Performing its work underground, a sewer line is easy to forget about: until disaster strikes. Regular maintenance can help to prevent blockages and equipment failure. However, it is important to keep in mind that shifts in the earth around a sewer line can also cause serious damage to the system. This can be dramatic as neighboring construction, or as slow but sure as the continued growth of large trees in the area.
In fact, tree roots often grow purposefully toward piping, attracted by the presence of moisture, as well as oxygen and other nutrients. Inevitably and inexorably, these roots explore any crack in the line, and can eventually begin to actively clog the flow of sewage. This can also lead to leakage that can pollute the ground surrounding area.
Potential signs that your entire system may be compromised by this kind of blockage include: intermittent gurgling sounds, slow draining, and eventually complete sewage backup in sinks, showers, toilets and other drains.
If you notice any of the above signs, it is crucial that you contact a local professional who specializes in sewer system maintenance and repair as soon as possible. In addition to fixing any damage, these trained technicians should be able to offer help with preventing hazardous root growth in the future. Call Gurney J. Bush, Inc. right away if you suspect tree damage.