Ask Pete: What Happens If Tree Roots Get Into The Sewer Line?

Are you experiencing clogged drains? Gurgling sounds? Inexplicable sinkholes in your yard? There’s a chance a tree root has gotten into your sewer line. If you’re wondering how this can happen, you’re not alone. Your sewer line runs out of your house underground, making it easy for trees growing near your sewer line to invade. 

In today’s Ask Pete, I’m going to help you understand what happens if tree roots get into the sewer line and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you. 

The Question: What Happens If Tree Roots Get Into The Sewer Line?

Did you know that trees never stop growing? Because of this, trees are constantly sending out roots to gain nutrients and grow even more. Your sewer line is full of organic waste, an ideal nutrient for trees. If your sewer pipes aren’t strong enough to withstand the strength 

of tree roots, they’re vulnerable to an invasion. 

When tree roots get into your sewer line, they can cause a variety of problems:

  • Blocked water flow
  • Pipe damage
  • Sewage leaks in your yard
  • Costly repairs

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Roots In Sewer Lines?

Standard homeowners insurance policies won’t cover roots that get into your sewer lines. While it may cover sudden damage to a sewer line, most homeowners insurance doesn’t protect against what it considers “preventable damage.” Still, you may be able to purchase an additional policy to protect against tree roots damaging your sewer line. 

Is It Common To Have Tree Roots In Your Sewer Line?

Having tree roots get into your sewer line is much more common than you might think. Of course, you’re more likely to have tree roots in your sewer line if your home has several trees growing on its property. The more trees on your land, the more likely you are to get a tree root in your sewer line. 

But that doesn’t mean you must immediately chop down every tree in your yard. Instead, regularly clean your sewer lines, keep an eye on their condition, and understand the signs that a tree root may be affecting your sewage pipes

How Fast Do Tree Roots Grow Back In Sewer Pipes?

Every pipe is different, which means the amount of time it takes for tree roots to grow into sewer pipes depends on the condition of your sewage line. Trees will easily invade a cracked or old pipe, while newer ones will take longer to damage. It can take anywhere from 30 days to two years for tree roots to grow back in sewer pipes. 

How Do I Get Rid Of Tree Roots In My Sewer Line?

Getting rid of the tree roots in your sewer line isn’t a task for the faint of heart. Depending on the damage, it may require digging up your yard. Even if you have more than basic plumbing knowledge, a professional plumber is the best person to help you if you suspect tree roots are growing in your sewer line.

Our team at Phend Plumbing would be happy to help you with the tree roots in your sewer line. We are a family-owned plumbing business in the Phoenix Valley area with offices in Mesa-Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona. Our team has years of experience helping homeowners and businesses with all their plumbing needs. We offer up-front pricing and fast, professional work. Call us at 480-388-6093 or contact us online for a fast, free estimate on removing the tree roots from your sewer line today.