October 2015

Removing Tree Roots from Sewer Pipes

by raleigh plumbers on October 26, 2015

As documented in our previous blog post on October 15, one of the main reasons for a sewer backup is when they become clogged by tree roots. Following up on that article, in which the Raleigh NC plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing helped you to identify and respond to the issue of tree roots causing a blockage in your sewer pipes, this continuation of that article will take you through what needs to be done in Removing Tree Roots from Sewer Pipes.

Removing Tree Roots from Sewer Pipes

In our initial post dealing with tree roots in your sewer pipe, we began by documenting different ways in which they can end up in your pipes and what can be done at home to try and maintain the pipes or identify the issue before it becomes disastrous. The actual causes of roots growing in these pipes and signs to help you know that they may be causing a blockage were also detailed in that first entry. Noticing a slower running drain, a “gurgling” sound from your toilet, and wet areas around floor drains or a washing machine were all cited as ways to identify this issue before it becomes anymore of a problem than it needs to be.

On top of the questions answered on this topic and the information provided, two other major questions seem to be the one’s asked when dealing with the issue of roots in a sewer pipe in regards to if the material the sewer pipe is made of would make it more or less susceptible to root intrusion and lastly, what is the process in Removing Tree Roots from Sewer Pipes?

Are Some Sewer Pipes More or Less Susceptible to Root Damage Than Others?

While there are certainly some pipe materials that are more resistant to roots penetrating and entering the sewer pipe, eventually over time all are susceptible to this problem. Different types of ABS and PVC pipes, which have a lower number of joints and are more tightly fitted than many others would initially be less likely to be intruded upon by tree roots. On the contrary, vitrified clay pipes would be an example of a pipe material that would be more susceptible to root issues. Regardless, as time passes natural causes such as  ground settling, freezing and thawing, surface vibrations and even nearby construction make it so  all types of sewer pipes can be in danger of seeing root intrusion.

What Needs to be Done in Removing Tree Roots From Sewer Pipes?

In most cases, the method which is used in removing roots from sewer pipes is an auger or a water powered method, much like the Raleigh NC professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing’s “hydro-jetting” method. This innovative and unparralled method used by the pros at Poole’s uses high pressure jets of water to remove build-up and debris in clearing sewer lines. Additionally, by “hydro-jetting,” you can removes all debris, roots included without tearing up your yard or pavement.

If you feel that you are having issues with roots in your sewer pipes, and need removal or are interested in having the most trusted name in Raleigh plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing come out to rectify the issue before it becomes a more messy and costly one, you can check into their hydro-jetting service and contact them at www.poolesplumbing.com.




Identify and Rectify: How tree roots end up in your sewer pipe

by raleigh plumbers on October 15, 2015

One of the main reasons for a sewer backup is when they become clogged by tree roots. While this may seem like an unavoidable occurrence and even unexplainable, the most trusted name in Raleigh NC plumbers, Poole’s Plumbing has several helpful tips that can expand your knowledge on not only How tree roots end up in your sewer pipe, but also the causes of the problem and some pointers on what your responsibilities are and how to deal and maintain your pipes to avoid severe damage.

How tree roots end up in your sewer

How tree roots end up in your sewer pipe

Tree roots in your pipes can cause sewer backups and damage, causing many to ask, “How do they even end up there?” One of the ways the roots end up there, is obviously through either a cracked or loose joint in the sewer line. In many municipalities, roughly 50 percent of tree roots citywide enter through defective lateral sewer pipes. This is the underground piping that runs from your residence or place of business to the city’s sewer main. Maintenance of your own lateral sewer pipe and keeping it in good condition is usually your responsibility up to the point where it ties into the main, which at that point it is the cities. To reduce overflows and guard against damage, inspecting the lateral pipe and if there is an issue repairing or replacing in a timely manner can help to avoid major damage.

What actually causes the roots to grow in sewer pipes?

This is certainly a question that most would ask, and the simplest answer is that the water vapor, which escapes through either a loose joint or a crack in a pipe attracts the roots. Due to this, tree roots inch towards and eventually will penetrate through any possible opening in a sewer pipe and actually feed off the water once inside, helping them to grow. This can even happen during the cold winter months when you may think a tree simply lies dormant, but regardless of the time of year, once inside the pipe, the root will continue to grow until it fills the pipe, leading to backups created by a mass formed from different materials unable to pass through such as, paper, grease, and other solid matter. In the case of a very large root, combining with the mass, this is what leads to a clogged sewer. If the issue does get to the point where your sewer is clogged, you will need to call an expert like the Raleigh NC plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing to rectify the problem and make sure that the roots are removed as well as checking for structural damage in your sewer pipes.

Signs that your sewer may be blocked due to roots that you can look for

Regardless of How tree roots end up your sewer, if you suspect there is some type of blockage, you should address the problem immediately and call the Raleigh NC plumbers at Poole’s, as once a root has entered the pipe and begins growing, it is just a matter of time before there is complete blockage and eventually a rupture in the pipe. Signs that a sewer may be experiencing a blockage by tree roots are:

  • Slow flowing drains
  • Gurgling sounds from your toilet bowl
  • Wet areas around floor drains and washing machine

Blockages in your sewer drain due to roots can lead to major plumbing issues and knowing why and How tree roots end up in your sewer is the first step to avoiding a major plumbing disaster. For more information and instruction on this issue, check back for our second part explaining how to identify and what to do in the case of sewer blockage due to tree roots at the “plumbing blog” at www.poolesplumbing.com


As you or your loved ones increase in age, there are inevitably certain aspects of every day living that can become more challenging. Vision, strength, and mobility are all things that over time can deteriorate, making certain products, especially in your bathroom, that were once an afterthought more difficult to use, and even dangerous. With the “Safe and Accessible” line of American Standard Plumbing Products, that can be installed by the Raleigh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing, you can take a major step toward achieving the piece of mind that you or your loved ones deserve and eliminate any possible safety concerns, allowing independent living for both young and old at a reasonable cost.

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American Standard’s Optum VorMax High Efficient ‘Right Height’ Toilet

With their “Versatile Design Solutions,” American Standard Plumbing Products that can be installed by your most trusted Raleigh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing create a comforting, user-friendly bathroom, without compromising style or safety. Among the American Standard Plumbing Products to allow worry-free independence in the bathroom are the many safe and easy faucet options, that allow easy operation without the need to grip, “Right Height” toilets with a rim height closer to that of a regular chair that allows for safer and more comfortable use, or their walk-in baths with great accessibility for those with limited mobility and easy turn lever handles and a handshower making accidents less likely whether the user has arthritis or just slippery soaped up hands.

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American Standard 31X51 Gelcoat Walk-In-Tub

For “Multi-Generational Living Solutions” in the bathroom, there are also numerous American Standard Plumbing Products that can make life easier on both the little ones and the older family members you worry about having some type of accident in the bathroom. The “pull-out” step feature for the kids on their “Portsmouth Vanity” for example allows children to better reach the sink when using and conveniently slides away when not in use. Both young and old can also benefit from ADA Compliant tub, featuring a much lower step over height to get into the tub and a seat installed as well.

Accessible Living is yet another goal in the creation of the “Safe and Accessible” American Standard Plumbing Products line. On top of the other easier options listed above, the “seated safety” shower models, give you a unit that is fully open on one side, with a low threshold and built-in side “grab bars” to ensure safety and security in the shower.

To learn more about all of the American Standard Plumbing Products that the Raliegh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing can install that can help to aid in the independent living for all ages in the bathroom, visit there official site at americanstandard-us.com.