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Tree Roots Completely Filling Old Sewer Pipe Line

Pipes Backing Up? Tree Roots Could Be to Blame

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | March 29th, 2017

If there’s a problem with your plumbing, your house will let you know. Slow dripping, a congested shower head and gurgling toilets are just a few signs of interference. And the root of the problem could be pipe corrosion or the trees in your yard.

Your trees likely have deep roots that are drawn to the warm vapor and moisture released through the cracks and joints in your pipes. The minerals flushing through pipelines attract the roots, which wrap themselves around the pipe and exert pressure, damaging it and blocking water pressure. This problem requires immediate attention, because over time it can grow costly to repair.

Prevent plumbing problems before they erupt

How do you know if tree roots are growing into your sewer pipes? You may not be experiencing plumbing issues. And it’s difficult to foresee problems: you can’t see anything buried under the dirt around your home, and it may be difficult to distinguish the different tree root systems in your yard. Some are shallow but grow broad, bypassing pipes entirely.  

It’s possible that the problem comes from another source: corrosion, which can also occur over time. Corrosion agitates your pipeline systems, making them vulnerable until they burst. As a result, major flooding is possible.

Regardless of the root cause and whether or not a problem is obvious, it’s best to act preventatively: schedule routine maintenance checks on the pipes you can’t see. This way, you potentially avoid expensive pipeline replacements.

When to call a plumber

Taking a DIY approach can cause more damage. It’s best to bring in an expert. We have 54 years of commercial and residential experience serving the greater Indianapolis area, and we provide 24-hour emergency plumbing services. We can take care of current problems and make a plan to prevent others from forming.

Schedule an inspection with Allen Plumbing today!

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