How To Remove Tree Root In Sewer Lines

Root Intrusion In Your Drain Lines? Try Our Tree Root Removal Service

Slow draining sinks, showers, bathtubs, laundry, gurgling drain noises, toilets backing up, sewer odors—may be common clogs, they may also be related to a tree root in sewer line problem.

Tree roots crave the water and nutrients flowing through your sewer pipes. Even a tiny crack or a loose joint can release vapors that attract roots.

Roots can grow away from a tree three times the height of the tree. They love to grow and work their way into the sewer pipe until eventually they form a root mass that will totally block the pipe, causing your sewers to back up into your place. Removing roots from sewer lines can seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help.

How To Remove Tree Root In Sewer Lines

  1. Cutting roots. With our tree root removal service, we use a powerful rooting machine to cut roots if they are not too large. Then we can use a high pressure water jetter to clean more. This is a starting point to get things flowing properly again.
  2. Sewer camera to see the problem.
  3. Tree root killers are chemical herbicides that destroy plants or inhibit their growth. Not good for a septic tank. Four different formula types available: foam, crystal, dust, and liquid. Root killers can be used to destroy existing roots, or they can be applied twice a year as a preventive. If a tree root in sewer lines is the problem, a root killer may work, but takes time to fix the immediate issue. Removing roots from sewer lines can be a tricky task – unfortunately, any existing cracks in your sewer line will persist, growing long after the tree roots have been removed. This is why it’s so important to consult with a reputable tree root removal service to analyze what the best course of action is.
  4. Green tree root killer.  Try adding rock salt or sodium chloride, to your drain instead of chemicals. Add one pound of rock salt into the toilet bowl. Flush a number of times to remove salt. Try a second pound of salt and flush away. Do not use the drain for 10 hours. Let the tree roots suck up salt that removes water (life) from roots. This does take time.
  5. Pipe replacement. If the sewer pipe is so damaged that replacement is best, we will dig and repair the damaged piping. Call the drain experts at PDM for free root cleaning ideas.

Tree Root Removal Service

Standard insurance policies usually do not cover sewer line damage, whether caused by tree roots or otherwise. Click here to learn more about our financing options.


Alone & Needing A Torch To Remove Tree Root In Sewer Line? Call to Learn More About Our Tree Root Removal Service.

Learn your drain cleaning options. PDM is a tree root in sewer lines specialist – removing roots from sewer lines doesn’t have to be a headache! Use our online contact form or call us at 815-726-6264 today! Serving Greater Joliet SW Chicago Suburbs for 138 years.


Joliet Chamber of Commerce Logo
Herald News Best of Will County 2023 Readers Choice Awards
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
How Can We Help You?
Your Contact Information
Have we served you in the past?
What Day Works Best For You?
What time of day is best for you?
First Available
Back Next