The Constant Threat Roots Pose to Your Sewer Line

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When most people flush their toilet or run the sink, they are not thinking about their sewer line. However, this easy-to-overlook part of your plumbing system can unexpectedly turn your home into a disaster zone when it becomes clogged with roots. Keep reading to learn more about the damage roots can cause to your sewer line and how to respond to a sewer line backup .

Why Do Roots Love Sewer Lines?
Plants need water to survive, and when they discover a pipe full of water, they want to tap into that supply. Generally, roots invade sewer lines where there is already a crack; the plant finds the moist soil around the crack and follows the water into the pipe. Sound sewer lines will not often have root problems, but cracked sewer lines can become overgrown with roots until they are no longer able to drain water and sewage to the main line. You can’t see a root growing into your sewer line, and often won’t know there is a problem until the symptoms become evident above ground. You may notice standing water or unpleasant smells coming from sewer access points on your property. As the clog becomes worse, your toilets may stop working or overflow.

What Do I Do If My Sewer Line Backs Up?
When a sewer back-up happens, you need to call a plumber right away. The plumber can insert a camera into the line and identify the location and cause of the clog. He or she can then decide how best to clear the problem. In the case of roots, plumbers often use a plumbing snake to access your sewer line and break apart roots. They may also use hydrojetting to flush clogs out with high-pressured jets of water.

If your sewer line is backed up, call All Plumbing, Inc. of Arlington at (703) 525-7973. We can diagnose and clear your sewer problem, and we can perform sewer line repair and replacement. Customers can also ask us about drain cleaning and home plumbing services. 

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