5 Signs You Have Tree Root Intrusion In Your Sewer Lines

There are many different common factors that can cause you to have issues with your plumbing such as old or clogged pipes. However, one of the causes that people don’t usually think of but can be very damaging is tree root intrusion. Root intrusion, when tree roots grow into plumbing pipes, is harder to detect since your pipes are buried. This is why it’s so important to address plumbing issues when they start by calling a professional plumber.

At Ted and Bros, we are a full service plumbing business that helps homeowners with any plumbing issue from re-piping to sewer root removal.

Root Intrusion In Sewer Lines

Continue on to learn the most common signs that you have tree root intrusion on your property so you can handle the issue before it becomes a larger and more expensive problem.

What Are The Common Signs Of Root Intrusion In Sewer Lines?

Clogged Drains Caused By Root Intrusion

It’s not abnormal to deal with a clogged drain every now and then. However, if you are consistently dealing with clogged or slow drains, there is a plumbing issue that could be root intrusion. The best way to know is to call a professional plumber that can do a video inspection of your sewer lines to diagnose and treat the issue.

Root Intrusion In Sewer Lines

Foul Odors Caused By Root Intrusion

One of the signs of root intrusion that’s nearly impossible to ignore is bad odors. If there is a persistent sewage smell around your yard or in your home (some describe it as smelling like rotten eggs), there is a good chance of damage in your sewer line.

Root Intrusion In Sewer Lines

Backed Up Plumbing Caused By Root Intrusion

Root intrusion prevents water flowing properly through your line and can actually cause sewage water to instead come up and out of your drains. It’s also common for toilets to overflow. In addition to pipe issues, this can also cause water damage if not treated immediately.

Visible Sinkholes Caused By Root Intrusion

A sign of a more advanced and clear root intrusion problem are sinkholes on your property. For your safety, steer clear of them and call a plumbing professional.

Root Intrusion In Sewer Lines

Soggy Areas On Property Caused By Root Intrusion

If you are dealing with root intrusion, it’s very common to find moist patches throughout the outside of your property. This is because the sewer line has started to leak and the wastewater is seeping into your yard. The water acts as fertilizer and will create lush, green spots in these areas which is another sign to look out for. Moist areas like this are a clear sign of root intrusion that should be dealt with as soon as you notice them.

How To Diagnose And Treat Tree Root Intrusion

If you have been experiencing one or more of the signs we’ve discussed, the best way to find out if you have root intrusion on your property is to call an experienced plumber that will do a sewer camera inspection to help identify the problem. From there, the best method to resolve the situation will be determined based on the severity of the problem. 

At Ted & Bros Plumbing, we’re committed to solving any plumbing problems your home is experiencing. We provide all types of services to treat root intrusion including hydro jetting and trenchless pipe lining.

 Start by requesting a free estimate and someone will contact you within 24 hours. If you require immediate assistance, please feel free to call us at (714) 290-0080.