How to Detect and Prevent Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line

How to Detect and Prevent Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line

If the drainage system makes gurgling noises, there are too many green areas, or there’s a foul odor, the tree roots may have taken over your sewer line. If you’re exposed to a clogged drain over a long time, it can be detrimental to your health. Therefore, make sure to get your drainage system checked regularly.

If you need some guidance on what to do, here are a few tips and tricks on how to detect and prevent tree roots from growing in your sewer line:

How Do Tree Roots even get in my Sewer Line and How are they Harmful?

Since a leaky sewer line consists of all the nutrients required by tree roots to survive, it becomes an ideal breeding ground for them. When these sewer lines become home to tree roots, they start to get blocked and sometimes even damaged if they are there for an extensive amount of time. Sometimes tree roots can cause a crack in your sewer line, which inevitably leads it to break and can be very costly.

What to Know and How to Prevent this from happening?

Know what to look out for

Constant clogs in your drainage system sign that you may have tree roots growing within your system. Suppose you notice that this is a recurring issue, and your plumbing is continually getting blocked. In that case, you should contact a professional plumber as soon as possible so they can assess the situation and tell you how to move forward.

Get Regular Inspections and Maintenance

It is also necessary to regularly get your pipes maintained and inspected, especially if blockages are a common occurrence, as it will save you a lot of time and energy. It is best to call your local plumbing services so they can inspect your lines with a camera to ensure there is no root growth and, if required, make the necessary recommendations.

Know your Drainage System

Before you plant a tree, make sure to check your plumbing system so you know exactly where it’s okay to plant a tree and where it isn’t. Contact a professional so they can let you know where the underground pipes, cables, and lines outside your home are. If there’s already a tree and it’s causing some damage to your pipes, don’t panic.

Since removal depends on the size of the roots, evaluation is essential before moving forward. But it is important to note; larger trees that grow fast should not be planted near sewer lines, while trees with smaller roots that grow slower are usually safe options, so you should be aware of the types of trees that do not damage your plumbing system.

Install a Sewer Line Barrier

Barrier lines can be divide into three varieties; deflectors, inhibitors, and traps. These consist of either chemicals, plastic, or wood, which block tree growth and prevent pipeline damage.

  1. Deflectors are physical barriers made of plastic wood or metal buried near the pipe to prevent growing roots.
  2. Inhibitors block any growths from damaging the existing pipeline.
  3. Traps are plastic or metal screens that block any further development from damaging the existing pipeline.

When Should I Call a Professional?

At Pro Serve Plumbing, providing high-quality plumbing services is our top priority. If your sewer line is damaged, blocked by tree roots, or is in dire need of repair and maintenance, contact us for a free consultation and on-site estimate.

Our licensed plumbers are also available to provide various plumbing services in Fort Worth, Texas. These include Gas Line Installation, Plumbing Leak Repair Services, Tankless Water Heater Installation, and Repair and Water Heater Repair.