by The Nashville Plumber on December 6, 2013

Dangers of Tree Roots In Your Sewer Line


If you are experiencing clogged drains, slow draining drains, and obnoxious odors, you may have tree roots growing in your sewer lines. Tree roots in sewer lines are a common problem. Trees growing nearby sewer lines take advantage of cracks in sewer pipes. The roots are attracted by the water vapor leaking from the pipes. The pipes are an excellent source of water, nutrients, and oxygen for the pipes. Blockage is caused when the roots grow and expand inside the pipes. Sewage leaks are very unhealthy and unsanitary. Clogged sewer pipes can result in dangerous waste backing up inside the home.

Cleaning tree roots out of sewer pipes can be very expensive. Homeowners can take a few precautions to protect the sewer line near their home. Making smart landscaping choices is a good place to start. Avoid planting a large number of shrubs and plants near the sewer line. If you are not sure of the exact location of the sewer line, call the local public works department. Large trees should not far away from the sewer line to ensure that the roots won’t reach the pipes.

Growth inhibitors and slow-release chemicals are often used to discourage root growth in residential areas. The best precaution, however, is to make an appointment with a plumbing service. A plumber will inspect the sewer line near your home. The inspection may catch a potential root problem at an early stage. This allows the plumber to clean out the pipes before serious damage occurs.

Sewer lines should be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis to maintain the integrity of the pipes. Routine maintenance, by a professional plumber, is the best precaution against roots growing in the pipes. The maintenance involves threading a cable through the sewer pipes that cuts through roots, clogs, and other debris. Keeping the sewer line clean and clear of obstruction is much less expensive than replacing a damaged sewer line.

Do you think you’re dealing with tree roots in your drains? Call Green Hills Plumping, your Nashville plumber, at (615) 866-1917 and schedule a service call today!

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