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Did you know that tree roots are a leading cause of broken sewer pipes in New Jersey? Tree roots have a habit of growing around, and into, sewer pipes. The conditions there are ideal for tree roots, and the problem can quickly get out of control as the roots take over the sewer line. This can cause the sewer line to clog, leading to backflow. The force of the tree roots as they grow can also fracture the sewer pipe itself.

If you’re dealing with sewer backup, or suspect that the sewer line might have broken apart or collapsed, tree roots could be the problem. You’ll need an experienced local plumber to remove the roots and repair the damage to the pipes. At A1 Sewer & Drain Services, we’re available 24/7 for emergency sewer repair in New Jersey. Call us any time for same-day service with quick response times, or ask us about sewer cleaning to remove roots before they get out of control.

How Tree Roots Get Into Your Sewer Lines

tree-roots-in-broken-sewer-lineIf you have large trees on your property, their roots extend a lot further than you might think. Tree roots grow shallowly, usually within the top 18″ of soil.

In extreme cases, the root system of a mature oak tree can be hundreds of miles long. Typically, though, the root system extends for anywhere from 2 to 7 times the length of the tree. This means that a 50-foot tree has roots extending over 100 feet from the base.

Tree roots grow and spread opportunistically, looking for suitable soil conditions, plenty of moisture, and nutrients. Moisture and nutrients are something your sewer line is full of, which is why roots love to grow around, and into, your sewer line.

The relatively warm water flowing through your sewer main line gives off water vapor, which escapes through tiny holes or cracks into the cooler soil around it. The roots enter through the opening, and as they grow, they can cause further breakage that can lead to sewer backups and collapsed sewer pipes. Once the damage is done, you’ll need to call a plumber for sewer repair or sewer line replacement.

Repair Options for Broken Sewer Pipes in NJ

broken-sewer-pipe-tree-rootsTree roots enter sewer lines through preexisting cracks or holes, which usually aren’t a problem on their own. As the roots grow, the pressure against the holes can break the pipe apart completely. More moderate tree root damage can be fixed with sewer repair techniques, but severe damage often requires sewer pipe replacement.

For sewer repair, plumbers can use hydro jetting to first break apart and clear out the tree roots. Then, a trenchless method like pipe lining can be used to patch the cracks and holes, creating a pipe within a pipe that’s resistant to corrosion. Sewer replacement can also be accomplished with trenchless techniques, notably pipe bursting. A hydraulic bursting head breaks apart a collapsed or severely damaged pipe, and pulls a new section of pipe into place behind it.

If tree roots are ruining your sewer line, call us any time at A1 Sewer & Drain Services. We offer sewer repair, sewer replacement, and hydro jetting services to get rid of tree roots for good. Talk to one of our friendly plumbers today by calling us at 201-645-0888.