Water Hammers: Hazards, Causes, & Solutions

Your household plumbing system should operate quietly. If you often hear a loud knocking noise when shutting off a water fixture in your home, then that is a sign that you may have a common plumbing problem called a water hammer.

Water hammers typically occur when water in a home plumbing system suddenly changes direction or pressure in a home water pipes increases suddenly, causing pipe hydraulic shock. This shock can cause pipes to vibrate and bang against each other or against interior components of your walls, creating this knocking sound or even causing your home walls to vibrate.

Read on learn about water hammer hazards, along with their numerous causes and solutions.

Water Hammer Hazards

A water hammer can be a symptom of an underlying plumbing system problem, and allowing pipes to vibrate and bang against each other for an extended period of time can lead to even more plumbing problems.

As pipes shake and knock against each other, pipe connections can loosen and joints can deteriorate. When pipe connections are no longer secure, water can begin leaking at these connection sites. Water leaks that occur inside of walls often go unnoticed until water begins seeping into interior living spaces and causing extensive damage.

Water Hammer Causes & Solutions

Many home plumbing and appliance problems can lead to the development of water hammers.

Water in Plumbing Air Chambers

Homes built before the 1960s typically have plumbing systems equipped with air chambers, which are pipe sections filled with air. These chambers help regulate pipe water pressure to limit water hammer occurrence. Over time, air chambers can fill with water, limiting their ability to prevent water hammers.

Thankfully, most homeowners can remove water from plumbing air chambers easily. First, shut off your home’s main water supply valve. Then, run all of your water fixtures until all water is drained from your home plumbing system. Finally, turn your main water supply valve back on.

Draining your entire home plumbing system typically removes all water from air chambers to help them begin performing their task properly again.

Loose Water Supply Lines or Old, Unstable Pipes

Some water hammers are caused by loose water supply lines or old pipes that are no longer secured to the home’s framework properly. When pipes are not secured to the home’s framework properly, they can move around and create noise as water flows through them.

If you suspect your water hammers are caused by old pipes lacking their proper fasteners, then have a plumber come inspect your plumbing system and attach fasteners where needed to stop water hammers.

High Water Pressure

While low water pressure can be an annoyance, water pressure that is too high can exert pressure on your pipes that can create numerous problems, including water hammers. Ideally, your water pressure should not exceed 80 pounds per square inch (PSI) to limit water hammer occurrence.

You can test your water pressure with a kit you can purchase at a local hardware store. If your water pressure exceeds 80 PSI, then have a licensed plumber add a pressure regulator to your home’s main water supply line to reduce water hammer occurrence.

Appliance Problem

If a water hammer occurs in your home only when you run one specific appliance, then the water hammer may be caused by the appliance. Washing machines and dishwashers often cause water hammers because their water valves close very quickly.

To stop a water hammer caused by a single home appliance, have a plumber install a fixture called a water hammer arrestor on the appliance or water line that serves it. A water hammer arrestor contains a cushion of air that absorbs hydraulic shock that can cause water hammers as the appliance water valve closes.

If you hear a knocking sound when you shut off a water fixture, you likely have a plumbing water hammer that could lead to a leaky pipe if it is not remedied. Contact the experts at Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter for plumbing repairs needed to stop your water hammer problem today.

Benefits of Installing Low-Flow Showerheads in Rental Units

If you own or manage rental properties, chances are you’ve had problems with wasted water, clogged drains, or other shower-related plumbing issues in the past. Your plumber can help you find ways to care for the rental units’ plumbing while ensuring that the units are also attractive to potential renters. For instance, a low-flow showerhead […]

3 Practical Tips to Prevent Water Damage

Repairing water damage to your home can cost thousands of dollars. Depending on the location of the leak and how long it goes unnoticed, water damage can leave your home uninhabitable for days or even weeks during repairs. Because this type of damage can be so costly and inconvenient, the best approach is always a preventative one.

While not all types of water damage come from plumbing issues, many do. Learning to recognize and address potential sources of leaks can help to save you money and maintain your home’s value. Below, you will find three practical ways to ensure that your house doesn’t become the victim of a plumbing disaster.

1. Check for Hidden Leaks

A surprising number of locations around any home have exposed plumbing, and many of these can be potential sources of leaks. Learning to check for moisture in these areas can help you to spot problems before they cause additional damage. Unchecked leaks in out-of-the-way places can be especially harmful since they can promote the growth of mold.

