Getting to the Root of the Problem: See What Happens When Roots Invade Your Pipes, and What You Can Do to Prevent it.

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If left to grow, tree and shrubbery roots will completely fill your underground pipes with multiple hair-like root masses at rooteach point of entry. The root masses quickly become clogged with toilet tissue, grease and other debris flowing from your home to the main sewer, resulting in reduced flow and slowed drains. A complete blockage may occur if the roots are not removed and root growth impeded.

Once roots have entered the pipe, they continue to grow and expand, exerting considerable pressure at the crack or joint. The increased pressure often breaks the pipe and may result in total collapse, which requires repair or replacement.

Some pipe materials are more susceptible to root intrusion than others. Clay tile pipe is easily penetrated and damaged by tree roots. Concrete pipe and PVC pipe may also allow root intrusion, but to a lesser extent than clay pipe. PVC pipe usually has fewer joints and the tightly fitted joints are less likely to leak as a result of settlement around the pipe.

How can I control roots in my pipes?
If roots have entered your pipes, a Burton technician can remove the roots using powerful cutting blades. Your technician will recommend the application of Root X to retard future root growth. Root X will kill only the roots growing in the pipes and will not affect the rest of your tree’s root system.

For future planting, be sure to avoid areas just above underground pipes. If you’re not sure where they are, we’ll be happy to visit your home and show you.

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