Dealing with Tree Roots and Septic Tanks

Tree root infestation in septic systems can be a big problem. Any crack or fissure in a sewer line sends signals to tree roots that they'll follow. Tendrils resembling spider webs creep down into the cracks and send out roots, which have the potential to grow as large as the sewer line itself. Here are a few things we think you should know about tree roots:

Cut Tree Roots Mechanically

One of the most common techniques is to use a mechanical auger. The mechanical method of root removal involves sending a powered sewer auger down a sewer line. The rotating head is covered in teeth much like a reciprocating saw blade. The rotating action cuts the roots, clearing them, but they will start growing back almost immediately.

Chemical Tree Root Removal

There are special chemicals designed to kill a tree's root structure so it doesn't grow back. Copper sulfate septic treatments are the most common. This method is especially effective as it creates a poison barrier within the soil that kills the tree roots before they can grow into the pipe. Treatments that include foaming agents have the added advantage of coating the entire pipe, saturating the roots that grow from the top as well as the bottom.

Remove Tree Roots With a Hydro Jetter

An effective, but potentially expensive, way of clearing sewer lines is with a hydro jetter. This machine uses a pump and pressurized water. After the hydro jetter does its job, the sewer line can be flushed with a chemical to kill any roots still present.

Dig Up Invasive Tree Roots

Sometimes a sewer line can't be cleaned or cleared with chemicals, a hydro jetter, or an auger if it’s been damaged too badly. To assess the extent of the damage, consider investing in a camera that records the inside of the line. A camera system allows a technician to show the homeowner exactly what needs to be done to correct the problem.

JCN Plumbing is a leading plumbing company in Miami, in the video camera inspection service. We have the best equipment and a trained team of expert technicians. If you suspect that there are tree roots that might be causing problems to your plumbing and you live in Miami, you should contact us.

For more information and free estimates, callĀ (305) 770-6860.