Trees are a necessity for many homeowners, as they provide shade and enhance the aesthetic appeal of a property. However, despite the fact that trees are frequently a welcome addition, they can easily cause damage to your lawn and the sewage and water pipes beneath it. And when root obstruction occurs, it is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. If you disregard the warning signs, you may experience severe problems, such as plumbing system failures and other costly issues.
Why Do Pipes Support Root Growth?
The root system of a tree is typically two to three times the height of the tree; it is that large and extensive. The larger a tree is, the deeper and more intricate its root system will be, and the further it will have to travel for water and nutrients.
Cracks in pipes and small leaks produce humidity that attracts roots, causing them to enter the pipe and grow, gradually expanding and filling the pipe until it becomes completely clogged. Root obstruction can rapidly become a serious issue, threatening the structural integrity of your sewer system and property if left untreated.
Here are a few warning signs:
Slowly Draining Drains
Typically, slow-moving drains are the first indication of root damage. If your toilet drains slowly or makes a gurgling sound when you flush, there’s a good chance that tree roots have entered the pipes. Especially at risk are older homes and properties with nearby large trees!
In some areas of the country, sinkholes are common, but they can also be an indication of severe pipe damage caused by tree roots. If a visible sinkhole appears in your lawn, avoid it and contact a plumber immediately to investigate the problem. If the problem has progressed to the stage of sinkholes, your home’s foundation may be at risk, and you should exercise caution when traversing your property.
Broken and Clogged Pipes
Backups in the toilet are always a major inconvenience. However, when it comes to roots, you may wish the problem was caused by something the children flushed down the toilet. Root obstruction is one of the leading causes of clogged pipes, and it cannot be resolved without professional assistance.
Tree roots can cause damage to sewer lines, resulting in foul odors inside and outside of the home. If you smell rotten eggs or other foul odors, you may have a significant obstruction.
How to Get Rid of Tree Roots in Pipes
Tree roots can wreak havoc on your plumbing, sewage system, front yard, and home’s foundation, among other interior and exterior issues. Since tree root obstruction is a serious and potentially expensive problem, it is essential to contact a professional as soon as possible to address the issues.
If you suspect that your pipes contain roots, contact McDonough’s to schedule a consultation.