A good habit is to check under your sinks at least once per month. If you store cleaning supplies or other items in these areas, then be sure to remove them and thoroughly inspect the whole cabinet. Small leaks do not always produce noticeable amounts of water, so you’ll need to check surfaces for signs of dampness or moldy smells.

Laundry rooms are another common source of hidden leaks. If you can’t easily move your washer and dryer, then you should still check behind them at least every few months with a flashlight. Look for signs of water dripping on the floor. Bulges in the hoses connected to your washer may be another early sign of brewing trouble.

2. Install a Moisture Sensor

Basements may not be common in Phoenix, but many homes still have crawl spaces. If you have plumbing running through one of these areas, then small leaks can potentially cause extensive damage before you discover them. Even in Arizona’s heavy, dry heat, crawl spaces are ideal spaces for leaks that lead to high humidity, wood rot, and mold growth.

Unfortunately, crawl spaces are rarely easy to access, and checking them for leaks can be time-consuming and dirty. Moisture sensors offer a modern, high-tech, and hands-off solution to this problem. Even cheap units typically include a remote sensor that you can install in your crawl space so that you can monitor moisture levels from the comfort of your couch.

More advanced moisture sensors include smart home integration or warnings that trigger when moisture levels exceed a specified limit. Whichever type you choose to use, this relatively small investment can help to alert you to crawl space leaks before they lead to extensive and hard-to-detect damage.

3. Know the Signs of Failing Plumbing

Pipes typically provide plenty of warning before they fail, but homeowners often fail to recognize the early signs of trouble. If your home uses copper plumbing, then keep an eye out for any indications of corrosion. Early on, you may notice discolored water or stains on your fixtures. Any sign of a blueish-green tint means that copper has dissolved in your water.

For exposed copper plumbing, look for discoloration and a grainy texture on the outside of the pipes. Corrosion in newer pipes often indicates an issue with water quality, so recognizing the signs of trouble can help you to prevent leaks as well as address the underlying problem. If left for too long, corroded pipes will eventually develop pinhole leaks or even burst.

Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter can help you to inspect and maintain your home’s plumbing to prevent costly water damage. If you suspect an issue with the pipes in your home, then give us a call to schedule an appointment today.

Things to Look for During a Plumbing Inspection

House inspection is a critical step when buying a home. During the inspection, you should pay attention to the structural integrity, roofing system, security features, interiors, HVAC systems, appliances, electrical systems, exteriors, and plumbing systems.

A reliable plumbing system allows free flow of clean water and wastewater in and out of the house, respectively. Therefore, you need to inspect the plumbing systems with the help of a professional before you close the deal. Here are things to look for during plumbing inspection.

Water Heater

The efficacy of a water heater can help you assess the performance of the entire plumbing system. Switch on any faucet and find out whether the heater produces enough hot water or not. Do this for a couple of minutes to detect any temperature fluctuations.

If you hear strange sounds from the water heater, this could be a sign of sediment buildup that needs to be flushed.

Remember to check for any leak signs around the water heater. Make sure the pipes and other fittings are well connected and sealed. With the help of a technician, you should identify signs of loose parts, leaks, and faulty accessories and estimate the repair or replacement costs.

Moreover, the plumbing technician can help you check the heater type in the house in question and offer advice based on the degree of efficiency.

Kitchen

In the kitchen you need to check the sink, garbage disposal, shutoff valves, and other kitchen appliances. Here is how to inspect them.

Sink

Turn on the faucet and check for any leakage around it or slow draining. You can let tap water run for a few minutes and watch how it behaves.

Be wary of water that drains slowly because this could a sign of blockage. Fortunately, a plumber can disassemble the sink, clean the drain, or replace any problematic parts.

Even if the drain is in good condition, however, you need to observe proper maintenance strategies to prevent clogging once you buy the house.

Garbage Disposal Unit

Check for any leaks from the garbage disposal, and let the plumber tighten the connections. Strange smells from the garbage disposal is a common sign of clogs. Since the garbage disposal units might also fail to turn on, you should test it during the inspection session.

Shutoff Valves

Shutoff valves regulate water supply to your taps and appliances. Turn off different valves to find out if they affect the water supply. If not, you need to repair or replace the faulty ones.

