Keep Roots Out of Your Sewer System With These Tips

Trees provide shade and add value to your home, but tree roots can cause serious damage to sewer pipes. If there is a leak in the sewer line, tree roots can use this as a source of water and eventually spread through the pipes causing a blockage and extensive damage to the sewer system. Several factors determine the extent of the problem: the type of tree, the proximity of the tree to the area and the type of sewer pipe. There are several precautions that you can take to help minimize the risk.

  • Call your public works department to find the location of sewer pipes and underground utilities near your home before planting trees.
  • Try to keep a safe distance from the sewer system when planting trees.
  • Know the type of tree you are planting. Some varieties are slow growing and have a smaller root base. Limit the number that are close to the danger zone.
  • Look for the warning signs. A slow drainage problem or backup in the toilet may be an indication that further investigation is needed into the cause of the problem.
  • Call a qualified plumber immediately if you notice a problem. An inspection may indicate that a cleaning is all that is necessary to clear the roots out of your sewer system. Waiting may result in significant damages to the sewer pipes. This could result in replacement of the pipes.

Keeping roots out of your sewer system is a simple way to avoid extensive repairs later. You may also be responsible for damages to public property if the problem is not repaired and continues to worsen.

If you suspect there is a drainage problem in your home, please contact Beyer Boys. We have been serving the San Antonio area since 1990. Our certified technicians will diagnose the problem and do the repairs quickly.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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