Trees, tree roots and sewer facts

Tree Root FYI


Trees, tree roots and sewer facts....

  • Sewer pipes deteriorate with age or can often separate and crack due to ground shifting and heaving. (Video inspection can determine condition of your lines) 
  • Roots from trees growing near your sewer lines can gain entry through cracked portions of sewer pipes. Sewer lines are typically laid 2 metres in depth, or more. 
  • The tree roots at that depth are referred to as tree "anchor roots".  The "Feeder Roots" are finer hair like roots that are fibrous are usually located within the first metre of soil. 
  • Anchor roots can surround intact sewer pipes indefinitely without causing blockages- its the cracks in your pipes that cause problems. 
  • A cracked sewer line allows sewage & water  to leak and air to escape into the ground, creating the right air, water and nutrient conditions at that depth similar to the surface.
  • Anchor roots at the site of the line leak then can grow very fine feeder roots that can enter the sewer pipe and create blockages.

Red Alert Sewer & Drain can cost effectively maintain your sewer lines through annual/ bi-annual preventative line cleaning & also through video inspection- ensure proper condition to keep your drains & sewer lines flowing. Preventative  maintenance your sewer lines can save you $1,000's in damages, costly insurance claims & major headaches!