Trees in the outdoor spaces of your home can provide shade and add to the beauty and value of your home. However, overgrown tree roots can sometimes pose a major threat to your home. In residential properties across Australia, homes generally have clay plumbing which tends to deteriorate over time. The moisture within the pipes becomes an attractant for tree roots and they start to find their way into the pipelines.
Because all of this is taking place under the ground, most homeowners don’t even realise they have a problems until the tree root intrusion gets out of hand. Here are a few warning signs that indicate roots may be blocking your sewer line:
#1 Abnormally growing trees
It’s not often that you will notice significant changes in your trees’ growing patterns. If you have mature trees on your property, you will notice that they grow at a very steady pace unless there is some change in the environment or situation. If the roots of a specific tree/s have found their way into your drains, they are likely getting far more water and nutrients than other trees in the garden. If a specific tree seems to be growing more quickly or suddenly seems greener when compared to the other trees, this abnormal growth may be indicative of a plumbing problem.
#2 Foul Odour
A malfunction in your sewer pipes can result in foul odour emanating from the drains. If you notice a rotten egg smell or any other unpleasant odours around the drain areas, you may be dealing with a drainage problem. If the block is in a main sewer pipe, you will likely have noticed this foul odour around the kitchen and bathrooms across your property. While there are other drainage problems that can also give rise to foul odours, tree root growth in the line is one of the commonest reasons of sewage pipe issues.
#3 Sewer backup
The job of your sewer line is to effectively direct the wastewater away from your property to the city’s sewer mains. The sewers carry all the water that flows down the bathroom and kitchen sinks, tubs and shower areas as well as the sewage from the toilets.
When the roots of trees from your landscape encroach upon your sewer lines, they begin to form a mesh within the pipe and prevent the normal flow of waste. If you notice water draining very slowly from the drains or if there is a backflow of sewer water in your toilet or shower areas, you should try to clear this with a plunger. If this doesn’t solve the problem, it’s likely that tree roots are blocking your drains.
If tree roots have compromised the structural integrity of the sewer lines on your property, you may notice that large areas of the soil in the landscape are saturated with wastewater, creating sinkholes or soft mud and these sunken spots may be more visible in the lawn spaces. The soil becomes less structured and weakens when wet; this indicates the earth begins to shift under the grass which leaves visible indents or pooling of water on your lawns.
If you have noticed any of these signs on your property, call us without delay. We at CPC Plumbing can handle all types of plumbing jobs including tree root removal from sewer pipe, and we offer excellent maintenance and repair solutions. We use top quality materials and workmanship, which provides you value for money. You can call us on 0413 131 216 or use this online form to send queries and service requests and we will revert within a short time.
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