How Tree Roots Affect Your Plumbing

Water Leak Detection & Repair Metairie, LAWe have so many beautiful, large trees in and around New Orleans. Unfortunately, tree root can cause some major issues for the home plumbing. In this article, Bienvenu Brothers looks at how tree roots affect your plumbing.

Why Tree Roots Are a Problem

Roots grow into the pipes because they like it there. Sewer pipes contain water, nutrients and oxygen-the essential elements for trees to grow. Tree roots growing inside sewer pipes are one of the most expensive sewer maintenance items experienced by our customers. Roots from trees growing on private property and on parkways throughout the service area are responsible for many of the sanitary sewer service backups and damaged sewer pipes experienced in our community.

What Tree Roots Do to Plumbing

If not disturbed, the roots will completely fill the pipe with multiple hair-like root masses at each point of entry. The root masses quickly become clogged with toilet tissue, grease and other debris flowing from homes and businesses to the main sewer, resulting in reduced flow and slowed drains. A complete blockage may occur if the roots are not removed and root growth impeded.
Once roots have entered the pipe, they continue to grow and expand, exerting considerable pressure at the crack or joint. The increased pressure often breaks the pipe and may result in total collapse, which requires repair or replacement.

Warning Signs

There are a few warning signs, though, and paying close attention could minimize the problem. They include include slow-flowing drains, gurgling noises in the toilet and frequent clogs. Even if you think a recurring clog is related to the age of your toilet, it could be something much more extensive, such as a tree root blockage.

Call Bienvenu Brothers

Give our New Orleans plumbing experts a call at (504) 835-7783. We’ll be happy to discuss your tree roots problem options with you.