Sewer Root Removal Services in Toronto & GTA

Coming home to a green, healthy space is rewarding after long days, but the arching branches of backyard trees and refreshing plants could mean uncontrolled root growth below ground. And worse, there’s no way to know which way they’re growing. It also doesn’t help that plant and tree roots are attracted to nutrient-rich wastewater flowing out through the pipes. When left unpruned, these roots can quickly encroach on sewer pipes, causing them to break or collapse under the pressure.

How do you balance greenspace and modern plumbing? Root removal is essential for working sewers; when done regularly or early enough, we can even help you keep trees and plants in place, or replant them away from underground pipes. With root removal, we can help you keep sewers clear and make sure they work properly to direct the flow of wastewater outside your home for years to come.

What is Sewer Root Removal?

Tree roots can be removed from sewer lines with quick and easy fixes. The key is regular sewer inspection and maintenance. With regular sewer camera inspection, plumbers and sewer technicians can monitor growing tree roots and plan for curbing their growth, pruning, or even help homeowners determine how these can be replanted away from sewer lines.

Sewer root removal keeps pipes and drains clear of debris and sediments from plant and tree roots. This restores an optimal flow of wastewater outside your home to ensure proper waste disposal. This also helps avoid larger plumbing nightmares such as a burst or collapsed pipes, as well as sewer backups and indoor flooding. But because encroaching sewer roots are impossible to detect, sewer camera inspection and regular plumbing maintenance are the keys to early prevention.

Ask Our Sewer Root Removal Experts

At Drain King Plumbers, we know how important it is to come home to a green and refreshing space. But this shouldn’t come at the cost of modern plumbing.

Our certified plumbing and sewer experts use the most advanced tools, and camera systems to check the condition of pipes, drains, and sewer lines. This regular maintenance service allows us to locate tree roots and monitor their growth, and recommend sewer root removal before they encroach upon sewer lines and damage them further.

We work with homeowners to ensure that the root removal doesn’t damage landscaping and disrupt your daily routine. We’ll even make sewer camera inspections and look out for growing tree roots part of your regular plumbing maintenance plan. And when it’s inevitable, we’ll help you plan for proper replanting — and laying out your yard or lawn to make sure that other plant roots don’t grow over underground pipes and damage them.

Get Rid of Tree Roots in Sewer Lines

Our plumbers and sewer technicians use a variety of proven plumbing techniques to remove tree roots from sewer lines and prevent them from growing back in. We do this in 4 easy steps:

  1. Sewer camera inspection: whether you suspect slow drains, come home to a backup, or simply as part of your regular — and proactive — sewer maintenance plan, our plumbers will inspect the sewer lines using a specialized fibre-optic camera guided by flexible metal cables. This allows us to locate pesky tree roots and assess the condition of plumbing fixtures.
  2. Sewer hydro-jetting: the latest and most advanced sewer cleaning technique, hydro-jetting involves flushing pipes with high-pressure water to break up blockages into smaller chunks and turn them into sludge that can flow through the sewers. Unlike mechanical augers and chemical solutions that kill the roots and prevent their growth, hydro-jetting doesn’t risk further damage to the pipes through cracks and corrosion.
  3. Sewer line replacement: in the case of large roots and damaged pipes, a sewer line replacement may be a better option. Our plumbers work with you every step of the way to determine your options and make sure that the replacement goes as smoothly as possible.
  4. Ongoing sewer maintenance: clean, functioning sewers don’t end with removing roots. The only way to prevent them from growing back is through regular sewer cleaning and maintenance. With scheduled sewer camera inspections, unclogging, and hydro-jetting, we can keep sewer lines clear for proper wastewater disposal.

Sewer Root Removal: Frequently Asked Questions

How do tree roots block sewer lines?

Sewer pipes are laid out underground and designed to direct the flow of wastewater collected in the drains outside your home. But with this layout, they often attract pesky neighbours inclined to grow close to them.

Why do tree roots grow close to pipes?

Wastewater flushed out of your home is full of fat, grease, food particles, and other nutrients. For humans, these are waste items, but for growing tree roots, this nutrient-rich water is attractive and perfect for growth.

Over time, these roots can push cracks and gaps to widen, blocking the flow of water and causing slow drainage or even sewer backups; eventually, pipes can even break or collapse under the pressure. This is why tree roots need to be removed from drains and sewer lines — and prevented from growing in these pipes completely.

How can tree roots be prevented from growing in pipes?

It may be impossible to detect tree root intrusion without regular sewer camera inspections and maintenance. But once you sign up for a preventative maintenance plan, we can keep tree roots from growing in pipes and restore the optimal function of your drainage and waste disposal systems:

  • Physical root barriers: after installing a new sewer line, we reinforce it with thick metal or wood barriers to prevent growing roots from pushing into the pipes and causing their breakage or collapse.
  • Chemical root barriers: in some cases, we may also opt to apply chemical barriers such as copper sulphate and potassium hydroxide solutions. These curb the growth of tree roots. You can count on our plumbers to keep these chemicals away from the pipes and water supply lines. We make sure to prevent contamination of the water supply, as well as corrosion of pipes.
  • Sewer camera inspections: regular sewer inspections allow us to monitor the flow of wastewater outside your home and ensure that pipes remain blockage-free. We’ll also locate growing tree roots and plan ahead for removal or curbing their growth as far from the sewer lines as possible.

For more information about sewer root removal and keeping sewer lines clear from blockage, contact Drain King Plumbers here, or give us a call at 833-983-5301.