Tree root intrusion into sewer lines is an amazingly common problem. Tree roots naturally seek out the best source of moisture and are attracted to the limitless supply of wastewater found in sewer lines. Roots enter through any joints or gaps in between pipes.
As they draw moisture from the sewer line, these roots not only multiply but expand – which over time leads to structural decay of the pipe and eventual collapse. Contrary to popular belief, however, there are ways of permanently solving the problem without cutting down the tree.
Stages of Root Intrusion into Sewer Line
Stage 1: Early Intrusion
Roots find their way into a joint in the sewer line, attracted by readily available moisture and start to grow into the sewer line. At this stage, it can be hard to tell that there is an issue with the line.
Stage 2: Advanced Intrusion
Nourished by the moisture, tree roots in sewer lines begin to multiply and grow thicker. Solid waste such as toilet paper is caught up in the root ball to further block the line leading to backups and clogs.
If Stage 2 roots have progressed far enough, they cannot be cleared by mechanical rooters and will need advanced technology such as Flex Shaft Sewer & Drain Cleaning Cables (the high-speed cutting tool shreds the obstructive material blocking the pipe) or a permanent repair solution.
Stage 3: Collapse/Structural Failure
As tree root incursion continues to develop, the integrity of the pipe is weakened and eventually gives way to the weight of the soil above the line. Once the issue has progressed to structural failure, the only option to restore the line to a serviceable condition is through a permanent repair solution. For a hassle-free consult, contact us today at 763-464-3512
Sewer Line Repair Procedure & Options
Open the line & re-establish the flow
After speaking with you and locating your clean-out access, the first priority of work for Metro Earthworks will be to get your line flowing again. Using best-of-class technology as well as advanced technologies such as Flex Shaft Sewer & Drain Cleaning Cables-we can clear lines that conventional snaking services have difficulty with.
Video inspect the line
Slow and backed-up sewers are a symptom of a correctable problem with the sewer line. Metro Earthworks technicians will inspect your line and diagnose the cause of the problem – allowing you to actually see the issue.
Provide you with options and solutions
Getting your line running again is typically a temporary fix. Metro Earthworks goes beyond maintenance to provide you a free estimate with multiple options for a permanent solution and long-lasting maintenance options.
Trenchless Sewer Repair Technology
Metro Earthworks offers our Trenchless Sewer Line Repair Technology to Minneapolis, St. Paul, and its Surrounding Suburbs. Our cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology is one of the trenchless rehabilitation methods we use to repair existing sewer pipelines in the Twin Cities.
This technology is a jointless, seamless, pipe-within-a-pipe and we have the capability to rehabilitate pipes ranging in diameter from 3” to 10.” As one of the most widely used rehabilitation methods, CIPP has applications in water, sewer, gas, and chemical pipelines. For a hassle-free consultation, contact us today at 763-464-3512.
What are the benefits of Trenchless Sewer Repair?
Faster – trenchless sewer repair is fast because it doesn’t require extensive digging.
Maintaining Landscaping – a property’s landscaping is not damaged.
Environmentally Safer – does not require using dangerous chemicals.
Cost-Effective – faster work and less equipment lead to a lower cost.