Got Mature Trees? Do This to Protect Your Sewer Line!

May 18, 2020

If your home is surrounded by large, beautiful, mature trees, you probably love them. They are likely to provide shade in the summer. They make your yard more inviting, and they may even provide added privacy. In fact, mature trees can be so beautiful, that they’re one of the reasons why people decide to buy an older home over a new home in a new development with baby trees that will take years to grow.

If you think about it, it makes sense why tree roots grow in the direction of sewer lines. Trees are thirsty and they need water to thrive. Underground pipes are bountiful sources of water and nutrients that thirsty trees crave. But when a tree identifies a pipe leak, the root will quickly grow in that direction. As this process progresses, the root makes its way into the pipe, inhibiting the flow of waste. As a result, broken pipes turn into big headaches for homeowners.

Sewage Leaks Are BIG Problems

When tree roots make their home in leaky pipes, sewage can leak, leading to unhealthy and unsanitary conditions. Then, there’s the issue of repairing the damage from thirsty tree roots, which can cost the homeowner thousands of dollars. If you have mature trees on your property, there are steps you can take NOW to help you avoid costly repairs down the road.

What you can do to solve the problem of thirsty tree roots:

  • Know the warning signs, which include frequent clogged drains, slow-flowing and overflowing drains
  • Annual drain and sewer line inspections
  • Regular sewer line cleanings (prevent root growth)

If your drains are clogging frequently, we recommend calling a plumber to have your drain and sewer lines inspected, especially if your drains are making gurgling noises. One of our plumbers, for example, can run a camera probe through your pipes to find any damaged areas. Once we complete the inspection, we’ll make the necessary recommendations. If you have major tree root damage, we may recommend that the lines be replaced.