Appliances

Kitchen appliances, such as dishwashers, also depend on the home’s plumbing system. During the inspection, turn on the dishwasher and carefully assess how it functions. Check how long it takes to fill or drain, and make sure the shutoff valve that controls it works.

Bathroom

In the bathroom, make sure the faucets don’t leak. Also, find out if the bathroom drains are clogged by hair or soap scum. If you notice any issues, you can hire the technician to open the drains and eliminate any trapped debris.

Toilet

Open the toilet cistern, flush, and watch how it behaves. A toilet that flushes continuously wastes a lot of water and might need repairs or replacements. Also, check for any leaks around the toilet.

Main Sewer Drains

If you want to buy an old home, the main sewer drain may have root intrusion and other issues that can block your sewer line. A professional plumber can use camera inspection to detect any signs of cracks, corrosion, or root intrusion and advise accordingly.

You need to inspect various parts of a plumbing system before you buy a home. This guide provides you with a checklist that can make your work easier and help you avoid costly mistakes.

Our company offers plumbing inspection and repair services for residential properties, commercial properties, foreclosure properties, and condos. Contact us today for quality services.

No Toilet Paper? The Do’s and Don’ts of Safe TP Substitution

Is your household out of toilet paper? Whether a shortage affects your area or you just forgot to shop for the necessary bathroom item, take a look at the do’s and don’ts of your next steps. Read more

3 Signs of Water Quality Issues

Ordinary drinking water from your kitchen sink’s tap offers some significant advantages over bottled water for everyday use, from its cheaper cost to the inclusion of fluoride to encourage strong teeth. Unfortunately, even though the city purifies its water supply, household plumbing problems can introduce unwanted additions.

If you worry about the quality of your family’s drinking water, you can benefit from some basic knowledge about common telltale symptoms of water quality issues and their potential origins. Pay attention to the following three warning signs.

1. Unusual Tastes or Odors

Of all the troubles plaguing your drinking water, none will get your attention as swiftly and dramatically as a foul taste or unusual odor. In most cases, the underlying cause does not pose a direct threat to your health, but you may still find your water unpleasant until you eliminate the problem.

Taste and odor problems caused by algae can spoil the enjoyment of drinking water for entire communities. In Phoenix, the most common culprits include geosmin and methylisoborneol algae. An unpleasant smell may linger long after the city has successfully treated the water and removed the actual algae.

Sometimes the chlorine employed as part of this purification process imparts a swimming-pool taste and odor to the water. If you cannot tolerate even faint traces of this chemical, invest in a pitcher or faucet attachment that contains a carbon filter. This simple step can remove most of the substances causing the trouble.

A rotten-egg taste and smell indicates either sulfate minerals or hydrogen sulfide gas. Although this odor should trigger concern if it emerges from your toilet due to flammable, toxic sewer gas, it does not mean that your drinking water poses a safety hazard. However, your water heater might need professional treatment.

2. Floating Debris

Tap water may contain floating debris. The color and general appearance of this debris can provide clues as to what kind of substance has infiltrated your water supply and why. If you use a carbon filter, tiny black particles could simply represent carbon particles that have escaped from the filtration device.

If the black particles in your water look like rubber, you may have found tiny pieces of rubber coming from a deteriorated rubber seal or hose. A plumbing technician can replace the worn component, eliminating the issue.

In well-water systems, brown or earth-colored specks of dirt can enter drinking water. In systems that rely on the city’s plumbing supply, small pieces of iron from deteriorated pipes can appear brown or black. These particles won’t poison you, but they can clog up your plumbing fixtures over time.

3. Discoloration

Tap water that doesn’t look perfectly colorless may startle you. Water that assumes a milky haze may contain excess calcium, a problem known as hard water. Most people can drink hard water without safety concerns, but the accumulated calcium forms lime scale which narrows pipes and reduces water efficiency.

Brown water commonly contains rust or dissolved iron. As unappealing as it may look, the level of iron in the water won’t harm you unless you have a health condition that makes you sensitive to this element. However, it does mean that some part of your plumbing system has started to corrode.

Tap water can also take on a light blue or green coloration. These shades often mean that copper has leached into your water from a corroded pipe or other plumbing appliance. Excessive copper intake over time can cause liver or kidney trouble as well as anemia. Replace the corroded component to avoid long-term problems.

Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter can check out your home plumbing system, diagnose any issues affecting the quality of your drinking water, and make the recommended fixes to improve the situation. Contact us today to schedule plumbing service.

Slab Leaks 101: A Homeowner’s Guide

A typical Phoenix home sits on top of a concrete slab that serves as its foundation. Unfortunately, this slab can play host to some serious problems, including plumbing leaks that allow water to accumulate in or under them. A slab leak can make your home feel uncomfortably humid and can cause major structural damage.

Since you can’t afford to let a neglected or undiagnosed slab leak wreck your residence, you can benefit tremendously from a basic understanding of this worrying problem and its potential solutions. Check out this introductory homeowner’s guide on the subject.

Why Slab Leaks Occur

A home’s plumbing pipes extend both through the walls and beneath the foundation. Leaks in these pipes can occur at any point in the plumbing system, including this difficult-to-access subterranean area.

Slab leaks may occur for a variety of reasons. In the majority of cases, copper or galvanized steel pipes have simply worn out due to age and corrosion. Underground pipes may face an elevated risk of premature wear due to the extra stresses and pressures they must endure, including the expansion and contraction of surrounding clay.

Corrosion may occur more rapidly if your slab pipes carry unusually alkaline or acidic water. These extremes can cause chemical reactions that damage metal pipes, not only underground but throughout your plumbing system.

Slab pipes also wear out due to abrasion. Pipes tend to move, especially when hot water courses through them and causes them to expand. When the pipes rub against other underground materials and structures, they can thin out and develop weak spots.

When to Suspect a Slab Leak

Slab leaks can prove hard to notice, but close observation may reveal certain telltale clues of their presence. Moisture in the home should always alert you to a potential plumbing problem, including a slab leak. Wet carpeting, damp floorboards, and unexplained mold growth merit immediate evaluation.

Your ears may also warn you of a slab leak. If you hear a faint sound of running water whose source you can’t identify, you may have discovered an underground plumbing problem. Other changes to watch out for include elevated water bills (without a corresponding increase in water usage) and low water pressure.

How Plumbers Fix Slab Leaks

Experienced plumbers equipped with the right tools can locate even the most elusive slab leaks. In the simplest cases, a specific area of dampness may point directly to the leak’s location. If necessary, plumbers can use sonar, infrared, or helium detection devices to pinpoint invisible leaks.

A leaky pipe underneath a concrete slab might require the plumber to go through the floor (with the aid of a jackhammer) to access the pipe in question. Another alternative would be to cap the leaking line and run a new line through the attic and walls with PEX pipe. It usually makes more sense to replace sections of aging, corroded pipes than to try patching them. The replacements can help ensure many years of trouble-free service.

Your original slab pipe layout may have contributed to your current problem. A slab pipe routed next to abrasive structures or through unstable ground may face continuing vulnerability to leaks. If this is the case, your plumber can put a stop to this issue simply by rerouting the new slab piping.

How to Prevent Future Slab Leaks

You can’t control every possible factor in slab leak development, such as ground shifting that affects your foundation and the pipes underneath it. However, you can take certain steps to reduce the risk of future leaks.

Measure the pH level of your household water periodically, using a home testing kit. If you get a pH reading lower than 7 or higher than 8, you may need to install a water softener or other corrective device. Blue or reddish stains on your plumbing fixtures can also alert you to a pH imbalance.

Have the water pressure tested on your home. If you pressure is over 60 consider having a pressure reducing valve installed on your home. This will help to protect both your appliances and pipes for surges in pressure.

If you believe that you might have a slab leak, act immediately to get the problem evaluated and corrected. Contact Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter today to get the help you need from our skilled technicians.

4 Reasons to Switch to a Tankless Water Heater

When it’s time to upgrade your home’s water heating solution, you should know that a storage tank water heater is no longer your only option. Tankless water heaters improve on traditional water heater technology in multiple ways, and many homeowners are making the switch to take advantage of these improvements. Here are four reasons you should consider switching to a tankless water heater.

1. On-Demand Hot Water

Imagine if your home could have immediate access to a virtually unlimited supply of hot water, rather than being limited to what was stored in your water heater tank. This is now possible with tankless water heaters, and these heaters are also known as on-demand water heaters for this reason. Tankless water heaters use gas burners to directly heat water as it flows into your home from the water main.

