Roots are living organisms that thrive where there’s moisture and water. Sometimes, in their search for nutrition, they can come across a residential or commercial property’s sewer lines. When they do, the roots enter the pipes of your Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington building through the cracks and the joints and cause a variety of problems.
If you experience constant stoppages, gurgling sounds coming from the toilet or basement flooding, then chances are that nearby roots from trees or shrubs have invaded your sewer pipes. At Apollo, we specialize in trenchless services, a no-dig solution that won’t require destroying your well-manicured landscape, lawn, and driveway. What’s more, disruption is kept to a minimum while tree roots are efficiently cleared.
Identifying the Type of Pipe You Have
Our expert technicians can find nearby cleanouts or other entry points such as bathtubs or kitchen sinks and drains to start the whole process. First, a small HD camera is inserted into the sewer pipes and navigates the whole system to gather vital information, such as pipe material, depth, condition, and the primary cause of your sewer line problem. The crystal clear video will show us if your pipes have developed pinhole leaks, large cracks, or if tree roots have choked the flow. For older pipe material like clay, our technicians will check the joints where they are most vulnerable. Cast iron pipes may exhibit advanced corrosion, while PVC or ABS pipes are likely to have cracks or offset joints due to poor installation.
As tree roots enter the pipes they grow and swarm the space, building up pressure until the pipes break apart, ultimately causing an emergency and extensive damage to your property.
Clearing Roots Using Hydro Jetting
Hydro jetting is a revolutionary type of cleaning that uses pressurized water to blast invading roots, calcified matter and stuck debris out of the pipes. A hose with a special nozzle is inserted into existing access points and blasts out water in every direction, hitting all interior points of the sewer lines. Pressure is carefully regulated by our trained technicians to prevent unnecessary pipe damage. The result is a smooth inner pipe that’s free of debris.
Strengthening Your Oregon or Washington Pipe System
After cleaning via hydro jetting is completed, our technicians prepare for trenchless repairs. This procedure will cover existing cracks, leaks and holes where roots have penetrated using a special epoxy resin via an inflatable liner. After a few hours, the resin hardens, forming a new pipe within the old one. The material is very durable and will not crack, corrode, rust or fall apart because of shrub or tree roots. The jointless, seamless feature ensures proper flow and less maintenance during its 50-year lifespan.
Contact Apollo Experts to Clear Roots and Control Future Problems
Early detection is the best kind of prevention when it comes to pesky tree root invasion. At Apollo, we use state-of-the-art equipment to assess our Portland and Vancouver clients’ pipes and see if there’s any potential problem that needs to be addressed down the road. Aside from that, forethought and planning, such as knowing the location of your pipes and planting trees far away from them, lessens the risk of emergencies happening in the future.