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Plumbing FAQ: How Do Tree Roots Cause Problems?

There are a lot of different things that can go wrong with your plumbing system. When your plumbing system is professionally designed and installed with high-quality materials, you can generally expect a pretty reliable performance from that system. However, there are certain problems that can develop with your plumbing system that are simply beyond your control.

The invasion of tree roots is one of the most common problems that homeowners really cannot plan for, and which few ever expect to encounter. Read on to learn more about the way in which tree roots can disrupt your plumbing in Bloomington, IL, and what you can do about it.

Tree Roots Are Thirsty

Like any other plant, trees depend upon water to live, grow, and thrive. Unlike the potted plants that you water regularly, though, trees and bushes on our outdoor property must fend for themselves. Sometimes they may be a bit more proactive in seeking out a water supply than we’d like.

Because water enters your home through a main water line, and wastewater is removed from the property via the sewer line, the trees and bushes on our properties may tap into these lines in order to access that water. Sometimes, small leaks or gaps at connections make the undertaking easy for the roots. In other cases, though, the tree roots are actually able to break into an undamaged pipe on their own. Whatever the case may be, these roots can cause serious problems once they’ve made their way in.

What Can Be Done?

Major blockages can develop when tree roots infiltrate your pipes. They can also do enough damage that your pipes may need to be replaced. In many instances, though, simply clearing the roots out of the pipe can solve the problem. Hydro jetting is one of the most effective ways in which to do so. By blasting through the blockages with highly pressurized water, we can get your pipes back in great working condition once again.

Schedule service with Pipeworks Inc. if you encounter any problems with your plumbing system. 


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