Sewer root cutting tools

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Sewer root cutting tools
You need the right tools to clear your sewer pipe of tree roots. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A blocked sewerage pipe causes major damage, including even backing up sewerage into your house. Tree roots are a major reason why sewerage systems become blocked. The roots block exits or even grow into the pipe, cracking and breaking it. To clear roots from your sewer system, you need the appropriate tools. Always keep trees an adequate distance away from septic and sewerage systems. Generally, the size of the tree determines the distance away that you need to plant it. For example, plant a 30-foot oak 30 feet away from the sewerage.

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You must first remove any trees near your sewer system. If you clear away the current roots, you still need to deal with them in the future if the tree is still there. Chainsaws are usually either electrical or gas. If you are near an outlet, you can use an electrical, corded chainsaw. If not, invest in either a gas or cordless, battery-powered chainsaw. Ensure that your chainsaw is sharp before using it, and never just use the bar tip, which may cause the chainsaw to kick backwards. Always wear gloves and safety goggles when operating a chainsaw.


This tool uses both water pressure and rotating tips to clear away debris and cut through roots. The Hydrojetter pushes between 17 and 18 gallons of water per minute through the pipe, and it creates up to 1814 Kilogram per square inch (psi). The head of the tool features small tips, and these tips are generally made of wire. The tips spin at rates between 20,000 and 50,000 revolutions per minute according to Lowe's Home Improvement store. This tool is very expensive, but you can rent it.


A sewer snake or auger is a device that moves through a sewer pipe and helps you remove any debris from the sewer walls. Since the head of the auger has sharp blades, it also cuts through any roots clogging the end or hanging throughout the pipe. A sewer snake is usually attached to a steel cable, and it is fed into the opening of the pipe. This cable is connected to a machine that mechanically forces the auger through the pipe. The sewer snake is very flexible and easily moves throughout the length of the pipe.


A scorpion cutter operates via pneumatic power, and the blade sits on the end of a hose. The tool gets its name from the three cutters on the end of the head, and these blades look like scorpion legs. The scorpion cutter rotates very fast, and it removes any type of blockage, including tree roots. Usually, the cutters have a video camera, which help you navigate your way through the pipe.

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