Tree roots that grow in the sewer line causes sewer line back ups. Anything flushable will get caught on the root intrusion. To prevent back ups we recommend having your sewer line serviced bi-yearly or yearly depending on your situation.
Regular maintenance prevents sewer line back ups due to tree root intrusion.
Preventative maintenance clears the roots out of the line before they cause a back-up.
No, it is designed to specifically clear roots. Other clogs are man-made, such as excess toilet paper, construction debris, or flushing items that shouldn't be flushed. Roots are predictable so we can clear them to reduce the likelihood of a back-up, but if a homeowner consistently abuses the line, we can't prevent that.
A special note on this however- preventative maintenance can be used in the case of a home sale where the buyer wants the sewer line cleared prior to moving in so they don't experience a back-up.
This depends on how fast the roots in your area grow and how many trees roots are growing into the line. It can also depend on how many people are in your household. Rainy weather encourages tree root growth. Ask the specialist at Arrow Sewer & Drain their recommendation regarding your personal sewer line. Your line may need preventative maintenance twice a year depending on tree root growth.
Homeowners will clean their sewer line every 3 months, every 6 months, every year or every 2 years as preventative maintenance. The most common are every 6-12 months.
Cleaning your sewer line clears any obstruction either created by the roots themselves or the collection of other debris due to them. The roots, and any additional debris are either pulled out of the line or pushed through to the main city sewer line.
Septic systems require preventative maintenance when the tank is pumped.
By maintaining regular sewer cleanings, you can reduce the chance of back-ups and sewer line breaks due to root growth in the line.
There are two main types of machines used for cleaning sewer lines: Blade based (sometimes referred to as a snake or rooter). Water based (sometimes referred to as jetters or mini-jets), water based machines use high pressure water to blast clogs from the line. They are really good for clearing grease, construction debris and other types of items that are "sitting" in the bottom of the line.
Blade based machines use a rotating blade on the end of tightly wound cable. The blades spin around the entire circumference of the sewer pipe and cut away any debris, which is why they are ideal for clearing root growth. Remember, roots can grow into the sewer line at any point, so being able to clear the entire circumference is important, and the blades should be long enough to reach every spot.
If you have additional questions about sewer line preventative maintenance including cost, frequency of service, or to get scheduled, please contact Arrow Sewer & Drain.
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