How to Eliminate Sewer Root Infestations for Good

As a homeowner or property owner, the last thing you want to find in your sewer and drain pipes is tree root infestations. These pesky invaders can cause extensive damage to your plumbing system and can even lead to leaking pipes and backups. In order to keep roots out of your drains for good, it’s important to understand how roots get into sewer and drain lines in the first place and why root infestations should be handled by professionals.

How Roots Get into Sewer & Drain Lines

Roots frequently get into sewer and drain lines because they are drawn to moisture. The inside of a drain is a nutrient-dense oasis for roots. To get there, roots enter through small cracks and joints in pipes before continuing to grow and expand. Once roots have access to your drains, they will cause clogs and blockages and, in some cases, can even break your sewer system. Potential early signs of root infiltration are slow drains, gurgling sounds, or foul odors coming from your plumbing.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s time to call professionals to check for root infestations.

Why Root Infestations Should be Addressed by Professionals

You may be tempted to remedy roots in sewer lines on your own, but it’s best for property owners to leave the root control to the professionals. Any attempt to remove roots from drain lines on your own risks the chance of causing further damage to your plumbing system and costly repairs in the long run. Our sewer and drain cleaning experts have the experience and necessary equipment to safely and effectively clear roots out of your drain, prevent further damage, and keep roots from growing back.

How to Keep Roots Out of Your Drains for Good

Rapid Flush uses multiple tools and methods to eliminate roots from drain lines, including video inspection cameras to see inside, high-pressure water jets to blast roots out, and a foaming chemical herbicide known as Vaporooter. 

Vaporooter is a municipal-grade herbicide that Rapid Flush is licensed to use. This unique product not only kills any root inside your drains, but it also eliminates roots outside of your pipes, up to 5-7 feet away. The best part is Vaporooter is environmentally safe and will not harm nearby trees or plants.

To ensure roots are gone for good, our team of experts follow up on every root control service 6 months after treatment. During this free follow-up, our team will televise the line again to confirm that roots haven’t grown back. In the rare event that roots are detected, Rapid Flush will apply a second dose of Vaporooter at no additional cost.

Drains that are located near live trees are at higher risk of root infestations, so it’s important to be proactive and get your plumbing system checked regularly. If you suspect roots have entered your drains, or if you’re experiencing clogs and backups, call Rapid Flush today. We’ll help your drains run smoothly again.

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