnati offer many types of root removal and sewer line repairs, including:

  • Hydrojetting
  • Blade root removal
  • Cable root removal
  • Chemical treatments
  • Pipe Patch

The Pipe Patch is a very affordable alternative to replacing out a section of your sewer lines. It is used when roots are getting into particular areas of your sewer lines, and can patch those specific areas, without the need for a full excavation and all the mess that comes with it.

A two-inch section of resin-coated woven fiberglass, applying the Pipe Patch to your sewer lines costs, on average, about ¼ what you would have paid for an excavation.

If you’ve had root problems with your sewer lines before, this might be a much cheaper alternative to keep your lines safe this season.

How to Tell if Tree Roots Are in My Sewer Lines

Not sure if your pipes have been affected by roots? Here are some warning signs to look out for:

  • Gurgling noises from the toilet
  • Slow-draining drains in sinks and tubs
  • Complete blockage, no water draining

You’ll notice it worsening over time, starting with some strange noises. It will then start to take longer to drain your bathtub, or for the water in your sink to drain out. Eventually, if you haven’t called a plumber yet and gotten the blockage removed, it will get stopped up completely by the roots and then nothing will drain anymore.

Make the BEST choice and call BEST Plumbing Service of Cincinnati at the first sign of a root problem. Our licensed plumbers will help keep your lines flowing all year long.

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