Now that spring has sprung, you are back outside and giving some much-needed attention to your lawn and garden. The new season brings new life, flowers bloom, the grass grows, and trees start growing their leaves. Another thing that trees grow, but unseen, are their roots. Those tree roots can potentially be damaging to your home’s sewage lines and cause plumbing problems, so you need to know what you can do to stop any problems before they happen.
If you have been hoping to add to your landscaping, there are some things you can do to help prevent roots from causing major issues later on. First and foremost, if you are not sure what lies beneath the surface of your lawn or garden, you need to call 811 before you dig. Plan on calling a few days before starting your project and the utility company will send a locator who will mark the approximate location of your underground utility lines.
With the lines drawn, you can advance to where the best spots are for planting a new tree or shrub. Measure out a safe distance from your house so you know that no roots can interfere with underground pipes. For trees that have spreading root systems, you will want to plant at least 20 feet away from water and sewer lines.
After you have planted, you need to be sure that you are taking proper care of your new landscaping. The rain will certainly help, but you should also be watering the plants regularly. Plants and shrubs need healthy soil and plenty of water. Otherwise, the roots will seek out water lines.
However, if you have an already established landscaping, you may not know where the roots are about your sewer line. One clear sign that roots could be in your pipes is if you have multiple plumbing fixtures backing up. Also, if flushing the toilet causes another drain to backup, or if the toilet does not correctly flush, that could be a sign that you need to call a plumber.
Kellermeier Plumbing can help with an affordable sewer line inspection. Homeowners can be responsible for repairs that leak into the street. Being able to know if a future disaster is coming is one of the best reasons to get a sewer line inspection. The other purpose? Not having to pay between $5,000 to $15,000 for repairs.
Take your home inspections one step further with a Drain Inspection. We can show you inside your sewer lines to expose any hidden problems before you start renovations. The inspection will show the condition of the pipes and whether there are cracks, tree roots, sags, or clogs messing with the line.
At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service. Call us today at 616-866-5134 to schedule a sewer line inspection.