Crumbling sidewalks and clogged drains on Main Street in Westhampton Beach are forcing officials off to sign off on much-needed remodeling. Part of the repair entails cutting down and replacing several dozen trees that line the road and digging up and replacing aging storm drains. The city hopes that by replacing the drain system they will help mitigate their current flooding problem. The entire project will take around two years and cost nearly 4.7 million dollars.
So what is the cause of the constant flooding that forced the city to sign off on these costly remodels? “Our Department of Public Works superintendent, John Kearns, told us that before we worked on the streets we had better find out what was underneath it,” Mayor Maria Moore Moore said in an interview with the Southampton Press. “We hired a company that had a robot with a camera on it to go through all of the drains, which start up on Montauk Highway to catch the rain runoff, and go down to Main Street and out to the canal.” The camera revealed that the century-old clay pipes were severely damaged from cracks where tree roots had grown through them.
Root Intrusion Will Give the Boot to Your Pipes
Tree roots are one of the most common and stealthy causes for drain damage. Even if your tree appears to be at a safe distance from your home, the roots may have been growing for years and managed to reach your pipe.
Tree roots can infiltrate the joints of even a healthy pipe, but if your sewer system is over 30 years old you are especially susceptible to damage. If a root does find its way into the joint of a pipe it will quickly grow and cause blockages, cracking and sewage leaks that are detrimental to the health of your family. Don’t wait until you have to uproot your trees and pipe system, know your warning signs so you can call a professional.
Know the Warning Signs
While every household experiences an occasional clog, if you notice your drain is frequently clogging you may have a tree root infiltration. Other symptoms that may indicate a tree root in your drain is a gurgling toilet, slow drain or toilet overflow. If you notice any of these issues, it is important to call a specialist to destroy the root before your pipe is destroyed.
How to Solve Tree Root Infiltrations
If you are in the Seattle area, call Bob Oates Plumbing Sewer and Rooter for our advanced rooter service technology. Our team will send our top-rated sewer inspection technology down the pipe to locate the problem, determine the exact cause and prescribe the most cost-effective and efficient solution. If the problem is, in fact, an overgrown tree root, our rooter service will flush out the obstruction in a timely and environmentally friendly manner.
Call Bob Oates Plumbing Sewer and Rooter today for an estimate, and stop roots from taking over your pipes.