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The growth and development of tree roots are common reasons for sewer restoration. Initially, you might not detect any link between your plumbing and tree roots, but this is a common misconception.  

However, research reveals that sewer lines contain nutrients and minerals that growing roots require. These sewer lines supply plants with the water and humidity they require. Also, the sewer offers oxygen and nutrients they need for their root system.  

When tree roots penetrate your pipeline, they may damage the system. To avoid a plumbing issue and save money you can begin by detecting and preventing tree roots from growing in the sewer system. 

How to Detect Roots? 

Detecting tree roots in the sewage system isn’t something you should attempt to accomplish on your own. Don’t start digging up the lawn to find out what’s wrong when you notice a blockage. Attempting to locate a sewage pipe on your own might be disastrous. What you need is a professional to determine where your sewer line and utilities are located. 

 Roots may still be found in the sewer line even if you don’t know where they are. Sewage line clogs may cause a variety of problems. However, if the backlog is caused by anything other than sewer roots, you may still save money by detecting it early. 

 If you see any of the following symptoms, you may have a blockage in your sewer line: 

  1. Slow Flow 

Are you having a hard time getting your bathroom and sink drains to run dry? If this is the case, the root system may be causing a blockage in the sewer line. Damaged and slow drains are a common symptom of a clog in a plumbing system. Unfortunately, it is a problem that many people choose to overlook or, worse, proceed to solve by using chemical sewer cleaners. Instead, it is best to contact a plumber rather than put up with sluggish sewers. Being aware of the problem and taking action before it becomes worse might spare you from having to make an expensive repair. 

2. Overflowing Sewers 

Roots may clog your pipelines and cause a blockage in your sewers. The tub or sink won’t overflow if you have a little blockage. On the other hand, the root system might generate a massive obstruction. You’ll need the help of a professional to figure out the cause of the clog. 

3. Bubbling Sound 

Blocked pipes often produce bubbling noises. When the water flow and the air is obstructed, it produces an awkward gurgling noise, which must be treated as soon as possible before it becomes worse. 

4. Foul Odor 

A bad odor emanating from the sewers is another symptom that they are clogged. There will be no bad smells in your pipelines if water flows through them as it should. However, if there is a blockage, the water will not be able to move or drain freely and this stagnant water will then begin to stink.  

How to Prevent Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line 

Prevention is always preferable to cure. It can save you the cost of getting a sewer line replacement or repairs done. All you need to do is prevent tree roots from entering the sewer lines using some preventative techniques. One might begin by installing a blockage in your sewage system.  

It might stop tree roots from creating issues if you use concentrated acidic substances like potassium hydroxide and copper sulfate. The root systems tend to grow in a different direction, avoiding the acids or toxins.  

If you want to keep your sewage line safe, you must place the blocker inside. Wood or metal may also be used as a shield to keep off unwanted visitors.  

But if you don’t place the blocker correctly, you won’t get any benefits. Ensure you do not accidentally damage the sewage pipe when setting up the blocker.

 1. Gardening Techniques 

Your gardening might partially facilitate root entry into your sewage system. It is quite probable that the roots of huge trees may attempt to penetrate your pipelines when you plant them close to your sewage line. Think of moving huge trees far from the pipes and avoid planting plants with extensive roots near your sewage line. This way you won’t have to worry about your sewage line getting blocked by tree roots if you plant slow-growing trees. 

 Understand where the sewage line is whenever you want to do any gardening. The repair or restoration depends on the situation. It’s better to contact a professional since they are properly equipped with the right tools and machines. In the long run, you’ll save money by not having to repair or replace the sewage line. 

 Keep an eye on your pipelines when you have a huge tree in the vicinity or don’t wish to relocate it. You may detect problems in the pipes using special mini cameras used by a plumber during the examination. Plumbers are trained to spot the roots of trees before they have a chance to enter a sewage system. 

2. Get a Professional to Examine 

Sewage system checkups are necessary even if there are no huge trees near your pipes. A neighbor’s property may have a tree with an extensive root system. It’s a good idea to hire a professional to inspect your sewer line. 

The Bottom Line 

If it becomes too severe and roots have already penetrated your sewer line, call our plumbing experts for assistance at (954) 778-6914. We provide prompt sewer repair services to restore the functionality of your home’s drainage system. Contact Gator Plumbing right away if you’re looking for a sewer cleanup.