Tree Roots And 

Residential Plumbing

Tree roots and residential plumbing may sound two completely different things. However sewage drain system are at risk of attack from innocent looking tree roots. If you have read science in middle school, you know how trees always look for food source. What is a better food source for plant than plumbing system with its mineral filled water.

Trees growing near to the underground sewer line on your property send out long feeder roots in pursuit of nutrients. Pipe lines are heaven for these small but powerful roots, because a sewer pipe contains water and industrial waste. Many older homes have been built with plumbing pipes that are particularly prone to tree root intrusion effects — specifically, clay pipes with mortar-filled joints and concrete pipes. Nearly any seam pipe can be invaded by violent tree roots, however. When they break into the tube, the inevitable result is the creation of clogs due to increasing root growth and expensive, messy sewage backups into the building.

Naturally, the root system of trees and shrubs tends to gravitate towards water and sewer lines – especially in dry climates or during the non-rainy seasons. If possible, stop planting plants near water lines and sewer lines.

There are easy solutions for unusual clogs to clear a drain that can be used by most homeowners. But if your drains are always clogged, it may be a sign of a bigger issue. Root damage to sewage lines results in clogged, overflowing, and slow-flowing drains, often accompanied by a toilet gurgling sound.

How tree roots can affect your plumbing system?

If a tree root grows into your pipeline, the flow of water in your home will start to slow. A gurgling noise that comes from your toilet if the invasion was in sewer system. If you don’t take care of the problem, it can cause your sewer line to be completely blocked. The original entry point of the root is also going to expand and may eventually cause the tube to collapse.

Damaged Caused By Tree Roots

There are several paths to take for homeowners to avoid damage to their pipes by tree roots. The first (and perhaps most obvious) is knowing where water and sewer lines are and avoiding nearby planting. If you are not sure where your lines are, please call the department of local authority to locate the pipe lines.

The construction of barriers between trees and pipes is another useful step. Many homeowners choose to disperse inhibitors of chemical growth along their sewer lines while others choose concrete barricades of wood or metal. If you want to ensure the coverage of all your bases, consider doing both. That combination is particularly useful if in the future you have relocated to a home with existing landscaping and trees that you think could infringe on your water or sewer pipes.


Call a plumber to have the drain and sewer lines checked when drains clog regularly, are difficult to clear and emit gurgling noises. A plumber can inspect the drainpipes to find damaged areas by running a camera test through them. Once the inspection is complete, recommendations will be made by the plumber. The lines may need to be replaced for areas with severe tree-root damage.

To avoid major sewer repairs, frequently wash sewer lines and check the pipe structures. Regular maintenance and clearing of the lines within the pipes prevents root growth. The maintenance of the sewer line includes threading the cable through the sewer pipe that cuts through any clogs or tree roots and cleans the sewer pipe to the inner walls.


The system of restoring tree roots pipes depends on the damage severity. Hydro Jetting may be an option in the case of limited root intrusion. Hydro jetting can also rejuvenate pipes in the process by clearing up years of corrosion together with blockages.

In most cases, repair or replacement of trenchless sewer will be the best option. In this process, a method called pipe bursting is used to completely replace pipes. Trenchless sewer repair works by moving a cone through lines hydraulically, breaking down old, damaged pipes. New high-density polyethylene (HDPE) piping can be replaced in place of the old pipes. PVC pipes is currently one of the most durable materials on the market that can prevent tree invasions as well.

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