3 Stages of Tree Root Intrusion

Tree root intrusion in sewer lines and supply mains can pose a great threat to the system. Root intrusion in a recurrent problem in households that hinder operations in the lines that they penetrate. The tree roots can also be very hard to eliminate.

Root intrusions can also happen in sewer lines resting in properties that do not have trees. Root intrusions can also be caused by shrubs and other smaller vegetation. The danger with this problem is that it has a very uncanny way of penetrating, utilising the resources it finds inside the pipe and remain undetected until such time that the damage is big enough to render the sewer lines a complete failure.

Unknown to most homeowners, there are actually three stages that the root intrusion process undergoes before it fully succeeds in choking the life out of your sewer systems. In this article, you will come to know those stages. Familiarizing yourself with these levels will help you evaluate the extent of damage that your sewer line is currently experiencing. In return, the information will give you a better grasp at the right type of solution that best fits your problem.

Stage 1: Early Intrusion

This is stage of the intrusion entails the very moment that the roots make contact with the sewer pipe. In this stage, the roots are trying to find the easiest way to penetrate the pipe. The roots do this by scouting the outer surface of the pipe and looking for the weakest spot or locating the tiniest leak there may be in the structure. These weak spots will serve as the entrance and from there; the roots will build its mass creating the hole biggest while producing new ones. All this effort will lead to eventual pipe crumbling.


Stage 2: Advanced Intrusion

At this stage, the roots are already in contact with the water and whatever moisture source there is in your sewer line. The roots that started out the size of a hair strand can b expected to grow five times its height as the weeks progress because of the unhindered access it has to the sewer line.

It is also in this stage that the accumulations and build-ups get trapped in between the maze of tree roots inside the pipe. The roots are starting to take over the entire sewer line by growing in spaces that are unoccupied to serve as the pathway of wastes and liquid discharges of the residential building.

If you noticed the earlier signs of the root intrusion such as build-ups, gurgling in the toilet syphon and drain blockage, this is the perfect time for you to administer solutions to the intrusion problem. Even though the action is too late for prevention, there is still a very good chance that you can salvage your sewer line.


Stage 3: Sewage Failure

This last stage is the part where your sewer line gives up and sags or completely succumbs to whatever deterioration causes you have that is riddling your system. At this point, the sewer system is beyond repairing and the only solution to still keep the trenches that the sewer lines are laid in is to replace the pipes all together. You can do this by pipe bursting or the traditional method of pipe repair either way, the process require a handful amount of downtime where your sewer lines and drain pipes cannot be used and the repair costs could be quite high.