How to Get Tree Roots Out of Sewer Line

There are a few things more annoying than a slow or clogged sewer line, and one of the most common culprits of this problem is tree roots. But don’t worry; you can get rid of those pesky tree roots and keep your sewer line flowing smoothly.

What Causes Tree Roots in Sewer Lines?

There are many reasons why tree roots end up in sewer lines. It could be because the trees are growing too close to the sewer line, the sewer line is cracked or damaged, or there is a blockage in the line that the tree roots are trying to get through. Whatever the reason, tree roots in sewer lines are a very common problem.

How to Remove Tree Roots from Sewer Lines

Use a DIY Method

One way is to use a DIY method, like pouring salt down the drain or using a root killer. However, these methods are not always effective and can actually damage your sewer line. Therefore, it’s best to take the help of a professional for this.

Use a Rooter Machine

One of the most common and effective ways to remove tree roots from sewer lines is to use a rooter machine. This special machine clears out tree roots and debris from sewer lines. It works by spinning a cutting blade at high speed to cut through the tree roots and breaking them into small pieces.

Rooter machines can be rented from home improvement stores, or you can hire a professional plumber to do the job for you.

Hydro Jetting

Another way to remove tree roots from sewer lines is by hydro jetting. This process uses high-pressure water to blast away tree roots and other debris blocking the sewer line. Hydro jetting is a very effective way to remove tree roots, and it is also safe for your sewer lines.

Chemical Root Killers

If you don’t want to use a rooter machine or hydro jetting, you can try using chemical root killers. These chemicals ‌kill tree roots and other vegetation growing in your sewer lines. Chemical root killers are available at home improvement stores.

While you can do a few things yourself, the best way to prevent tree roots from growing in sewer lines, however, is by having a professional regularly inspect and clean the line.

Tree roots will naturally grow towards water sources, and the sewer line is an easy water source for roots to tap into. By trimming back any trees or shrubs near the sewer line from time to time, you can help prevent roots from growing into the line.

Clogged gutters can cause water to pool near the base of your home, which can lead to tree roots growing towards the moisture. Keep your gutters clean to prevent this from happening.

A root barrier is a physical barrier that prevents roots from growing into the sewer line. You can install a root barrier yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.

If tree roots have already grown into your sewer line, the best way to remove them is by using a professional plumber’s help. Plumbers have special tools to safely remove tree roots from a sewer line. Trying to remove tree roots yourself can damage the sewer line and cause more problems.

If you’re concerned about tree roots growing in your sewer line, call Sunrise Heating & Plumbing at 616-293-9326. Our professionals can inspect your sewer line and do what is needed to prevent tree roots from growing.