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Sewage Backup From Tree Roots

A common issue that causes water damage to many homes is sewer backups. Many things can cause sewers to back up, but a big culprit is tree roots in the sewer pipes. Tree roots grow into sewer pipes and block the flow of waste causing it to clog. Tree roots typically present an issue in older homes where older, less sturdy piping was used. Newer homes have plastic pipes that make it more difficult for tree roots to penetrate.

There are some things you can do to remove tree roots from your sewer pipes. You can purchase a powder or chemical to put down your drains to kill tree roots. You can find this at your local hardware store. The problems with this method include damage to your tree or damage to your pipes if you don’t use the right amount. If tree root damage is extensive, it may not work at all.

Another option is renting an auger to clear the tree roots out. Like snaking out a drain, you’d be snaking out the pipe. Again, this machine can be found and rented at a local hardware store. If you’re not familiar with this machine, your efforts may not be successful. You need access to the drain and you need to know about where the clog is.

Your last option is to contact a professional to unclog the pipes. Depending on where the clog is, your city may take care of it for you. You can contact them to see if they offer that service. A professional will use a special camera to determine where the clog is and use an auger to clean it out. They may recommend new pipes if the problem is ongoing or if pipes are made of weaker materials that will continue to fail.

If sewage backup does occur, contact a Water Damage Company to take care of the damage. Sewer backups are very harmful to your health and pose a major safety issue. This isn’t water you should be cleaning up on your own because of these hazards. Our water damage cleanup professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today for a free estimate!

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