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Tree Root Removal from Milwaukee Sewer Lines

Will lye, bleach or other chemicals at home dissolve tree roots?TreeRootsSewerDrain

Short answer:

There are several “home remedies” for root-clogged sewer lines, and all of them are bad ideas. You can save time, money and energy with professional assistance and preventative products that won’t damage your pipes or the environment.

Long answer:

Lye, bleach and salt might seem like great, inexpensive ways to remove tree roots from a sewer line, but they have several drawbacks:

  • They’re not effective. Homemade root killers can flow past the target or crystalize, adding to the clog. When they do reach the roots, they may also kill the tree itself and even nearby grass and plants.
  • They’re dangerous. Lye and bleach can lead to serious chemical burns on the skin, in the eyes and in the respiratory system if not handled properly with full protective gear.
  • They’ll kill your pipes. Lye and bleach are corrosive. Salt speeds up the corrosion process. Instead of protecting your pipes, they damage the metal, leading to future plumbing issues.

To remove tree roots from your sewer line effectively, it’s best to call a professional. Our tree root removal experts can save your sewer line and pipes the Roto-Rooter way.


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Step 1: Cut out tree roots with water jetting

Roto-Rooter Milwaukee’s technicians start by using the Roto-Rooter machine to cut all roots clogging your pipes and restore proper water flow. If the tree roots are particularly thick or stubborn, our technicians can use water jetting equipment to eliminate the toughest clogs.

Killing the roots in your pipes is only half the battle. Whether your trees are like the big, old trees in Elm Grove or the young, new trees in Franklin, they will send more roots right back into your sewer line if steps are not taken to prevent them from returning.

Step 2: Apply non-caustic chemicals to prevent growth

You could cut the tree down entirely, but this is an expensive solution for clogged plumbing. Roto-Rooter uses EPA approved preventative products to dissolve tree roots without contaminating the whole tree or surrounding plants.

Once your sewer drain has been cleared and treated by Roto-Rooter, we can inspect the lines for damage with a televising camera and repair any cracks or damage with minimally invasive techniques. Businesses and homeowners throughout southeast Wisconsin count on Milwaukee Roto-Rooter to remove tree roots from their sewer lines and keep them out for years to come.

Contact the tree root removal experts at Roto-Rooter Milwaukee for unclogged sewer lines and water-jetting services.
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