Worried About Tree Roots Destroying Your Sewer? Here's What You Need To Know

Posted on: 3 December 2014

If you have problems with tree roots constantly clogging up your sewer, be prepared for the eventual collapse of your sewer line. While it's an easy fix to snake out tree roots, it's not so easy to repair the line once they've caused it to collapse. Once your sewer line has collapsed, sewage seeps into your yard, or worse, it backs into your home. If you snake out the roots every few years, your problem may not be too bad, but if it is an annual thing, you may want to think about replacing your sewer before the roots totally destroy it. Here's what you should know about sewer replacement.

Your Sewer Line

As a homeowner, you are responsible for the portion of the sewer that runs from your home to the city's main line. Your sewer could be in any configuration. You might have a short, straight line. You might have a more complicated setup that has bends or that goes underneath a shed. Your sewer arrangement has a bearing on how you go about replacing it.

Dig Up The Old Line

If your sewer line is deep, or if it has sharp turns, you may have no choice but to dig a trench in your yard, so the old pipe can be pulled out and the new one installed. Having a trench dug in your yard is a messy undertaking that can ruin your lawn and landscaping. It may be possible for you to avoid it under the right conditions by using a trenchless sewer replacement method.

Thread A Liner Through The Old Pipe

With the trenchless method, the contractor threads a liner through the old pipe, so you essentially have a new sewer line without having to remove your old one. If your sewer has already collapsed, it might not be possible to use this method. However, if the collapsed portion isn't too severe, the contractor can insert a hook through the opposite end of the pipe to grab the liner and pull it through.

Get A Sewer Inspection

Since your sewer is underground, you can't really tell what is going on in there. Your first indication of a problem is when your toilet becomes slow to drain. One way to find out the condition of your sewer is to have an inspection. The contractor runs a camera through your line to look for cracks and signs of root damage. This visual inspection also helps the contractor find out how your sewer is situated under the ground.

If the inspection shows you have big cracks and crumbling, you may want to opt for the trenchless sewer replacement option while it is still possible to do so. At the very least, an inspection gives you warning that there is a big repair bill in your future. That's much better than calling a plumber when you have a clogged toilet and finding out you have to replace a crumbled sewer line to get your plumbing working again. For more information about sewer replacement, contact a company like Drain-O-Rooter.