Most people don’t know that tree roots can infiltrate your sewer pipes cause major damage. Tree roots are actually the #1 cause for underground pipe damage. When tree roots start growing within your pipes, significant blockages can occur. The issue with tree root blockages is that they are not easily removed without the help of a professional, and it can be hard to determine if tree roots are actually to blame. Here are some important things to keep in mind when trying to determine if you have a tree root blockage in your pipes.
Recognize the Natural Attraction Factor
While tree root damage is incredibly frustrating and can be costly, there is not much that you can do to prevent this from happening. Tree roots crave the water and nutrients flowing through your pipes and they will try to find a way to access them. Distance also is not a factor for tree roots. In the winter, or a time of drought, tree roots will grow to span long distances to reach the nutrients that they need. Even the smallest crack can attract tree roots. The roots will make their way into any opening that they can find and start to grow. When they start growing, the roots can create a mass and block the pipe.
Keep Your Eye Out For Warning Signs
It may be easier said than done, but it is best to catch tree root blockages as early as possible to keep the damage minimal and the overall cost down. The longer that roots are able to grow in your pipes, the higher the chance for bigger issues down the line. One of the telltale signs that you are having a blockage is to listen for a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet. If you hear a gurgle, you may want to call a professional. Recurring clogs and slow draining can also indicate that there may be a tree root blockage.
What Should You Do If Tree Roots Are Blocking Your Pipes?
The first thing that you should do if you suspect a tree root blockage is to contact a professional. Make sure that you do your research because not every plumber can handle blockages of this magnitude. Special equipment is needed to clear tree roots out of pipes, and you don’t want to delay fixing the problem by calling someone that cannot properly address the situation. Calling a professional is important because it is difficult to assess where the problem is located and how bad it actually is without their tools. An experienced professional can evaluate the situation and recommend the correct course of action. If the issue is extensive, your pipes might need repair or replacement.
Contact Omaha Drain Today!
If you suspect that you are experiencing a tree root blockage or damage, contact Omaha Drain today! We have the correct tools to clear out your tree roots and get your pipes back to working order. If you have questions or concerns about your sewer line issues, give us a call! We are here to help!