If you have a large home or household, a single water heater may not be able to meet demand in some cases. This is because tankless heaters have a slower flow rate than storage tank models. Fortunately, you can overcome this limitation by installing two or more tankless heaters so that your home has enough hot water for even the heaviest use cases.

2. Energy Savings

While the up-front costs of tankless water heaters is higher than storage tank heaters, the energy efficiency of these units lets them pay for themselves over the years. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homes that use less than 41 gallons of water per day could see energy savings of 24 to 34 percent.

The cost difference between tankless and storage tank water heaters is further offset by the longer lifespan of tankless heaters. With proper maintenance, you can expect a tankless heater to last more than 20 years. Every year that you use your tankless heater beyond the 10- to 15-year lifespan of a storage tank heater, you’re saving both on energy costs and on the installation cost of a new unit.

3. Low Maintenance Requirements

As with any water heater, the biggest enemy of tankless heaters is hard water. Hard water is water that contains an above-average concentration of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. As water flows through your tankless heater, these minerals will settle on the heating element as scale. Scale buildup inhibits heat transfer, wastes energy, and can damage your heater.

Hiring a technician to service your tankless water heater yearly is the best way to get the longest possible life out of the heater. The technician will flush the water heater with a descaling and deliming chemical to remove set-in mineral deposits from the heat exchanger. If your area is notorious for hard water, you may want to schedule maintenance more frequently, such as every six months.

Other than hard water removal, tankless heaters don’t usually require other frequent maintenance tasks. If you have that scheduled on your calendar, you don’t have to worry about your tank.

4. Reduced Risk of Water Damage

Storage tank water heaters keep tens of gallons of water inside your home at all times. A storage tank heater is a trusted design that meets building code standards, but a leak that results in hundreds of dollars of water damage and mold growth is not impossible. As the tank ages, there is even a possibility that it could rupture. Tankless water heaters reduce the risk of expensive water damage repairs in the future.

When it’s time to upgrade your water heater, a tankless heater could provide the performance improvements and energy savings that you’re looking for. Contact us at Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter for top-tier plumbing service, installations, and repairs, and we’ll help you find a water heating solution that you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Avoid Habits That Could Waste Money on Water Heating

With regular hot water heater use, you use up water, energy (in the form of electricity or gas), and even water heater parts, albeit more slowly. All of these things cost money, and careless use of your hot water heater could mean that you spend more than necessary.

If you’re interested in saving money on your hot water heater operation and upkeep, you’ll want to streamline your use of both the heater itself and any appliances and fixtures that use hot water. Start by checking for these potentially wasteful hot water habits in your life.

1. Using Hot Water Unnecessarily

Using more hot water than you really need can cost extra money on your electric or gas bill. If you habitually use warm or hot water for your laundry, the water heating process will increase the cost of your laundry washing. In many cases, washing clothing with just cold water could be a workable alternative.

Some other ways to cut back on hot water use include:

  • Maximize dishwasher and clothes washer cycles by only running washers when they’re full.
  • Take quicker showers or even slightly cooler showers.
  • Don’t leave the faucet running while you wash dishes.

Look at your own daily routine, and see if you can find any other places where you might be able to cut back on hot water.

2. Ignoring Potential Efficiency Upgrades

If your water heater is old, you may want to consider an upgrade. You may be able to either switch the heater out for a more efficient heater (such as a tankless model of water heater) or simply upgrade its efficiency with more insulation. Similarly, insulate your hot water pipes to avoid heat loss so you don’t pay for heat you don’t use.

Another type of efficiency upgrade regarding your water use is to install low-flow fixtures and more efficient appliances. For example, an Energy Star dishwasher could save several gallons of hot water with each cycle. Check all your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room fixtures and appliances to see which ones may need an upgrade.

Not all of these upgrades will be cost-effective for everyone. For instance, replacing the water heater with a slightly more efficient one may not make financial sense if your current heater is still new. Talk to your plumber about which upgrades would be the best for your situation.

3. Avoiding Water Heater Maintenance

Many home systems may suffer from reduced efficiency or increased wear and tear if you avoid maintenance, but with a water heater, the results can be far worse. One regular maintenance step for water heaters is replacing the anode rod. If the anode rod fails due to neglect, you may not know about it until your water heater has rusted through, causing a flood.

