How To Repair And Prevent Tree Roots In Sewer Line

tree roots in sewer line


As a homeowner, there are few things more frustrating than dealing with a plumbing issue. From clogged drains to leaky faucets, it can seem like there’s always something that needs fixing. But one of the most troublesome issues is having tree roots invade your sewer line. This nuisance can cause serious damage and disrupt your daily routine in more ways than one. In this article, we’ll explore the problems caused by tree roots in your sewer line and discuss the steps you can take to prevent and address this issue.


Signs Of Tree Roots In Sewer Line


signs of tree roots in sewer line


There are several signs that can indicate that you have tree roots in your sewer line. A few of the most common ones include: 


Clogged Drains


When tree roots invade your sewer line, they can grow and spread throughout the pipe, causing blockages and restricting the flow of water. As a result, wastewater may begin to back up into your drains causing slow draining or even complete blockages.


Gurgling Noises 


Tree roots can create small cracks and openings in your sewer pipe. As water flows through the pipe, it can escape through these openings and create gurgling sounds as air is sucked into the pipe to replace the lost water. These gurgling sounds are often most noticeable when you flush the toilet or run water down a drain. 


Collapsed Or Blocked Pipe 


As roots invade the pipe, they can create a blockage that prevents wastewater from flowing through the system. Over time, this blockage can become more severe, causing a complete backup of sewage into your home. As the roots continue to grow and spread, they can cause the sewer line to collapse, which can lead to even more serious problems. 


Foul Odor


A foul odor emanating from your sinks and toilets can be another sign that you have tree roots in your sewer line. As we mentioned above, when roots invade your sewer line they can create small cracks and openings in the pipe. These openings can allow sewage to leak out of the pipe and into the surrounding soil. As the sewage decomposes, it can create an unpleasant odor that can permeate your home. This odor can be particularly noticeable when you run water down a drain or flush the toilet. 




When tree roots spread throughout your sewer line, they can cause the ground above the pipe to become unstable. Over time, this can lead to the formation of sinkholes or depressions in your lawn. These sinkholes are particularly dangerous if they are located near your home’s foundation, as they can weaken the soil and potentially cause damage to your property. 


How To Prevent Tree Roots In Your Sewer Line


The best way to avoid this issue is with preventative measures. 


Replace Old Pipes


Typically, older sewer lines are made of materials that are more susceptible to root infiltration. Replacing these pipes with newer materials such as PVC, can help prevent tree roots from invading your sewer line.


Be Careful With Your Landscaping


It’s important to be mindful of your landscaping. Plant trees and shrubs away from your sewer line and avoid planting species that are known to have invasive root systems. 


Get Regular Inspections


Getting regular inspections of your sewer line by a professional plumber can help identify and address any potential problems before they become serious. Plumbers can use cameras and other tools to inspect the inside of your sewer line and identify any tree roots that may be growing inside. Catching the problem early can prevent the roots from causing serious damage to your plumbing system. Regular inspections are especially important if you have older pipes or trees planted near your sewer line.


Trenchless Sewer Line Repair And Replacement 


trenchless sewer line repair and replacement


If you suspect that you have tree roots infiltrating your sewer line, it’s important to call in a professional plumber to assess the problem and recommend appropriate solutions. At Newman’s Plumbing, we offer trenchless sewer line repair and replacement services. 


This is also known as the “no-dig” method and it’s a cost-effective and efficient solution for repairing sewer line damage caused by tree roots. Unlike traditional sewer line repair methods that involve digging up your lawn or parking lot, trenchless repair allows us to fix the problem without disrupting the surrounding area. This not only saves time and money, but it also minimizes the impact on your property. 

If you suspect that you have tree roots infiltrating your sewer line, don’t wait until the problem gets worse. Contact Newman’s Plumbing today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced plumbers. We’ll assess the problem, recommend appropriate solutions, and get your plumbing system back in top condition quickly. Contact us today by calling 757-465-0883.

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