Blocked and clogged drains can be a hassle in Toronto

Especially if you suffer from Tree Roots in Drains!

Hi, I’m Calvin from Hoerner Heating & Plumbing.  It’s early spring and that means an influx in root growth, during this time of year we get lots of calls for blocked and

Tree Roots in Drains

The first step in root removal is to locate your problem area, occasionally blockages occur within the home, but most root related problems occur in between your house and the city line coming from the street.  To locate the problem area we use a specialised camera that is sent down the drain from the nearest clean out.  When the blockage has been found with the camera that is sent down the drain from the nearest clean out.  When the blockage has been found with the camera a locator is used above ground to pin point directly where the blockage is, as well as the path that the snake (aka drain snake or sewer snake) will take on route to the blockage. We can help you identify the source of clogged drains with our techniques.   Tree roots like to make their way into your clay sewer drains, through cracks and joints.  Techniques such as jetting, rodding and chemical applications to your drains can help prevent root growth but are only tentative measures in deterrence.  Snaking a drain may be way to clear it of debris without digging up your yard and removing the clay piping and it is not a permanent solution. You may ask how do I clear tree roots in drains?

Now that we know where the problem is, we can remove the camera and start feeding our cable down the clean out.  There are a variety of heads that can be attached to the cable for a variety of blockages.  Two inch spear heads and  U-cutters, these heads are ideal to start with, Retrieval heads are used to plunge into blockages and pull back the problem.  Three inch saw blades power through tree roots, and three inch side cutters act as a finishing head to extract any remaining debris.  Now that we have the proper head on our cable we put gloves and position our electrical snake no more than two feet from our clean out.  When feeding the cable into the clean out, feed several feet of cable into the drain and turn on the auger in the forward setting.  The reverse setting should only be used if the cable gets stuck and only for several seconds at a time.

When the blockage is met and you cannot push the cable any further give the cable a little extra slack to ensure spinning and drive the cable into the roots.  Pulling back the cable and forcing the spinning head into the blockage will take several attempts to clear the drain, and increasing the size of the heads can help to alleviate the roots.  Flushing water down the drain and then using the camera for a final inspection should show the cleared drain.  Adding some formula down the drain after snaking will help to prevent root and waste build-up.  An application of Rootex can be used to further clear roots.  Although this is not permanent solution it often can alleviate the immediate back-up and mess, and sometimes for years.  For a permanent solution, we can expose the drain by digging and replace the problem section. In some instances if the pipe is straight and has some problem areas we can install a liner from inside the house to the property line which saves a lot of digging and eliminate tearing up expensive walkways, driveways and gardens, etc.

 

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