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Mar 22,2024

How Tree Roots Can Damage Your Plumbing

Trees are beautiful additions to any landscape, providing shade, aesthetic appeal, and ecological benefits. However, their root systems can pose significant risks to underground plumbing, particularly water lines and sewer lines.

In this article brought to you by Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we explore how tree roots can damage plumbing. We’ll also share signs indicating sewer line damage. We cannot stress enough the importance of timely sewer repair. Mr. Rooter is proud to offer trenchless sewer line replacement and repair, which are methods that minimize digging and the need for restoration when the plumber leaves.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing for reliable and affordable plumbing service. We are happy to schedule a convenient appointment or arrange an emergency plumbing repair for as soon as possible. Our team is on standby for your call or message today.

How Tree Roots Damage Plumbing

Tree roots naturally seek out water sources, which is not a problem if you water trees sufficiently. However, quenched parched tree roots can infiltrate and penetrate plumbing pipes in their search for water, potentially causing various forms of damage:

  1. Pipe Blockages: Tree roots can enter pipes through small cracks or joints, gradually expanding and causing blockages. This obstructs the flow of water or sewage, leading to backups and potential flooding.
  2. Pipe Leaks: Root intrusion can weaken pipe walls and create leaks. These leaks not only waste water but also contribute to soil erosion and potential structural damage to surrounding areas.
  3. Pipe Collapse: In severe cases, extensive root growth inside pipes can lead to pipe collapse, requiring costly and disruptive repairs or replacements.

Signs of Sewer Line Damage

Property owners should be vigilant for signs indicating sewer line damage caused by tree roots. Common indicators include:

  • Slow Drainage: Persistent slow drainage in multiple sinks, showers, or toilets may signify partial blockages in the sewer line due to root intrusion.
  • Foul Odors: The smell of sewage emanating from drains or the yard can indicate leaks or cracks in the sewer line caused by tree roots.
  • Wet Patches or Sinkholes: Areas of the yard with unusually wet patches or sinkholes may indicate underground leaks from damaged sewer lines.
  • Lush Vegetation: Sewage is a natural fertilizer. Unexpectedly lush vegetation or patches of grass above sewer lines can suggest root activity and potential pipe damage.

Noticing the signs of trouble is not enough. Act promptly to prevent further complications and costly repairs. Unattended root intrusion can exacerbate pipe damage, leading to more extensive repairs or even complete pipe replacement. Why delay repairs when Mr. Rooter offers quick and affordable sewer repair? Call us any time to request urgent assistance.

Our Trenchless Sewer Repair and Replacement Methods

Trenchless sewer line replacement and repair methods offer efficient and minimally disruptive solutions to address root-related plumbing issues. Two popular methods include pipe lining and pipe bursting.

With pipe lining, a resin-coated liner is inserted into the damaged pipe to coat the damaged pipe, effectively creating a new, durable inner layer without the need for extensive excavation.

Pipe bursting, the preferred method for more severe damage, involves breaking the old, damaged pipe and pulling the new pipe into place. This method minimizes disruption to landscaping and structures.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing to learn more about these minimally invasive methods or schedule an appointment today. Our team is on standby to take your call or message.

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