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Effects of Roots on Your Sewer and Drain Lines

If your water lines are draining too slowly, you might have a problem with tree roots taking over your sewer pipes. Roots can create havoc within your system and can be difficult to get rid of. Look at this list of effects trees can have on sewers and drains so you can learn how you can protect yourself.

What Tree Roots Do to Your Pipes

The water in your drainpipes is warmer than the surrounding soil and can cause vapor that lets trees see where there’s a leak. Tree roots will then reach for the crack and infiltrate the sewer line, slowly filling the pipe until there’s no space left to grow. These dams will prevent soap, grease and toilet paper from being able to pass and can create a massive buildup. The roots will also break the pipe as they grow and possibly cause its collapse.

What You Can Do

Aside from not planting trees near sewer lines, there’s not much the layman can do about a tree root blockage. Your best bet is to call a plumber who can use a borescope to establish whether it really is trees that are causing your issue. Once that’s determined, they can remove roots and replace piping to get your water flowing freely again.
If you suspect you have tree roots blocking your line, contact an expert plumber. The professionals at Speedy Clean Drain & Sewer are here to help you come up with the best plan of action for your system.