How Tree Roots Can Damage Your Plumbing

How Tree Roots Can Damage Your Plumbing

Did you know that tree roots can clog the pipes that go into or out of your septic tank? Over time, this can lead to a serious problem and can even result in raw sewage leaching out into your yard. Along with being highly unsanitary, this can also lead to sewage infecting your plants and crops. In some cases, the sewage can even back up into your home.

The roots may be small, but they can grow quickly and will become matted with grease, tissue paper, and other waste from your home. Over time, this can cause your sewer to back up into your home.

Once the roots break through the point of entry can be used by other plant roots in the future. This means that even though you may have treated the original problem, it does not necessarily mean that new roots will not eventually grow back.

Drain Clogs

Once there is an obstruction in your sewer lines the rest of your plumbing will begin acting up as well. The drains in your home will  back up, so if you notice that your drains or toilets are repeatedly clogging, this may be a sign that your sewer line has a blockage.

Standing Water

Standing water in your yard is a good indication that you have a damaged sewer line. The standing water may contain waste from your home. This unsanitary water can affect your plants and yard so it is important to have the problem rectified as soon as possible.

Unpleasant Odors

If raw sewage leaches into your yard it will undoubtedly create foul odors that can be difficult to face. These smells can quickly creep into your home, making it nearly unlivable.

Call the Pros

The best way to prevent further problems is to have your local plumbing company repair the damaged area or replace the piping, depending on the severity of the problem. A qualified, licensed, and insured plumber can advise you on the necessary repairs and associated cost of service after they have conducted a thorough camera inspection and aboveground assessment of the problem.


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