Three Signs Of Tree Root Damage To Your Sewer Main

Your trees are a prominent part of your exterior design, but their roots can represent a serious threat to your home's plumbing system. As they grow, they can shift or break the sewer main that runs under your yard. If you notice any of the following signs that your sewer main may be damaged because of tree roots, you should get in touch with an emergency plumbing service straight away. Waiting can allow additional damage to occur, and sewage leaking into the soil underneath your lawn poses a serious health hazard, and can also cause additional damage to your landscaping design. 

Drainage Issues

The first sign of a clogged sewer main that you are likely to notice is a clog throughout your entire home. This indicates that roots are blocking your sewer main. In some cases, the blockage is only partial, and you will hear a gurgling coming out of your drains and toilets as water slowly makes its way through the pipes. In other, more severe cases, the sewer main is blocked entirely, which can cause waste to back up into your home — usually starting in the basement and lower level drains first before affecting all levels of your property at the same time. 

Intense Plant Growth

An extremely noticeable sign that your sewer main may be leaking — regardless of if tree roots are causing it — is the rapid growth of plant life in a specific area of your yard well in excess of how the rest of your yard is growing. This indicates that sewage is leaking out of your sewer main, which is then acting as a fertilizer to the surrounding plant life — at least in the short term. Constant exposure to sewage can eventually "burn" or kill your plant life, leaving large dead patches in your yard. 

Strong Smells and Standing Water

Another clear sign that tree roots may have caused damage and distress to your sewer main is if there is a strong and unpleasant smell that hangs over your yard at all times of the day, especially if accompanied by spongy ground or pools of standing water. The moisture is the result of untreated sewage leaking into your yard — hence the smell — and also represents a serious health hazard if left unchecked. Avoid going near the affected area, and get in touch with a plumber like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc. straight away, as standing sewage in your yard indicates that the leak is quite large.