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Getting Tree Roots Out of Drain & Sewer Lines in Philadelphia

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Have you heard of root intrusion before? This occurs when tree or shrub roots are attracted to the moisture coming from your sewer and drain lines, and begin to grow towards them. The wastewater in sewer lines acts as a kind of fertilizer for tree roots, causing them to grow around and even into the lines. The end result is a nasty blockage and leaks in your sewer system.

Although root intrusion is an extremely common problem, it can be very costly and frustrating to deal with. Fortunately, TLC Drain & Sewer offers tree root sewer repair in Philadelphia that’s both efficient and affordable. Our skilled technicians are equipped with the latest tools and best technology in order to get the job done ASAP. And if you do need to replace your sewer lines, we will guarantee our work for 50 years, so you never have to worry about whether you are getting a good deal. If you think you may be dealing with root intrusion on your property, don’t hesitate to act. Call our licensed professionals at TLC Drain & Sewer, and let us help you get rid of root problems for good.

To request an estimate, call now at (215) 639-7473.

How Do I Know If I Have Roots in My Philadelphia Sewer Line?

When it comes to root intrusion, speed is the name of the game. Oftentimes, tree roots can be dealt with fairly quickly and easily. The longer you wait to handle root intrusion, however, the more likely you are to experience a toxic wastewater spill, resulting in costly property damage and causing a hazard for yourself and your family. Make sure your household is always protected, and contact TLC Drain & Sewer to see if you are experiencing root intrusion in Philadelphia.

The most common signs of tree roots in your sewer system include:

  • Backups: When tree roots infiltrate your sewer system, they will prevent water from flowing through your line properly, causing slow drains and backups in your home. You may even experience a backup where there were roots removed during the sewer cleaning process. If this happens in your home, call a professional to deal with the problem using a sewer snake (a long cable attached to an electric motor that is used to help clear sewer and drain clogs.) With the right length, diameter, and attachment for the cable, you can clear most root intrusions.
  • Nasty Smells: If you have detected a persistent sewage smell around your drains, in your yard, or elsewhere on your property, it could be because of a root intrusion. Hire a professional to snake your drains, especially if backups have occurred as well. In addition to sewer snakes, we may be able to get rid of some root intrusion using hydrojetting, which shoots a high-pressure stream of water into your lines to scrub them clean and thoroughly pulverize the toughest obstructions—including tree roots.
  • An Increase in Animal/Rodent Activity: Rodents and insects are naturally attracted to sewage. An increase in pests around your property can be a sign you are dealing with a leak related to root intrusion. Watch out for other indicators, and make sure to call a professional for an inspection if you are dealing with a pest problem.
  • Wet Spots in Your Yard: Wet spots in your yard are an extremely common sign of root intrusion. When sewer lines start to leak, that wastewater may seep into your yard or landscaping to create lush, green spots. These overgrown, moist patches should definitely not be ignored. If wastewater is leaking into your grass, chances are you will not be able to get rid of the problem with simple snaking, or even hydrojetting, so call our drain and sewer experts at TLC Drain & Sewer right away.

If you believe you are dealing with root intrusion on your property, TLC can perform avideo inspection to gather comprehensive information about your sewer line. With our cutting-edge, camera line inspections, we can tell you where the problem is, how deep, and what condition your sewer lines are in. Video inspections are generally performed after a sewer clog occurs, so call a technician for professional sewer and drain clog removal/video inspections at the first sign of tree roots.

How Do You Replace Pipes After Root Intrusion?

As a homeowner, it is essential to find the right contractor for any sewer replacement job. One of the most important qualifications for a contractor is the equipment they are using. That’s why TLC Drain & Sewer offers a variety of options and different solutions for addressing tree roots. Our qualified sewer and drain contractors will work with you to determine the best option for your property, so your commercial or residential sewer system is once again root-free and completely operational.

TLC offers a few different options when it comes to sewer replacement following root intrusion:

  • Conventional Excavation: Conventional sewer excavation requires the use of heavy machinery to dig from your foundation wall to the curb line. Once a trench is created that is the same length and depth as your sewer line (at least three feet wide, in most cases,) we will be able to access the line easily and make necessary repairs and replacements.
  • CIPPL: “Cured In Place Pipe Lining,” also known as trenchless lining, is a much less invasive process than conventional sewer excavation, generally requiring no more than one to two small holes being dug on your property. These holes will serve as access points to insert the lining equipment. A bladder that is covered in resin will be inserted into the sewer line, and then the resin will then be cured using air or water. As the resin cures, it attaches itself to the walls of the existing damaged pipe, acting as the structure, and filling most cracks or voids.
  • Pipe Bursting: Pipe bursting is also a less invasive process than conventual, trench sewer repairs, and can also be performed by digging only one to two holes in your yard. One of these holes will be the access point for the “bursting head,” which is attached to a steel cable and inserted into the existing, damaged pipe. The bursting head is then pulled through the damaged pipe, and out the other hole in the ground, breaking apart your old piping while also laying new HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) pipe.
  • Water Line Slitting: Water line slitting is another type of trenchless technology, which uses a sharp head attached to a long cable to slice your existing pipes, clearing the way for new, replacement ones. It can be an extremely effective way to get rid of tree roots, as a sturdy water slit should be able to cut through roots and more.

Hire TLC Drain & Sewer to Get Rid of the Roots in Your Philadelphia Sewer Line

Repairing or replacing a sewer line that has been compromised by an intruding tree root is a complicated process, which is why it’s important to hire a company that knows what they are doing and is backed by years of experience. Fortunately, our industry professionals at TLC Drain & Sewer are full-service contractors, specializing in drain and sewer cleaning and repair for residential and commercial customers in the tri-state area and beyond. Since 2011, our Master Plumbers have been going above and beyond to provide exceptional service at honest, upfront rates. And we are so committed to being here for all your drain and sewer needs, our qualified technicians even offer 24/7 emergency repairs. Remember, for tree roots and all your other drain and sewer-related issues, the TLC guys are your go-to experts in Philadelphia.

You do not want to compromise the health of yourself and your family by refusing to have issues like root intrusion dealt with properly. For more information or to schedule a service with us today, call (215) 639-7473, or contact us through our website.

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