Holy Moly Roots!

Tree roots are inevitable for growing in your sewer line the key is how to maintain them and control them.

Main Sewer Line Heavy Tree Roots

Main Sewer Line Heavy Tree Roots

No two sewer lines are the same. Sewer lines have several different types of pipe, they age all at their own pace, and a huge factor is how the ground moves/shifts around the pipe and land. Some pipes clog up more often and some never clog at all. Maybe the reason that some sewer lines don’t clog is because they are newer and maintained better. Older sewer lines are going to be worse then a brand new main sewer line. Sewer lines replacement is extremely expensive to install so drain sewer pipes that break are most often just repaired in short sections, rather then replacing an entire line.

Main sewer lines are always forgotten about cause there not seen. Things that aren’t seen or talked about are basically like they don’t exist. Take a minute and think about everything you throw down your drains. For example some drains that we use on a daily basis is your tubs, sinks, showers, toilets. These are places we dump debris down that travel into your main sewer line. If debris doesn’t travel through your sewer line and into the city sewer, you can imagine that your line will plug up eventually and cause a mess in your home.

What I meant before about all sewer lines being different is because some are clay, some cast iron, some transite, other newer ones are put together with PVC pipe. Sewer lines that have root growth need to be maintained and cleaned more often then sewer pipes that don’t have root growth. On the other hand though sewer lines that have low spots, dips or sagging lines have other issues as well. Low, sagging sewer line have issues of debris that sit and build up which makes sewer lines plug up and cause a mess in your home. Sewer lines that have separated pipes also get blocked up due to debris that catches up on rough edges.

Bottom line if you own a property have your main sewer line cleaned and maybe even inspected to see the currant condition of your sewer line. Get your questions answered and stop guessing about your plumbing. We have technology that can clean and camera your line.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thick roots retrieved from one of our sewer lines

We enjoy showing on our website roots that we extract from our clients sewer lines. This client in particular had another company telling him to excavate for thousands of dollars. This client ended up calling around and hired us to come out and try cleaning his line for a couple hours before digging was the only other option.

We ended up pulling huge roots in the size shown before. This line has been neglected and now will be maintained yearly. Roots damage sewer pipes and by cleaning yearly we slow down the root growth in your sewer line. Who has the money to excavate anyways?

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What is a Soil Stack?

Another name for a soil stack is called the main stack line which serves purpose for removing water and waste from the entire house.

Soil Stack

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Can I have roots in my sewer line if I have no tree’s?

The bottom line about roots is that they spread and go in every which direction. It’s true, roots from that big maple tree across the street will eventually grow roots in your sewer line. The only way to remove roots from your sewer line is to maintain cleaning once a year. Just like going to the dentist or doctor your sewer line needs attention as well. Roots grow in almost every sewer line.
When it comes time to replace your sewer line roots will grow through your new PVC pipe eventually. Where ever there’s flowing water roots will find a way to reach that point. Annual cleaning will reduce the amount of root growth and control further shifting of the pipe. People that are lucky enough and don’t have roots in their sewer line should still clean their sewer line every eighteen months. Sludge, debris and much more that we throw down our own pipes builds ups and clogs the sewer. Ever wonder where is goes? Think again it all goes through that one pipe to the city main.
Having a professional drain technician clean your line with blades will scrap all the debris and scale that builds up and hardens around your pipe. Scale closes up the circumference of your pipe over time. Waiting until your basement floods, ruining your personal possessions, and backs up, can mean your pipe has been damaged already. Having a damaged pipe might mean more costly and repair work might be necessary. Hire a company that’s been around over thirty five years. Call Hiawatha Plumbing and set up an appointment for cleaning today!

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