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Apr 06,2015

IN Plumbing, DYK

Eric Rickert

Roots In Sewer Line

 

We had an emergency sewer replacement this weekend. Roots from an Evergreen bush penetrated the joint on a sewer hub and grew into the sewer line. The growth took place over several years and the evergreen bush was able to establish a 7 foot long root system, which filled the inside the pipe causing a complete blockage of the homes sewer line. This is not an uncommon repair, and yearly sewer line maintenance rodding can prevent these types of emergency situations. The last image included is an illustration from our friends at The Family Handyman to help explain how this happens.

 

7 feet of root blockage 7 feet of root blockage

 

This is the piece of the root system that penetrated the hub, which lead to the growth inside the sewer pipe. This is the piece of the root system that penetrated the hub, which lead to the growth inside the sewer pipe.

 

 

 

 

Root system growing inside of sewer line.  This was after removed part of the old clay sewer line. Root system growing inside of sewer line. This was after we removed part of the old clay sewer line.

 

You can see how the root completely filled this sewer line. You can see how the root completely filled this sewer line.

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Written by Eric Rickert

Plumbing, DYK

Eric Rickert

Eric Rickert

Certified Project Management Professional