Every year, homeowners in Portland tend to have the same problems with their drains: throughout the winter and rainy season, tree roots in search of moisture have invaded their underground sewer and water lines, causing blockages and even more serious problems. That’s why our drain cleaning experts have taken the time to put together this information about tree root intrusion and how to deal with it! If you’re having problems with pesky tree roots in your drains, this is what you’ll need to know. First, though, we’ll talk about how you can tell if tree roots are the problem in your Portland home’s plumbing system.

Drain Cleaning Tips from 3 Mountains Plumbing: Tree Root Trouble

You can prevent tree root intrusion by being careful about your landscaping…however, if there are already full-grown trees near your underground pipes, you already have a problem. If tree root intrusion happens to your pipes and drains, you may start to experience:

  • Main Line Back-Flow
  • Odors in Your Kitchen/Bathroom
  • Backed-Up Toilets
  • And Even Flooding in Your Basement
  • Standing Water in Your Sinks or Tubs
  • Failing Plumbing Fixtures

Clogged drains, leaking drains, broken drains…all of these can result from tree root intrusion, and all of them would cause one or more of the issues above. But how can you tell if tree roots are the problem?

At 3 Mountains Plumbing, we diagnose sewer issues with a video camera inspection. A sewer camera is an advanced plumbing tool that allows us to see inside of your pipes and discover the source of problems. Here’s how: a camera-tipped cable is threaded through your main drain access port, and the image of the pipe interior appears on an exterior monitor. We can find tree roots and deal with them accordingly!

So how do you deal with tree roots? Conventional rooters often won’t work for clearing roots, and drain chemicals are almost always a bad idea. No, the drain cleaning solution for tree roots is most frequently hydro jetting.

Hydro jetting (High Water Pressure Jetting)

A water jetter is a state-of-the-art plumbing tool that can blast away roots with high-pressure H2O. Not only can it clear tree root clogs that a rooter would get tangled up in, but it can also clear away the residue and grime build-up along the walls of the pipes, restoring their flow capaPortland. It’s the absolute latest in drain cleaning, and we trust it for nearly every major tree root obstruction job we get.

If you’re experiencing drain problems, the drain-cleaning experts at 3 Mountains Plumbing can help! Call 3 Mountains Plumbing today to get a sewer camera inspection, hydro jetting, or drain cleaning for your Portland home.

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