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How Fast do Roots Grow in Sewer Pipes?

Deep tree anchor roots move towards areas with ideal growing conditions – moisture, nutrients, and oxygen. A cracked pipe provides all those elements if waste is also leaking, allowing roots to penetrate quickly. However, for an intact pipe, it takes much longer for roots to penetrate. Obviously, every pipe is different, but on average roots can take up to two years to penetrate pipe walls after entering a connection. Older pipes, as well as those made of less durable materials like clay are more likely to crack and allow roots to penetrate their interiors. Additionally, shorter pipes have more connections, making them more likely to experience root issues. Homeowners that frequently use drain cleaning chemicals can weaken their pipes, putting them at additional risk for cracking and allowing roots inside.

If you suspect that there is a blockage in your pipes due to roots, sediment, debris, or organic matter, call an experienced plumber immediately to have them diagnose and fix the issue. A local plumber can use a camera to find the clog and recommend the right technique to remove it. Whether it’s sewer rodding, hydro jetting, or another drain cleaning technique, a top-rated plumber can remove a pipe clog without doing further damage to the pipe.

Areas that have fast-growing trees pose a higher risk to pipes, necessitating measures such as soil aeration or root trenching.

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