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Do you Have Tree Roots in Your Sewer Lines?

As homeowners, we occasionally deal with minor plumbing issues. Maybe a clog, or possibly a minor leak. These are to be expected from time to time, and a visit from your trusted plumber can have it handled and out of the way in little to no time at all. But have you ever paid much attention to your sewer line?

Responsible for ridding your home of waste water, a sewer line is integral to your home’s operation. And unfortunately, it’s susceptible to some issues that can cause a lot of trouble, and can be rather difficult to spot. At least, they can be if you don’t know what you’re looking for…

Do I Have Roots in My Sewer Lines?

Luckily, once you know what to keep an eye out for, spotting a potential root problem can be pretty simple:

  • Problems with home drains. If your toilet is gurgling, or faucets seem to drain very slowly, there’s a good chance you’ve got an issue with your sewer line. It could be as simple as a clog, but it could be tree roots that have grown into the pipe and damaged it.
  • Drain failure. If your drains are backing up, or have ceased to move water at all, call a professional immediately! You cannot leave this issue alone, or you risk a ruptured sewer line, and replacing it is time-consuming, and quite expensive!
  • Pooling water in the yard. Another common indication, if roots in your sewer line have crushed or damaged the pipe, you will often find unaccounted pools of water in the yard. This is where water traveling away from your home has escaped the pipe, and has made its way to the surface.
  • Sewer smells. Funky sewer stink is commonly identified. There’s just nothing quite like it, and no one finds it anything short of horrid. If you note this smell within the home, or even out in the yard and can’t find the source, a damaged sewer line is very possible the culprit.

Line Inspection

You might have noticed that our list of signs included things like “might be a clog”, or “is possibly” often. Well, unfortunately that is because sewer lines run deep underground, and there’s really no way to just get in there and look at the line to be sure that roots are the cause. That is, unless you’re a professional plumber at HVAC Unlimited.

Our experts carry all of the tools and tech needed to do a full analysis, using camera technology to run through your line to find the “root” of your problem. Your best bet when you spot any of the above issues is to simply call in a professional right away.

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Think your sewer line might be trying to put down the wrong kind of roots? Call on our plumbing experts today!

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