Tree and Shrub Roots Can Damage Exterior Pipes

Posted on November 27, 2019
Close up of a root in pipe

Trees are a great addition to a property. They add curb appeal, provide shade, buffer noise, and cool our homes, streets and cities. But, there there is a downside to having trees too close to your home or business. Tree roots can cause serious damage to your plumbing.

Over time, sewer pipes can crack or corrode due to seismic shifts, construction, or age. When that happens, pipes start to leak water, nutrients, and oxygen. And when a root finds that leak, it will start to grow toward it. After all, tree roots want all the water and nutrients they can get!

While it’s natural for roots to grow toward those elements, which are vital for the growth of a tree, it can be a major headache for the homeowner. Roots that find their way into pipes grow rapidly, impeding the flow of waste to the main sewer line and eventually creating clogs that back up into your home.

The best way to prevent unsanitary health problems and costly repairs is to know the warning signs. Those include:

  • Frequently clogged and difficult to clear drains
  • Slow flowing drains
  • Gurgling noises coming from the toilets
  • Sewer odors in the yard
  • Sunken areas of the lawn

If you’ve noticed one or more of the warning signs, it’s possible tree roots could be wreaking havoc on your plumbing system. Call a plumber right away. A skilled professional can perform a thorough video inspection to determine if roots are present, the location of the possible problem area(s), and the best removal techniques. He will also assess if sections of the sewer line should be replaced.

Even if you’re not having problems with your sewer, it’s still a good idea to be proactive. After all, mature trees can have thousands of feet of root system, extending several times farther than the height of the tree. Cleaning sewer lines regularly prevents root growth inside the pipes, and could save you from spending thousands to repair plumbing damages in the future. Contact Raider Rooter today for a thorough cleaning.

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