My sewer lateral has been cleaned out and I have been told that the cause of the problem is tree roots from a big tree in the yard. What needs to be done?
There are two solutions for this situation. One, is to remove the tree which is causing the problem. The other, is to dig up and replace the old sewer pipe with new PVC pipe. This pipe will not allow root intrusion because of it’s glued joint construction. Old clay pipe is not resistant to roots because the joints are not sealed. Cast Iron pipe is usually root resistant because of it’s joint construction, but occasionally we have seen where shoddy initial construction has had to be repaired or replaced. Note: work of this nature requires a permit from our office.