Who doesn’t enjoy a well-placed tree in their yard? Ideally, your home’s trees will provide shade, increase property value, and make your yard look better. However, as any experienced plumber will tell you, there is a downside to trees as well. When trees, shrubs, and other plants are poorly placed, they can start to interfere with your sewer lines. This is because the moisture in your sewer system acts as a kind of natural fertilizer, causing roots to grow around and even into your sewer lines. This phenomenon, known as root intrusion, can cause a ton of problems, resulting in obstructions in your sewer line as well as toxic sewage leaks. Keep reading to learn the top signs of root intrusion, and remember that for all the drain and sewer services you need, you can always count on our experts at AAA Service Plumbing, Heating & Electric.
5 Signs You May Have Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line
- Sewage Smells: Although there are a few reasons a sewage smell may emerge from your drains, it’s never a good sign if this keeps happening. Stay on the lookout for this odor both inside and outside of your property. If it continues to permeate and you can’t readily find an explanation, there’s a chance it’s coming from a sewer line that’s been ruptured by a tree root.
- Clogs: Everyone experiences drain clogs sometimes. They can occur in your home for a myriad of reasons. However, if you find that your drains are clogged all the time, you may have a more serious problem on your hands, such as root intrusion. If you find that you are unable to get rid of clogs in multiple parts of your home, make sure to give us a call for a cutting-edge video pipeline inspection. It is especially important to do this if you have detected that foul sewage smell wafting out of your drains as well.
- Back-Ups: Back-ups are always a big problem, as they can result in a nasty mess that’s difficult to clean up. However, sewage back-ups are a particularly serious issue, as the wastewater in your sewage system is extremely toxic, and can cause health problems for anyone who comes in contact with it. The last thing you want is for root intrusion to not only cost you a ton of money in property damage, but also put your entire household at risk, so if wastewater has started to back up in your toilet or sinks, it is essential to call a plumber right away.
- An Increase in Rodent or Insect Activity: Pests love to flock to filthy, gross-smelling areas, so if you are dealing with a sewer leak, they may take it as an open invitation to invade your property. Watch out for insects and rodents inside or outside of your home, especially if their arrival has been accompanied by that persistent sewage smell or any of the other problems mentioned above. You may need to call a pest control professional to get rid of rats, mice, cockroaches, or other vermin that have shown up in or around your home, but don’t forget to call a drain and sewer company like AAA to see if you are dealing with root intrusion, too.
- Moist, Green Patches in Your Yard: When tree roots make their way into your sewer lines, sewage water may start to seep into the ground in your yard, eventually making its way up to the surface. When this happens, you may start to notice lush, green patches in certain areas, which have been fertilized by the wastewater. Keep an eye out for these green patches, especially if they are accompanied by water and that strange sewage smell. These areas can be a roadmap to where your lines have been damaged, so you will want to point them out to our technicians when they begin a video pipeline inspection and eventually start the sewer line repair/replacement process.