The sewer line running from your home to the main line on your road may be fairly old unless a brand new sewer line has recently been installed. If your lines are on the older side, they could get damaged over time. Some may collapse while others may end up with tree roots growing through them. This usually happens when you have a lot of mature trees growing near the sewer line. Read on for ways to tell your line is clogged with roots and what you can do about it.
How To Tell Your Sewer Line Is Clogged With Roots
If your sewer line is clogged with roots, it's because a tree (or a few trees) nearby are looking for water. They'll find water in any source they can find and this includes your sewer line. Roots can grow through the line damaging the sewer pipe and leaving you with all types of issues. You can tell your line is clogged with roots by:
- Constant Clogs. If your drains in your home are getting clogged often, it may be due to roots in your sewer line. If you're finding that your drains are clogged several times per month, you may need to have your drain line repaired as it could be severely damaged by roots.
- Pulling Roots Out When Snaking The Drain. If you are visibly seeing roots on the snake after snaking the drain to remove the clog, this is a sure sign of roots in your sewer line.
If you have a lot of mature trees on your property growing near your sewer line, or you have roots on the top of the yard growing closely to your sewer line, chances are you probably have roots in your sewer line.
What You Can Do About The Roots
If you think you have roots in the line, you can have a sewer line repair company come out to your home to have a camera snaked into the drain to be sure this is the problem you are having. They can also snake the drain to get rid of the roots inside the drain, and if it's damaged severely, they can also repair the damage that has been done.
Using a root killer in your toilet each month can also prevent roots from getting into your sewer line. Cutting down the trees may also be necessary to prevent this type of issue again.
If you are experiencing issues with your sewer line and suspect the problem may be roots in the line, call a sewer line repair company for help.