Finding your roots can be rewarding when you’re reuniting with or learning more about your family tree. But there can be some big surprises along the way. The same is true when you’re locating the tree roots that may be interfering with the plumbing pipes under your greater Cincinnati home at this very moment. 

Tree roots can quickly cause plumbing problems. They stretch long distances for water, and they often seek moisture coming from tiny leaks. These holes or improperly sealed sewer or water pipes make your home vulnerable to tree roots. Roots can block the pipes with their hair-thin strands. Combined with grime and grease flowing into the sewer lines, the gunk can cause toilets, sinks and other drains to become sluggish and even back up.

Further, roots can cause pipe cracking. Especially vulnerable are clay pipes in older plumbing systems. There’s quite a bit of inconvenience, discomfort and expense related to this plumbing problem.

If you think you have a clog in outgoing sewer or incoming water pipes, ignoring it won’t make it go away. The sooner you investigate and get to the root of the problem (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun), the less damage you’ll have. Contact your plumber now rather than later. Your plumber can cut through the roots with special blades. There may be some digging involved, because piping is generally several feet underground. In certain cases, an advanced trenchless process can be used. Once the problem is located, your plumber will fix or replace your pipes, cutting away nearby roots.

Have questions about roots or other plumbing problems? Contact the experts at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing in Cincinnati. Visit our website for valuable plumbing information, or just call us.

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