Tree roots can damage or block your drainage pipes, causing you a lot of money in the form of repairs. Here are some of the signs that should tell you your drainage system is being affected by tree roots:
Slow Draining Fixtures
Slow drains are some of the first signs of tree root damage. The problem arises because the tree roots grow into the pipes and reduce their diameter. The reduced diameter only allows a small volume of wastewater to flow through at a time, hence the slow drains. Of course, there are other causes of slow drains, but if you have tried the usual methods of unblocking drains without positive results, you are probably dealing with root damage.
Unpleasant Odors around the Home
Tree roots not only clog drainage pipes, but they can also widen the existing cracks and damage the seams. If that happens, then some of the wastewater will be leaking into the ground instead of getting disposed of in the usual manner. Therefore, you should suspect tree root intrusion if you can sense unpleasant odor in different sections of your property.
Soggy Lawn or Drain Field
If the tree roots have caused significant damage to the drainage system, then there may also be visible signs of water in your lawn or septic drain field. These patches of water are created by leaking drainage pipes that are being blocked by the roots or by damaged pipes. In some cases, the wastewater may also overflow the septic tank when the tank is full but its exit pipes are blocked by tree roots.
Appearance of Sinkholes
This is one of the late signs of tree root intrusion; you will usually see sinkholes in your home if you haven't been paying attention to other signs of root intrusion. The sinkholes appear because when tree roots damage the plumbing system, they allow wastewater to leak into the yard and create soft stops. The sinkholes appear when the soft spots in the yard eventually sink down.
Patches of Green in the Drain Field
If the flooding or leakage has been ongoing for some time, then you may also see patches of ground with thriving grass or plants in the lawn or septic drain field. These are parts of your property that are receiving the nutrient dense wastewater that the plants are feeding on.
Consult a technician as soon as you notice any of these signs on your drainage system. You need to nip the problem in the bud before it causes even further damage. To learn more, contact a company like First Class Plumbing of Florida Inc.