Removing Tree Roots from Sewer Pipes

Removing Tree Roots from Sewer Pipes

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