Sewage Line Root Intrusion – Photos of Inspection & Repair

See what sewage line root intrusion looks like and how your plumbing pipes are inspected and repaired through photos taken on the job by the plumbers at Ted & Bros. Plumbing in Anaheim, California.

What is root intrusion? How serious is it?

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.

Root growth in the sewer line will lead to a complete system blockage in which nothing will go down your drains or toilets. Before this point, you will notice some or all of the following signs:

  • Slow Drains – If one or two drains are slow, then the blockage is probably in those drains themselves. However, if most or all of the drains in your home start to drain slowly at the same time, then you should suspect tree root growth is to blame.
  • Poor Flushing – Your toilets may begin flushing only partially, or you may notice some sewage beginning to back up into the toilet after you flush.
  • Unpleasant Odors – Lingering sewage odors coming from your drains and toilets may indicate that sewage is sitting in your pipes rather than draining properly. Then again, you may just have soap buildup and grime coating the insides of your pipes. This is why it’s important to have a plumber come check your system rather than just assuming you have roots in your 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.