How to Fix Tree Roots in Pipes in Richmond, VA, and Surrounding Areas
Did you know your pipes can be damaged by a tree that is hundreds of yards away or even in a neighbor’s yard several houses down the street?
When roots grow into your pipes it is called root intrusion. But the roots really aren’t to blame. It’s actually cracked pipes or bad joints that allow roots to break into pipes.
Roots actively seek out pipes because they like to lap up the moisture from the pipes. Because condensation forms around pipes, tree and shrub roots are naturally drawn to pipes even when they are not broken. Older pipes are the most susceptible due to cracks, deformations, and leaks. This often leads to blockages in your pipes.
In the past, whenever a pipe was cracked by a surrounding tree root, many times it was necessary to remove the problem tree to prevent the tree roots from destroying the new pipe and to allow for the installation of the new pipe. This is no longer needed with the use of CIPP (Cured in Place Pipe).
Once the new pipe installation is complete, it is simply connected to the existing system. This code-approved and tested pipe is a completely root-proof, leak-proof, chemical and acid resistant pipe, with a minimum lifespan of 50 years!
The Pipe Lining Installation Process is Simple…
- The damaged pipe is cleaned and inspected.
- A measurement is then taken so the pipe-liner material can be cut to length.
- The 100% epoxy resin is then mixed and poured into the liner material impregnating it.
- The pipe-liner is then loaded into the launching unit.
- Then the pipe-liner is inserted into the pipe through an inversion process that utilizes air pressure.
- This literally turns the pipe-liner material inside out which allows the resin to bond with the host pipe.
- The resin cures within 3 hours.
- The pipe is put back into service.
Roots can invade your pipes from your front yard or from your neighbor’s yard three houses down the street. It’s not the fault of the roots. Root invasions are usually the fault of weak joints, cracked pipes, or pre-existing damage to your pipes. Roots seek out pipes due to the moisture that’s inside them, providing the shrub, flower, or tree with nutrients. Even if pipes aren’t broken, roots are still drawn to them because of the condensation that forms around them.
With Cured-in-Place piping, you no longer have to remove the shrub, flowering bush, or tree because of the root invasion. CIPP is a relatively simple process. First, the damaged pipe is cleaned and inspected. Then, a measurement of the pipe is taken so the pipe-liner material can be cut to length. The 100% epoxy resin is then mixed and poured into the liner, perfectly fit the length and width of the pipe. The pipe-liner is loaded into the launching unit, which is then inserted into the pipe through an inversion process that utilizes air pressure. Due to the use of air pressure, the pipe-liner turns inside out, allowing the resin to bond with the host pipe. The resin cures within three hours, allowing your pipe to come back into service within a day of calling, inspection, and operation.