Tree Roots growing in clay pipeSummer is often a perfect time for home improvement. With a little extra daylight and hopefully some vacation time off, it’s an excellent time to focus on the housework that you and your family have been avoiding for months. With June right around the corner, it’s important to keep in mind some of the most commonly overlooked household chores that need to be completed: maintenance of the sewer lines. As something that is not visible to the eye, sewer lines are often neglected by homeowners, only gaining attention when the time is too late. This year, we encourage all Florida homeowners to pay special attention to their home’s sewer lines before it’s past the point of repair.

Root intrusion is one of the most serious types of damage that a sewer drainage system can face. Tree roots are strong and grow powerfully, often destroying structures all around them. In the case of tree root intrusion in sewer lines, the root typically penetrates a small hole in the pipe. Beginning slowly and then gaining speed, this tree root will eventually travel great distances underneath commercial and residential structure under the slab of property. This growth greatly threatens the sewer system’s ability to function properly.

More often than not, when the tree root penetrates the pipe line there is a hole, crack, or some type of separation within its structure. Now, the sewer system is not able to work the way it was constructed to as the roots are compromising the overall flow. The biggest threat, however, is the result of the root intrusion: moisture. Once moisture begins to leak into the piping system even more roots are attracted to this region. These tree roots seek the water that is released from the pipe and are drawn to the area, causing even more destruction and damage.

Tree roots breaking into a sewer line

Once this problem continues to grow, homeowners will need to contact a pipe repair company. Fortunately, vast technological strides have made the pipe repair and replacement process easier and more efficient than ever before. Using a structural lining, the sewer drainage pipe is lined to not only repair the current damages, but to prevent future damages from tree roots. The advanced pipelining process creates a “sleeve” inside of the pipe that becomes a seamless liner able to seal and eliminate all types of potential water leaks.

When all is said and done, pipe repair is far less of a headache today than it was a few decades ago. Nevertheless, homeowners must be proactive in recognizing issues like tree root intrusion within their piping system to avoid expensive repairs.