Roots in Sewer Line

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Have more than one slow drain? A toilet backed up?  There’s a good chance you have tree roots in the sewer line.  It’s a fairly common problem, and now days doesn’t necessarily mean trenching for a sewer line replacement.  Our team of experts are well-trained and experienced in sewer cleaning as well as sewer line repairs and replacement. The property owner, not the city, is responsible for the “lateral” line from a home or business to the sewer main at the street.  So it’s up to you to get any problems fixed. Unable to use toilets, sinks, showers, or tubs?  That’s an emergency!  At Renowned there’s always a live person to answer your call and dispatch 24/7 services.

Tip:  A proper residential sewer line in good condition should not need sewer and drain cleaning. If it does there’s some specific problem that needs to be corrected.  But drain and sewer services for restaurants and other businesses that handle food are another matter…

Renowned Plumbing provides affordable sewer line services to all Southern California areas. Schedule an appointment today.

What to Do About  The Tree Root In Sewer Line

Taking action early minimizes the damage and the likelihood of needing a sewer line replacement rather than a repair.

Inspection and Assessment

Our sewer and drain cleaning services begin with an in-pipe video camera inspection.  That’s the most thorough and accurate way to determine if roots are indeed the problem, how far it’s developed, and where it’s located.  The live video also shows us the general condition of the line, and you can have a look yourself.

Sewer Cleaning

The traditional cleaning methods such as cabling (drain snaking) and augering (using rotating blades on a cable) may offer a good-enough temporary solution, but it’s likely the roots will soon grow back.  And you’ll likely have at least a tiny sewage leak.

Adding copper sulfate through the clean-out port or a toilet often kills-off penetrating roots and creates a kill zone around the outside.  Foaming products help assure that the copper sulfate reaches the top of the pipe.  This sort of chemical method isn’t 100% effective, however.

Water Jetting

Hydro jetting’s high-pressure jets cut through most tree roots and scour away deposits and build up.  Followed by a foaming product this may delay the need for repairs or replacement for quite a while.


For spot repairs, we hand dig to expose a short section of the line containing the problem.  As well as removing and replacing that section we’ll also remove nearby external roots.


With older lines or extensive damage, a sewer line replacement is the only dependable way forward.  Years ago this meant equipment digging a trench from your home or business out to the street, and often included breaking through concrete.  But today there are two trenchless options as well.

  • Pipe bursting runs equipment through the existing line to burst it open, then pulls through a new and somewhat flexible line.
  • Pipelining leaves the existing pipe as is, lining its insides with a resin to create a new pipe within the pipe.

Both still involve digging in one or two small spots for access.  But both also leave you with a single seamless line that should last for many decades.

Your Choice

The best course of action depends on the material the line is made of, its age and general condition, and your priorities and budget.  Following your decision you can count on us for fast, dependable work. Locally owned and operated we’ve been in business for over 15 years, providing personalized services and holding ourselves to high standards.  Our emergency services offer prompt arrivals anytime 24/7, and we guarantee our workmanship and your satisfaction.

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