Root intrusion is a real pain in the drain because it is the primary stage for sewer destruction. They can create so much trouble to the sewer line such as consistent clogging, broken sewer lines and even completely tearing them off. That is why lots of treatments are created to prevent root intrusion and homeowners are always ready to do these preventative ways no matter what it takes. In this way, we can be able to get rid of the troubles caused by root intrusion.
The treatments plumbing professionals have created, however, is categorised into three. They are known to be the physical control, the mechanical control and the chemical control. To give you more information about these three treatments, this article is specifically made to discuss them with you. Furthermore, it is also presented what these aforementioned controls offer to homeowners in order to avert root intrusion and avoid further damage to the system.
● Physical control
When your sewer lines are old enough to contain weak points in it, it would be very easy for the roots to penetrate. And when these roots have penetrated your sewer lines, what you can perform pertinent to the physical control category of root intrusion is to either replace your pipe, reline it or cut the roots to take them out of the system.
Relining your system is the best option though, because this method has been giving homeowners so much convenience when it comes to repairing their damaged pipes. This method will get rid of excessive digging which would lead to property destruction, too much time consumption and too many expenses for the high service rate because of the digging, the heavy equipment and its fuel and the restoration of the damaged property. With pipe relining method, you only need two access points of the harmed pipe and with that being said, you can be sure that the digging process would be reduced by up to 80 per cent. Thus, reducing the amount of damage to the property as well as their restoration and you don’t have to rent for heavy excavation equipment anymore. This process can last for only a few hours thus, you don’t have to worry about inserting them into your hectic schedule.
With pipe relining, you can make it sure that the outcome is strong enough to resist root intrusion without requiring you to spend too much.
● Mechanical control
Though this is not considered to be a preventative action to totally control and stop the growth of roots within the system, this can be one of the best options when the development of the roots in the system is going out of control. In this control, mechanical high-powered devices will be necessary to deal with the trouble and one of the most famous equipment in this method is the use of a hydro-jetter. This equipment can help shove all the present tree roots in the system and drain them all the way to the main sewer line. It releases a high water pressure which makes it impossible even for the strongest root to stay within the system. Aside from that, it will not only remove tree roots, it can remove all the present accumulations as well such as grease and fat build-up, lime scales and food leftovers making your pipe as good as new.
The pressure released by this cleaning equipment ranges up to 7, 000 to 60,000 psi. With that being said, homeowners can be guaranteed that their sewer line’s cleaning procedure is successful. However, other methods can be done as well such as the use of augers and cutter. But these methods have their own setbacks and that includes their limitations to only cut the infiltrated roots. When these roots grow again, they tend to be harder and tougher enough to cause further damage to the system.
● Chemical control
In this root control category, the use of chemical solutions is now involved. These chemicals would be used to control the growth of roots by killing it and can oftentimes eliminate the tree itself which it harmful to the environment. One of the most common chemicals utilised is copper sulphate. This chemical can help free your sewer system from tree roots thus, freeing it from troubles and problems. Most of the times, these chemicals are flushed down the toilet. However, there is a disadvantage in this procedure. The chemical won’t stay long in the system that is why its effectiveness is oftentimes questioned.