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3 Ways to Tell You Have Tree Roots in Your Pipes

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As a homeowner in Southwest Florida, understanding your home's plumbing system is critical to maintaining the comfort and functionality of your home. One common issue many of our customers face is the infiltration of tree roots into their pipes. This problem might seem daunting, especially if you're unfamiliar with plumbing systems, but we're here to help! Below, we'll explain how tree roots can find their way into your drain and sewer pipes, and we'll give you three key signs to look out for that indicate this problem.

How Tree Roots Get into Drain and Sewer Pipes

Tree roots have a natural affinity for water sources; unfortunately, your plumbing system provides an ideal environment for them. As trees grow, their roots extend far and wide in search of moisture. If there are any cracks or gaps in your pipes, these roots can sneak in. Once inside, they continue to grow and expand, leading to blockages and potential pipe damage.

3 Signs That Tree Roots Have Infiltrated Your Plumbing System

  1. Slow Draining: One of the earliest signs of tree roots in your pipes is slow drainage. If your sinks, toilets, or showers are draining slower than usual, this could be due to root growth obstructing the water flow.
  2. Unpleasant Odors: Foul odors are another telltale sign of tree roots in your plumbing system. As roots infiltrate your pipes, they can cause blockages that lead to stagnant water, resulting in unpleasant smells coming from your drains.
  3. Recurring Clogs: Frequent clogs are a clear indication of tree roots in your pipes. As these roots grow, they trap debris and other materials, leading to recurring clogs that are difficult to clear using conventional methods like plunging or the old baking soda and white vinegar trick.

If you've noticed any of these signs, acting quickly is vital. Ignoring the problem can lead to more severe issues, such as burst pipes or sewage backups.

See What’s Going on With a Sewer Camera Inspection

At Pro-Tec Plumbing & Air, we offer sewer camera inspection services to accurately diagnose the presence of tree roots and other obstructions in your pipes. Our advanced camera technology allows our technicians to pinpoint the exact location and extent of root infiltration, enabling us to develop an effective solution.

Professional Sewer Line Services in Southwest Florida

Don't let tree roots wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Contact Pro-Tec Plumbing & Air today at (239) 688-4072 to schedule a sewer camera inspection. Our experienced technicians are ready to provide the reliable and efficient plumbing services you need to ensure the health and longevity of your pipes. Trust us with your plumbing needs in Fort Myers and beyond, and enjoy peace of mind knowing your home's plumbing is in safe hands.

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