Why is my drain clogged?

Tai Irwin
6 Dec 2013

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Dangers Of Tree Roots In Your Sewer Line

North Shore Sewer RepairThough people often never consider it, tree roots in sewer lines present many dangers to homeowners. It may sound like an unlikely threat, but is actually a very common scenario which causes a lot of damage and incurs a great deal of expense. The problem is often not recognized until after an extensive amount of damage has been done.

Some of the effects of tree roots in a sewer line show up as plumbing issues that include slowly-running drains. Often the first assumption is that the drain is clogged with hair, food, or some other substance. Many homeowners face this problem by going through tedious steps that at the least may not help, and at the worst may result in excessive money spent and wasted time that allows the true problem to increase in danger. They try remedies such as hot water to flush the drain, chemicals, snakes, or plunging, and end up with less resources and the same persistent problem. Sometimes people will go through these steps multiple times, not realizing that the problem is actually best diagnosed by their local plumber.

Another danger of tree roots is the pinching of sewer lines. This causes poor water pressure, which can be a quick tip off when it happens despite having no previous issues. Pinched lines also cause toilets to regularly clog for no reason or to flush slowly. Again, although there can be common, easily rectified causes for these issues, it’s better to call a plumber to ensure that valuable time and money is not wasted, as often the cause of the problem is tree roots.

Finally one of the biggest dangers posed by tree roots is the potential of broken sewer lines by growth that eventually punctures the line. This can cause a burst pipe, which is expensive to repair, especially if it’s located in a hard to reach area such as under the foundation.

When any of these symptoms arise, the best course of action is to contact a reputable plumber, who can accurately diagnose the cause of the problem and save time and money.

Could the drains in your North Shore home be affected by tree roots? Call Tai Irwin Plumbing at 02 9451-1863 and schedule a service call today!