Slow drain? Your landscaping may be the “root” cause.

There’s nothing worse than standing in your shower in inches of scummy water or brushing your teeth and waiting for the sink to drain. And let’s not even talk about toilets that are having trouble flushing.

Sluggish drains aren’t just a gross inconvenience; they could also be a sign of something more serious. Things like too much hair in the shower, flushing anything but toilet paper, or grease in the kitchen sink can understandably cause your pipes to clog. But if you’re starting to notice a regular pattern forming, it could be time to have a professional take a look—and not just inside your home, but at your landscaping as well.

Trees and bushes may add to your curb appeal, but their root systems can also damage the water and sewage pipes connected to your home. Not sure if there’s a larger issue at play? Here are a few things to keep an eye out for.

Outside of your home:

Inside your home:

When to call a professional.

We’ve established that tree roots can wreak havoc on plumbing systems near or under your home, but a watchful eye and early detection can prevent a problem from going from bad to worse. Once a tree root is inside a pipe, it will quickly expand to fill it, creating a complete blockage. It’s also important to note that roots can grow up to 100 feet from the tree’s base!

Think your roots may be the source of your problem? A professional plumber can help.

The internet is full of DIY tips to help with roots in your pipes, but professional plumbers have the right skills, tools, and experience to fix a drainage problem without causing more damage. They’ll start by running a camera down the pipes to get a visual of what’s exactly happening to determine the best course of action. They can permanently resolve the issue by removing broken pipes and repairing the entire line so that you can rest easy.

A few other things to keep in mind.

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