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Damaging Roots To Pipes-What Not To Do

Damaging Roots To Pipes-What Not To Do

If you’ve been having problems with slow drains, or water leaks and are unable to narrow down a definitive cause, time is of the essence before major damage could occur. If the problem involves damaging roots to pipes, the underlying issue of removing the root system must be addressed. There are countless reasons why you may be experiencing slow movement with water and waste drainage, but there are some definitive signs that a tree root could be blocking your home’s waste discharge line. Here are some things that you shouldn’t do if you have a slow moving drain in your Buford area home.

Try To Unclog The Drain Yourself

One of the worst things you can do is try to unclog a drain that is saturated with roots on your own. Using a plumbing snake or long device to push debris through may only end up breaking your snake or allowing it to get stuck among the invasive roots. Plunging your lines with air pressure is also not recommended. This can cause a buildup of pressure within your pipes and they may suddenly burst. This is considered a plumbing emergency and you’ll have to call a plumber to prevent water and waste from filling up your basement or crawlspace.

Attempt To Dig To Your Lines

If you have a cracked pipe and you see that it is a root blocking the flow, you may be tempted to dig out the tree and the root system. This can be dangerous because you don’t know exactly where the root system starts and how complex it has grown into the piping system. You are putting yourself at risk for digging into a water main or gas line as well. The pros at Casteel Heating, Cooling and Plumbing will be able to send a camera through your pipes to determine the extent of the invasive root.

Dissolve The Blockage With Chemicals

Flushing harsh chemicals down your drains is not good for your entire water and sewer system or the pipes in your home. This can easily cause erosion among your water pipes and lead to a cracks and significant leaks. Never flush unnatural large products down your drains-especially if they’re already slow or clogged.

Continue To Generate Wastewater

If your drains are backing up significantly or they are not moving at all-such as your shower or toilet, stop using your plumbing system completely. This means no flushing or running water through your drains until you call out a plumber. The blockage will result in significant wastewater overflow-this can be harmful to your home and your health.

It can be challenging dealing with low water pressure and a clogged drain. No matter what is causing the clog in your home or damaging roots to pipes, contacting a professional to evaluate the situation is essential for a successful outcome.

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