It's just natural that roots from trees and shrubs look for water, nutrients, and oxygen. However, they are sometimes drawn to the water inside sewer pipes. When this happens, tree roots can cause a costly damage to water lines.
Signs Your Water Line Has Root Problem
Gurgling noises in your toilet bowl and slowed draining system are common indicators of root problems. The flow in the pipe may be hindered and if left unattended the roots will totally hinder the pipes which will cause a complete blockage.
This may eventually turn into a bigger pipe problem as the tree roots grow and extend the damage in the pipe or the pipe joint. The big damage to the pipe may cause it to burst and start flooding. When this happens a trench will have to be dug to reach the pipe and replace it.
How Can This Be Fixed?
The best way to stop tree roots from getting to your water lines is identifying the location of buried pipes. This will help you know that you should not plant certain trees and hedges near these water lines. You may plant small slow-growing plants with nonaggressive roots near sewer lines but big trees should be planted no less than 10 feet away from water lines.
Schedule a periodic cleaning of your sewer lateral pipe to prevent major blockage. To make sure that no damage is developing in the entire underground pipe system, you may want a professional to do an inspection.
So what should you do if tree roots get into your water lines? Better contact a trained plumber to fix the problem right away. They will remove the roots for you and see if the pipes will need replacing. They are well equipped to handle emergency plumbing service Eastern Heights.