Tree Root Invasion

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Roots are living organisms that thrive where there are moisture and water. Sometimes, in their search for nutrition, they can come across a residential or commercial property’s sewer lines. When they do, the roots enter the pipes of your Portland, Oregon or Vancouver, Washington building through the cracks and the joints and cause a variety of problems.

If you experience constant stoppages, gurgling sounds coming from the toilet or basement flooding, then chances are that nearby roots from trees or shrubs have invaded your sewer pipes. At Apollo, we specialize in trenchless services, a no-dig solution that won’t require destroying your well-manicured landscape, lawn, and driveway. What’s more, disruption is kept to a minimum while tree roots are efficiently cleared.

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Identifying The Type Of Pipe You Have

Our expert technicians can find nearby cleanouts or other entry points such as bathtubs or kitchen sinks and drains to start the whole process. First, a small HD camera is inserted into the sewer pipes and navigates the whole system to gather vital information, such as pipe material, depth, condition, and the primary cause of your sewer line problem. The crystal clear video will show us if your pipes have developed pinhole leaks, large cracks, or if tree roots have choked the flow. For older pipe material like clay, our technicians will check the joints where they are most vulnerable. Cast iron pipes may exhibit advanced corrosion, while PVC or ABS pipes are likely to have cracks or offset joints due to poor installation.

As tree roots enter the pipes they grow and swarm the space, building up pressure until the pipes break apart, ultimately causing an emergency and extensive damage to your property.

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Clearing Roots Using Hydro Jetting

Hydro jetting is a revolutionary type of cleaning that uses pressurized water to blast invading roots, calcified matter and stuck debris out of the pipes. A hose with a special nozzle is inserted into existing access points and blasts out water in every direction, hitting all interior points of the sewer lines. The pressure is carefully regulated by our trained technicians to prevent unnecessary pipe damage. The result is a smooth inner pipe that’s free of debris.

Strengthening Your Oregon Or Washington Pipe System

After cleaning via hydro jetting is completed, our technicians prepare for trenchless repairs. This procedure will cover existing cracks, leaks, and holes where roots have penetrated using a special epoxy resin via an inflatable liner. After a few hours, the resin hardens, forming a new pipe within the old one. The material is very durable and will not crack, corrode, rust or fall apart because of shrub or tree roots. The jointless, seamless feature ensures proper flow and less maintenance during its 50-year lifespan.

Contact Apollo Experts To Clear Roots And Control Future Problems

Early detection is the best kind of prevention when it comes to pesky tree root invasion. At Apollo, we use state-of-the-art equipment to assess our Portland and Vancouver clients’ pipes and see if there’s any potential problem that needs to be addressed down the road. Aside from that, forethought and planning, such as knowing the location of your pipes and planting trees far away from them, lessen the risk of emergencies happening in the future.

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Trenchless Repair FAQs

What is trenchless sewer repair?

Trenchless sewer repair refers to several technologies that allow us to clean out or repair your sewer pipes without digging up your whole yard. Traditional sewer repair involves digging a trench along the entire length of your sewer line, from your home to where it joins the city’s line in the street. This often involved taking out grass, trees, sidewalks, driveways, and more! With trenchless sewer repair, you can get a long-lasting fix to your sewer problem without all that hassle and expense. 

How do you know what is going on in my sewer without digging it up to take a look?

We’ll send a small camera on a flexible cable down the entire length of your sewer line. Our camera gives us a clear, 360-degree view of your entire sewer line. It allows us to see any clogs in the line, cracks or breaks in the pipe, or other potential problems with the line. It also allows us to determine the exact location of the problems so we can target our repairs accordingly. 

What is hydro jetting?

Hydro jetting involves shooting a controlled, concentrated stream of water into your pipes. We can direct this stream so that it targets the scum and scale that has built up on the sides of your pipes or so that it decimates clogs in the lines. The water is so concentrated that it can break up even tough clogs, including some tree roots. After hydro jetting, your clog won’t just be gone, but the insides of your pipes will look brand new. 

What is cured-in-place piping (CIPP)?

Cured-in-place piping technology allows us to reline your sewer pipes without having to dig up the line. We turn the liner inside out and cover the inside with epoxy. Then, we run the liner into your line until it covers the crack or break in your sewer pipe. Our machines turn the pipe liner right side out again, allowing the epoxy to adhere to the existing pipe. Then we heat the inside of the liner so the epoxy can form a lasting seal. When we’re done, your pipe will have a brand new interior lining. 

How long will CIPP last?

The project duration for your CIPP repair will vary based on the products we use, the length of pipe replaced, and other factors. However, many products come with a 10-year warranty and you can actually expect them to last for 50 years or more. The liner resists corrosion by water and other substances and provides a barrier that repels tree roots, too. 

Will trenchless sewer repair save me money?

Most of the time, trenchless sewer repair is not only the fastest and easiest way to fix your sewer line, but it’s also the cheapest, too. While we cannot quote a price for your project until we know what is going on in your sewer line and what you need to have done, experience has shown that trenchless repairs almost always cost less than those done via traditional methods. 


Trenchless repair is cheaper simply because you don’t have to pay to have your yard dug up and you don’t have to pay to have it put back together when we’re done, either. Eliminating these costs means that all you pay for is the repair itself.

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