If your home plumbing backs up repeatedly then this could be a sign that you have tree roots growing into your sewer line. You have a few ways of dealing with this problem: 

  • Remove the roots mechanically: You may have the option of cutting through tree roots that have made their way into the pipes. A professional sends a mechanical drill designed specifically for this purpose down the sewer line to chop the roots so they flow out of the pipe. This is only a temporary fix – the roots will grow back – but it allows your pipes to flow freely until you pursue a more permanent solution.
  • Remove the roots chemically: Following mechanical root removal, one option is to kill the roots with chemicals. However, this can be dangerous, so you’ll want to rely on a professional’s help if you go this route.
  • Verify the problem with a video camera inspection: If you’re unsure whether tree roots are the problem, or you want to pinpoint the extent of the issue, call a professional plumber for help. Mr. Rooter Plumbing uses advanced video equipment to inspect the sewer line and identify potential damage to the pipes.
  • Repair your sewer line: If the damage caused by tree roots is severe enough, we might recommend trenchless sewer repair. This is when we fix the damaged pipe by lining it with a durable, seamless product that essentially creates a new pipe inside the old one. Small access holes are all that is required, allowing you to skip the mess and expense of digging trenches. Or this is when pipe is replaced by lateral pipebursting technology. Splitting head and hydraulic puller are used to replace pipe between two excavations.

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