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Signs You Have Tree Roots In Your Sewer Line

Trees make a great addition to any yard, providing shade and even a place for children to play. However, trees can do a lot of damage to the pipes that run under your lawn. This is because tree roots are constantly growing to seek out moisture, and even the smallest leak in the pipes can attract them. Here are some signs that tree roots have infiltrated your pipes.


Sinkholes may be common in some areas, they’re also an indicator of major pipe damage in your yard. When tree roots grow into pipes, they widen the cracks and allow more and more water into the yard, creating sinkholes. If you notice any soft spots or visible sinking in your yard, call a plumber immediately.

Slowly Draining Water

Water that drains slowly is one of the clearest signs of clogged pipes and usually the first sign of tree roots growing in the pipes outside your home. Especially if you live in a home with large trees nearby, slowly draining water is likely a sign of tree root damage rather than another type of blockage. Contact a plumber as soon as you notice this problem.

Bad Smells

When there’s a plumbing blockage in your home, it will often make itself known by smelling bad, either inside or outside your house. If you smell foul odors, like rotten eggs or the smell of sewage, you have a serious plumbing issue that needs to be addressed. Don’t ignore bad odors — call a professional.

Green Lawn Patches

As mentioned above, tree roots widen cracks when they enter your pipes, causing more moisture to escape into the yard. If you notice quickly growing grass, bushes or trees in a specific area of your yard (especially during dry seasons), it could indicate damage from tree roots to your pipes. Have a plumber inspect the area for leaks.

When it comes to your home’s pipes, being able to see the signs of a problem before it turns into a plumbing disaster can save you a lot of time and money. If you notice any signs of tree roots in your pipes, contact the professionals at Parker & Sons Plumbing immediately. We offer a variety of quality plumbing services, from drain cleaning to sewer line repair, to San Antonio area residents.

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