Tree roots don't grow quickly, but they can grow to be pretty big. After all, they are constantly growing to find different sources of water and nutrients for the tree. Because of this, they can grow so that they extend pretty far, and if they are growing close to something, such as your home's sewer pipes, it's possible for them to cause quite a bit of damage. Whether you have smaller tree roots growing through small holes in your outside plumbing or you have large roots that are completely blocking your pipes, they need to be dealt with as soon as possible. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can solve the problem before sewage starts backing up into your home.

Copper Sulfate

You can purchase copper sulfate from your local home improvement store. It comes in either foaming or crystalline form. The good thing about copper sulfate is that the tree roots will only absorb it for a short distance. So, while it is toxic to the tree roots, using it won't cause significant damage to your tree. To use copper sulfate to get rid of a minor root infestation, flush approximately one-half cup down your toilet. Alternatively, you can flush a tiny amount of the copper sulfate down your toilet once a day for up to two weeks. However, it's important that you don't use copper sulfate on a regular basis. When used regularly for a long time, copper sulfate can corrode your sewer pipes, causing an even larger problem. So, if you have a large root problem, using copper sulfate isn't a good option. You should consider calling a general sewer plumber instead.

Cutting the Tree Roots

You can use a sewer auger with a rotating spiral head to cut the roots inside your pipes. While cutting the roots solves the problem. It is only a temporary solution. The tree roots will eventually grow back, so you'll need to repeat the process periodically to make sure your pipes remain unclogged. Also, when you cut the tree roots using a sewer auger, the roots that you've trimmed stay inside your pipes. If these aren't washed away, they can build up over time and become an issue.

While there are multiple ways to remove tree roots from your sewer pipes, it's a good idea to contact a general sewer plumber to assess the situation before you determine how to handle the problem. This way, you'll know the extent of the damage so that you can determine the best way to proceed. If you have major damage, you might have to replace the pipes completely, so it's always a good idea to contact a plumber, like All Clear Pumping & Sewer, as soon as you suspect a problem.

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