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Rooting Out the Problem: How Tree Root Intrusion Impacts Salem's Sewer Systems


As a homeowner, you may not think about your sewer system until there's a problem. But did you know that tree roots can cause serious damage to your pipes?

Here's what you need to know about tree root intrusion and how it can impact your sewer system.

How Tree Roots Invade Your Pipes

Tree roots are attracted to the moisture and nutrients in your sewer pipes. They can easily find tiny cracks or loose joints in the pipes and grow into them, causing blockages and damage over time. Once inside, the roots continue to grow and expand, eventually causing serious problems like backups and leaks.

Signs of Tree Root Intrusion

If you're experiencing slow drains or frequent backups, it could be a sign of tree root intrusion. Other signs include:

  • Gurgling sounds in your pipes
  • Foul odors
  • Patches of lush green grass or vegetation near your sewer line.

If you notice any of these signs, it's important to call a professional plumber right away to assess the situation.

Prevention & Maintenance

The best way to prevent tree root intrusion is to plant trees and shrubs away from your sewer line. If you already have trees near your sewer line, consider installing a barrier to prevent roots from growing into your pipes. Regular maintenance, such as hydro jetting and sewer line inspections, can also help prevent and detect tree root intrusion before it becomes a major problem.

By understanding the signs and taking preventative measures, you can protect your home and avoid expensive repairs.

If you suspect tree root intrusion in your sewer line, don't hesitate to call Evergreen Plumbing & Mechanical LLC for professional and reliable service.