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Tree Roots and Your Main Drain Line: A Lethal Combination


Tree roots growing in main drain line

Of all the household emergencies you could face, we’re pretty sure that plumbing problems tops your list of ones you’d most like to avoid. Ideally, you’d never have to deal with a plumbing issue at all—but with everything in your home that relies on this system (your toilets, sinks, washing machine, dishwasher, water heater), you likely won’t be this lucky.

A properly functioning plumbing system delivers the water you need throughout your home effectively, while draining waste and wastewater away. So, any sort of problem with this system would be understandably disruptive. And one particular problem that impacts a lot more homeowners than you may realize is the damage that tree roots can cause.

Tree Roots in Sewer Lines

Tree roots are, of course, very strong, and they will stop at nothing to get to what they want—a supply of water. Your tree’s roots have a way of growing naturally towards water sources in order to seek nourishment. But how do they detect this water?

Anything from a small crack in your sewer line, pinhole leak, or loose connection can introduce water to the soil in which it surrounds. Tree roots seek moisture, follow it to that source, then grow out further. Once they grow into your sewer line, a number of issues can occur. If you don’t tackle this issue, you could not only have a major inconvenience on your hands, but also potential property damage.

Video Pipe Inspections to Identify Tree Roots in Pipes

So, how do you know when it’s time to call for Rexburg, ID plumbing services? If you believe something is not right with your sewer line, or have witnessed symptoms that there may be a clog, you can contact us to perform a video pipe inspection and determine where the clog is coming from—in many cases it may certainly be tree roots.

But of course, you’d need to know when to call for this service to begin with. Other than scheduling it as a part of plumbing maintenance, it’s wise to keep your eyes, ears, and nose open for warning signs of sewer line trouble. These signs can include:

  • Slow moving drains
  • Gurgling sounds when you flush the toilet
  • Gurgling sounds from your bathtub and sink drains
  • Foul odors coming from your drains
  • Previous sewer backups

How are Tree Roots Removed from Pipes?

The professional plumbers on our staff have a variety of tools available to them to deal with tree roots, in addition to video pipe inspection. The most likely method that we’ll use to attack this problem is augers to break it up, and scour jet equipment to blast the root blockage apart and wash it away.

Further repairs could prove necessary if the roots caused damage to your sewer line or the foundation of your home that your plumbing system runs under. Whatever the plumbing problem is, however, you can count on our team to get the job done right the first time, and get your system back in working order ASAP so that you can rely on it once again.

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