Total water heater replacement plus water damage remediation can be quite expensive, especially when compared to the low costs of regular maintenance.

4. Leaving Heater Turned On and Turned Up

Do you use your hot water heater while you sleep? What about while you’re away at work? If the answer is no, you may waste money keeping your water hot all day and all night. This is especially the case if you have the heater on a higher setting, since keeping the water at 140 degrees takes more energy than keeping it at 120.

Keeping the water heater set to 120 degrees, and having your plumber install a timer to regulate when the water heater turns on, can help you save quite a bit of energy.

The habits described here aren’t necessarily negative (for instance, people with a respiratory condition or a suppressed immune system may need their heater set at 140 degrees). However, if you do discover any of these habits in your life, you may be able to consciously change them in order to save money on water heating.

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Key Information About Tree Root Intrusion and Your Pipes

Sewage and water pipes run under the soil of your yard, as do tree roots. When roots and pipes collide, the pipes are usually the ones to give way. Indeed, tree root intrusion can cause major plumbing issues, which include a sewer line clog and sewage backup into your home. Find out everything you need to know about tree root intrusion.

Cause of Tree Root Intrusion

Obviously tree roots cause intrusion, and they do so because the natural instinct for any living thing is to survive. They’re usually seeking out water and nutrients. Your plumbing supplies both the water and the nutrients of the wastewater coming from your sinks and toilets.

Tree roots can crush plumbing pipes. However, you’re more likely to have a problem with the roots sending offshoots into the pipes themselves. They worm their way into cracks or loose joints in damaged plumbing. As they grow, they create an obstruction in your pipes.

Older homes are more susceptible to tree root intrusion. One reason is that they’re more likely to have plumbing made of clay tile, cast iron, or asphalt composite, none of which are as airtight as modern plumbing materials. The roots are also more likely to intrude on pipes installed within the top 24 inches of soil.

Most Aggressive Trees for Root Intrusion

While all tree roots have the ability to damage pipes and sewer lines, some species are more aggressive than others. These species include the following:

  • Ash
  • Sweetgum
  • Poplar and cottonwood
  • Oak
  • Locus
  • Willow
  • Basswood
  • Tulip tree
  • Sycamore
  • Some maples and boxelders

Your best bet is to avoid planting these trees near your sewer system. However, if they already exist in your yard, watch for signs that they’re invading your pipes.

Detection of Tree Root Intrusion

Your first step in detecting tree root intrusion is to pay attention to your plumbing. A common sign that roots have invaded your pipes is a gurgling noise, which is the water trying to flow past the roots. Another sign is slow-moving drains.

If you suspect you have tree root intrusion, consider calling professional plumbers for help. They’ll likely perform a camera inspection. They’ll thread a camera lens attached to optic cables through the sewer cleanout. As the camera moves through the pipe, they’ll watch the monitor for signs of tree roots or other obstructions.

Home Treatment of Tree Root Intrusion

If the problem of your tree root intrusion is in the beginning stages, you might try to treat it yourself. Generally, the home remedy is to send a chemical root killer down your toilet on a timed basis. The chemical kills the roots that come into contact with your pipelines. Be aware that some products can be corrosive to your pipes.

You could also try flushing rock salt down the toilet to kill the roots. Use the road salt. Flush it down the toilet once every month or two. That method works best in the initial stages of intrusion. Note that the rock salt will only kill the roots. It does not remove them from the pipe. If you think you already have some obstruction, call Moon Valley Plumbing to have the pipe hydro jetted.

Professional Treatment of Root Intrusion

Chemicals and even salt can be harmful to your existing landscape. So, if you suspect you have tree root intrusion, a good idea is to call for a camera inspection.

Once the plumbers have verified you have root intrusion in your pipes, they might make different suggestions. One recommendation is to use an auger to bore through the roots. If your root ball is too large for an auger, Moon Valley Plumbing can use the hydro jetter to cut out the roots with high-pressure water. This process also flushes the roots out of your pipe into the city mainline. If the pipe is crushed or damaged, though, they may recommend replacement of the existing pipe.

Watch for the signs of tree root intrusion, and have the issue solved before it becomes too costly. Moon Valley Plumbing and Rooter can help you with any of your plumbing issues.