Dangers Of Tree Roots In Your Sewer Line
Tree roots and underground sewer lines can peacefully coexist. However, when the two do cross paths, it can cause major damage, resulting in both a headache for the homeowner and depletion of the bank account. Tree root intrusion is one of the most common causes of damage to sewer lines. Pipes that are in good condition can generally deflect the intrusion of roots. However, pipes with cracks or weak spots are highly susceptible to root damage, as roots, especially those of large and fast growing trees, are drawn to the moisture and nutrients released by the pipe.
If not disturbed, roots will fill the pipe with a net like mass catching all the grease, tissue paper and fats disposed by your household. If this happens, you’ll first notice slow-flowing drainage. You might also hear a gurgling noise when flushing the toilet. When this happens, is it important to take action right away, because if no action is taken, the pipe will be taken over and collapse.
A collapsed sewer line is a nasty and expensive undertaking. When this happens, you’ll experience a sewage backup into your home. Dark and smelly water will start gushing out of your toilets or shower heads, and if not dealt with right away, could flood an entire area of your home. A collapsed sewer line requires cleanup services and a costly process of having the pipe dug up and replaced.
To prevent this from happening, make sure you don’t plant large fast growing trees near your sewer lines. Also, be sure that your existing trees have the proper nutrients and are watered accordingly. If you notice slow drainage or excessive clogged toilets, get a professional to take a look. A camera can be placed down the drain to find out for sure if you have a tree root intrusion, and the pipe can be fixed before you have a major catastrophe on your hands.