How to Deal with Tree Roots in Sewer Lines

How to Deal with Tree Roots in Sewer Lines

It may come as no surprise that tree roots grow towards sewer lines. Why? These underground pipes are a source of water, nutrients, and oxygen — all things that roots crave.

If tree roots find even a small crack in the line, they will grow into the pipe and create some severe blockages (among other headaches) for the homeowner, often leading to thousands of dollars in repairs.

So how do you prevent this scenario? We’ve got you covered:

How Do Tree Roots Get in Sewer Lines

Much like us, tree roots also need water and oxygen to grow and survive. They’ll travel a great distance in search of moisture, often extending up to two or three times the height of a tree (sometimes even longer pending tree type or age of the tree). If you have trees or shrubs near your sewer line, there’s a chance you’ll experience blockages or pipe damage.

How to Prevent Tree Roots in Sewer Lines

Know the warning signs.

Clogs in your home are bound to happen from time to time, but if you experience drain clogs frequently, you may have a more significant issue. Common red flags: finding water backing up out of a drain or toilet, or hearing gurgling sounds. If your home is telling you something isn’t quite right, listen — and give us a call!

Get your sewer line inspected.

Don’t wait until a visible sign of a sewer line break, be proactive and get an inspection now to save you money from sewer repairs down the line. Since your sewer line is hidden from plain sight, it’s hard to immediately diagnosis any problems. That’s where our Chicagoland video camera inspections come in! One of our sewer professionals will be able to locate any problems, pinpoint its location, and make any necessary repairs.

Plant sewer safe trees.

Before you start on some new landscaping, consider what you’re planting. Limit the number of plants near your sewer line and choose “sewer safe” trees — like an Amur Maple, Flowering Dogwood, or Cypress. These trees are slow-growing and smaller than some other choices.

Call Precision Plumbing for Cost-Effective Drain Cleaning Services

If you notice you have trees growing near your sewer line or are experiencing some telltale signs of a drain issue, contact Precision Plumbing today! We are capable of addressing just about any drain or sewer issue, including complete sewer line replacement.

Give us a call at (630) 280-3221 or contact us online to learn more!

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