Spring has come, the weather will get warmer. Trees will grow more and tree roots also will grow more, blocking the drain pipes in old houses.
Why do tree roots grow into old drain pipes? Ceramic (clay) drain pipes are joined together by cement mix. Over the time cement becomes porous, it does not provide anymore tight connection. Sometimes ceramic pipes become cracked. So the roots from nearby tree are able to grow inside the pipe, blocking it. Then when the toilet in the house or any other fixture is flushed, water cannot go through and backing up in basement, causing flood and property damage.
Old cast iron pipe is a stronger type, but into those pipes roots grow as well, either at the joint or through the crack in the pipe.
What can homeowners can do to prevent basement flooding caused by tree roots? If you have an old house and tree in front of it, it is important to find out if the drain pipe is free of tree roots. For that we use drain TV camera. This device allows us to see your pipe inside, all the way. Call us 647-660-5030 for drain TV camera inspection appointment.
We will show you your drain pipe on TV screen, find out what material pipe is made of and will give our recommendations about drain maintenance. If tree roots grow will be found, it is possible to clear roots by electric snake machine – and prevent sewer backup in your basement.
Also it is possible to replace damaged pipe section. We install new PVC pipe. This pipe sections are glued one into another, glue partially melts pipe pieces and fuses them together, making permanent tight connection, and through this connection tree roots will never be able to grow. The advantage of pipe replacement is obvious: even if we clear the roots, they will grow back again in old pipe. Sometimes it is necessary to snake drain every 3-4 months to keep drain clear, and this is a nuisance, also no one can predict how exactly roots will grow back, how much and how quickly. Therefore, pipe replacement is permanent solution. We give 30 years guarantee on new pipe installation.
We can also use such technologies an pipe bursting and pipe lining to install new pipe. Those are pipe replacement technologies that require minimum digging and prevent landscape in front of the house, but they have certain limitations.
Every house is unique. House is usually your biggest investment. That’s why you need drain and plumbing specialist like 24 Hours Plumber to take care of it. Visit our website www.24hoursplumber.com Call us 647 660 5030 for drain TV camera inspection and for all your plumbing needs.