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What to do When a Tree Root Clogs Your Pipes

December 15, 2020 | Blog

Many homeowners have heard horror stories about plumbing problems that tear up their yard during repairs and ruin their landscaping. Among these horror stories is tree roots that infiltrate the plumbing system. But how does this happen, and how do you know if it’s happening to you?

How Do Tree Roots Get Into Pipes?

While it may seem like a mystery, tree roots grow into pipes simply for water and nutrients. Even the smallest pinhole leak or loose seal will release enough moisture to attract roots and allow them inside the pipes. Once a tiny root makes it in, more roots grow and make the leak larger, driven by the abundance of resources inside the pipe.

Signs of Clogged Pipes

Knowing why and how tree roots clog pipes is all well and good, but how do you know if it’s happening to your plumbing? Keep a watchful eye out for these signs of a clogged sewer line:

  • Gurgling toilets
  • Persistent drain clogs and slow drains
  • Water backing up out of drains
  • Unusual growth near trees or bushes, especially during the summer

All of these are sure signs that you have some kind of clog in your sewer line, and tree roots are the most common cause. Contact a plumber that provides sewer line services immediately if you suspect tree roots in your plumbing.

How Are Tree Roots Removed From Pipes?

Once you’ve had a professional diagnose the extent of the problem, they will resolve the problem with either chemicals or a mechanical device to break down the roots and restore proper flow to the pipes. Once the roots are gone, your plumber will be able to tell you the extent of repairs needed. 

In most cases, the affected portion of the sewer line will need to be replaced, which unfortunately involves some level of digging up your yard. However, new pipes will be free of leaks and will protect your plumbing from invasion. You’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your plumbing is working correctly.

Mission AC & Plumbing is the best choice for plumbing repair in Houston. If you suspect tree root invasion or any other plumbing issue, contact us today and start a service request.

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