Toronto Drain Repairs: How to Prevent Damage From Tree Roots
Pipes start to deteriorate ever so slowly from the moment they are laid in the ground, forming hairline cracks and the smallest of leaks. Tree roots, in turn grow towards the leaks in search of oxygen, nutrition and water. As the roots infiltrate the pipes, it causes the cracks in pipes to enlarge, thus breaking the pipes or inhibiting the flow of waste. Inevitably, it will cause blockages.
It is crucial to deal with sewage leaks as soon as possible, as they tend to be unsanitary and may cause health problems. Toronto Drain repairs can be costly, which is why it makes sense to try prevent roots from growing into sewers in the first place.
Tips to Avoid Costly Drain Repairs
Locate your sewer lines - Before digging, first find out where your sewer lines are located. You can call the City's public works department if you're unsure.
Plant sewer-safe shrubs and trees - One of the best ways to avoid expensive repair bills, is to plan your landscaping effectively. Avoid planting too many plants near your sewer lines, and plant large trees far away from pipes. If you have to plant near sewer lines, opt for slow-growing trees with small root balls.
Create a barrier - You can discourage roots from growing into your sewer lines by using slow-release chemicals that inhibit growth of roots near sewer lines. Alternately, you can use wood or metal barriers buried beneath the ground.
You May Need Drain Repairs First
If roots have already infiltrated your drains, you will probably notice some signs that may signal a bigger problem:
- water backing up out of the sink drain
- slow draining water that pools around the shower drain
- gurgling in the toilet bowl when you run the sink
- gurgling sounds when you run the dishwasher or washing machine
- bad smells from the drains
If you're experiencing frequent clogs that are often difficult to clear, it's time to call for a video drain inspection. When you call Hoerner Heating and Plumbing, one of our experienced drain plumbers will insert a camera probe into the sewer and use it to locate the affected areas in your sewer line.
Regular drain cleaning can help prevent roots from growing inside of your sewer lines. We can assist with regular drain cleaning that involves inserting a cable with a cutting attachment, which will chop tree roots and vegetation from inside the pipes.
Environmentally Friendly Drain Repairs
Hoerner Heating & Plumbing is committed to providing green solutions to protect your health and the environment, which is why we are proud to present Bio-Clean.
Bio-Clean is a non-toxic drain cleaning product that clears clogged drains naturally by eating away at the organic material clogging the drain. It creates no heat, no fumes, no boiling. It does not attack live tissue or inorganic materials, only organic wastes like grease, hair, food particles, paper, cotton & sewage. This makes BIO-CLEAN safe for people, plumbing systems and the environment.
The multipurpose drain cleaning solution changes the waste particles into water, carbon dioxide and mineral ash which run harmlessly out of your waste system, making it available for plant life.
Don't wait until roots have infiltrated and damaged your sewer lines to call for drain repairs. Call Hoerner Heating & Plumbing today for a video drain inspection and environmentally friendly drain cleaning service.