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4 Techniques to Get Rid of Tree Roots in Sewer Lines

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Roots that grow in pipes and are not cured immediately could lead to a major blockage in your sewer lines. Problem as such must be taken into action before it can cause to severe damages in your house and pockets. This could possibly be costly and disturbing. However, there are existing methods to get rid of these root problems. Listed below are some techniques in getting rid of roots in sewer lines.

PHYSICAL CONTROL. This can be achieved by pipe replacement, pipe relining and tree removal.

  • Pipe replacement is done by digging up damaged sewage pipes and replacing it. Replacement pipes must contain airtight joints that could avoid root infestation. This process could probably be costly, can damage properties and disturb traffic. This is efficient for collapsed sewer pipes.
  • Pipe relining is a no dig process. It causes less destruction of properties compared to pipe replacement since it uses a machine. However, this process is quite expensive than pipe replacement. There is also a possibility of having roots inside pipes again leaving you no choice but to have chemical control.
  • Tree removal is probably the best solution you could ever make since roots come from trees. When you remove trees, you must also include tree stumps and must chemically treat roots with a basal application herbicide.


  • In installing sewage pipes, a careful inspection of the area or tree selection when planting must be done. This is to avoid roots growing in sewer lines. Home owners must think of the possible root problems they may encounter in the future. They must avoid trees such as willow trees since they grow fast and got long-reaching roots.

CHEMICAL ROOT CONTROL. This technique uses root control products that are herbicides such as chemicals that are used to plants. This is quite dangerous and could possibly be ineffective. Plants are destroyed by herbicides through contact or systemic action.

  • Contact action uses herbicides that could kill plants instantly and could lead to localised reaction at the centre of the plant.
  • Systematic action uses herbicides that roots absorb which carries agents by the plant. This would take for about two or more weeks to be effective.

MECHANICAL CONTROL. This process is done through the use of tools or materials that can trim and get rid of roots in sewer lines. Blocked pipes are normally a municipal emergency which needs an immediate mechanical device to relieve the blockage. One dominant benefit of this is it immediately cures a blocked line. The disadvantage of this control is it lacks long term efficiency and roots if trimmed tends to grow again but heavier. Mechanical control functions best when it is joined with a chemical control.

  • Coil rodders and drilling machines are flexible steel cables driven manually. It twists auger or blades over sewage lines. These are commonly used by plumbers to cure blocked lines from the house to the main line. A device as such is barely used in large main pipes.
  • Rodding machines use flexible steel rods that have corkscrews, blade cutters or rotating augers in small pipes measuring about 12 inches in diameter.
  • Sewer Jetter is also known as a flush truck, flusher, jet rodder, water jetter, jet truck, hydraulic sewer cleaner and jetting machine. It is a high-pressure water pump that has a water tank and hose reel and uses a ½ inch to 1-inch diameter jetter hose.
  • Winches, also known as drag machines or bucket machines are power operated winches that pull brushes that have a porcupine-like buckets and scraper toward the sewer pipe. This is typically applied to lines with a large diameter wherein jetters are too small to do the job. Winches can get rid of debris with large volumes.