1. How do roots grow in sewer pipes?
    As trees and plants mature, their underground root system grows and naturally seeks out moisture. The most consistent source of moisture is sewer and waste water pipelines. Joints and cracks in the pipe create natural entry points for roots. Roots start to grow at the top of the pipe and spread.
  2. Is root intrusion a serious problem?
    It can be. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, root intrusion is probably the single most destructive element involved in maintaining a waste water collection system. Left untreated, roots will spread throughout the pipe. Material passing down the drain get strapped in the roots, restricting the flow or even causing a complete blockage. Root intrusion can eventually destroy a sewer system, costing cities hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to repair or replace.

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