Sewer Backup Affecting Your Home—Could Tree Roots Be the Culprit?

Posted on: 8 December 2016

If your toilet or sinks are continually backing up, you may have a serious blockage problem in your sewer. Tree roots are a common cause of sewer backup, but they can be removed from your pipes to allow your plumber to clean up any damage. Here is how.

Understand How Trees Cause Sewer Backups

Blockages in sewer tanks are often caused by roots growing into your sewer pipes and even causing severe damage to the pipes. Roots will instinctively seek out high levels of moisture and find sewer pipes to be a great source of water. They typically enter at the joints of the pipes and can grow to fill up the line completely.

This is especially true if your sewer lines were located close to a tree. However, tree roots can grow hundreds of feet or so, which makes it necessary to check the location of your sewer pipes and to gauge the level of damage that roots have caused to them.

Gauge the Location of Your Sewer Pipes

To gauge the location of your sewer pipes, you need to find where your septic tank is located. Typically, this is relatively easy, as your sewage pipes will go out in a straight line from the basement. Dig up the septic tank and check it for any damage that may have been caused by tree roots.

Now call a professional plumbing specialist and a tree root-remover and have them remove the roots. The plumber can then work on repairing the pipes and cleaning up and damage or clogs that the roots created. If the damage is too severe, however, you may have to get your pipe replaced.

Replace Your Sewer Line

Unfortunately, if the tree root damage requires you to replace your sewer pipe, you may be looking at a bill that costs about $2,600 or so. This national average will vary depending on your location, as well as the difficulty entailed in digging up the pipe and installing the new one. It will also vary depending on the severity of the pipe damage.

This problem will be even more problematic if you have to replace the sewer line underneath the street, due to root breakage. If the pipe is damaged before the tap underneath the street (the point at which local government is responsible for repairs), you may have to invest as much as $10,000 to replace your pipe.

It is important to get your sewer cleaned of tree roots as soon as possible. This will protect you from the kind of serious monetary investment that total replacement can cost. Learn more by contacting services like Holmes Sewer And Drain.