Monday, March 22, 2010

How did the roots get inside your sewer pipes to begin with?

Simply put household sewer pipes used to be constructed out of clay, concrete and fiber pipe which were not water tight like materials such as PVC, prevalent in today’s new home construction.  The older materials had deficiencies in pipe seams allowing thirsty tree roots to invade the hairline crack – quite similar to weeds that find a way to grow throughout breaks in a concrete driveway but tree roots are much more invasive.

Tiny hair like roots cultivate into stronger, more penetrating forces that, if left untreated, can eventually break pipe joints apart completely.  Those fractures and crevasses pose a more threatening problem of raw sewage leaking into the ground and leave an open gateway for roots to enter.  If this happens, you surely will have bigger sewage issues to deal with – like toilets backing up all over your bathroom floors.


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