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Tree Root Removal in Chicago

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Root intrusion into sewer pipe systems is reported to cause 50% of all sewer blockages. Mature tree roots will naturally gravitate towards pipes because they contain water and nutrients. When warm water flows through the pipes, water vapor accumulates on the outside of the pipes which helps the trees to locate them. Interference between trees and sewer systems is likely to occur in older systems and in cracked pipes. Once tree roots enter the pipes they can take over large areas of the pipe with net-like masses which can catch sediment and debris that are flowing through the pipes and cause major clogs and problems. Factors that contribute to damage include:

  • older pipes with joints
  • shallow pipes
  • small dimension pipes
  • fast-growing tree species with aggressive root systems

Signs of Tree Root Intrusion

If you have well-developed trees in front of your Chicagoland home and you are hearing gurgling noises coming from your toilet bowl, you may have slow flowing drains possibly caused by tree roots. If tree roots continue to grow they can exert great pressure on to the pipes, causing them to crack or even burst. Very advanced root intrusion may mean that the pipes require replacement.

Tree Root Intrusion Prevention

Some ways to prevent the invasion of tree roots into your pipes are:

  1. Plant trees at least 10 feet away from sewer lines
  2. Choose “sewer safer” trees that are small, slow-growing species with less aggressive root systems
  3. Replace trees when they get too large for the planting area

Trees generally have as much biomass underground as they have above the ground. Because roots grow predominately in the top 18-24 inches of the soil, the roots will spread horizontally as the tree grows and matures. The planting process may be adjusted to maintain an optimum root environment so tree roots stay within that environment and as far from the pipelines as possible.

Precision Plumbing, Heating and Cooling has solutions for any root intrusion problems from maintenence to permanent solututions like pipe lining (CIPP) or sewer excavation and replacement. CIPP is a jointless pipe-within-a-pipe with the capability to rehabilitate pipes and negotiate bends. Our professionals will diagnose your problem and work with you to choose the right solution for your situation. Call us today and we will get rid of your root problem right away. Serving suburban Chicagoland 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… Is today soon enough?