Tree roots have a way of growing into sewer lines, especially when they're looking for water. Tree roots that puncture the sewer can cause clogs and backups, resulting in hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage. Luckily, there are ways that you can prevent tree roots from damaging the sewers on your property. The following tips will help you keep your property's tree roots under control.

Water Your Trees

Tree roots are more likely to grow out of their comfort zone and into your sewer line when the trees themselves are desperate for water. You can prevent this from occurring by watering your trees on a regular basis. Watch for signs of tree stress due to drought (such as leaves with scorched edges, unusually small leaves, and premature dropping of leaves). If your trees start to show signs of drought stress, water them on a regular basis.

Plant Sewer-Friendly Tree Varieties

Plant slow-growing trees with a small, contained root ball. Serviceberry, flowering dogwood and smoke tree are all good examples of good trees to plant near a sewer line. To that end, it's a good idea to avoid planting trees that are aggressive, fast-growing and water-loving, like willows, poplar and sycamore tree, because these trees are much more likely to search for water and nutrition inside the sewer pipes on your property.

Keep Trees Away from the Sewer Lines

If you're planning on planting any trees this summer, note the location of the sewer lines so you can avoid planting trees nearby. You may not be sure where the sewer lines are. If this is the case, check property maps that you may have acquired at the time that you purchased your property. If you don't have property maps, contact a plumber in your area. He or she can tell you where your sewer lines are, so you can plant trees accordingly.

Recognize the Warning Signs of a Clogged Sewer

If your sewers are beginning to clog, you may notice some of the following signs of problems:

  • Slow drains all over the house.
  • Water that drains in one fixture of the house appearing in another.
  • Mysterious gurgling in drains all over the house.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you'll know it's time to contact a plumber to find out if you need a sewer cleaning.

Have Your Sewer Lines Inspected Regularly

Getting your sewer lines inspected on a regular basis can help ensure that any tree roots growing in your sewer will be caught early and stopped. Have a licensed plumber inspect your sewer lines on an annual basis, and get your sewers cleaned regularly as needed.

To continue reading more about this topic, visit the website of a sewer cleaning company in your area.

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