Any homeowner will agree that trees are a must-have as they bring not only shade bust positive aesthetics to the property. However, at the same time, they can wreak havoc on your lawn and in the sewage and water pipes beneath. Anytime root obstructions occurs, it can be a serious issue that you will want to deal with immediately because if you miss these warning signs, you may end up with some severe issues that include plumbing system failures along with other costly issues. Now, there are a host of signs that you may want to look out for that may cause tree roots to get into your pipes and the best way to catch this problem early is to know what you should be expecting. So, let’s take a look at a few common warning signs that there are tree roots in your sewer pipes.


Slow Emptying Drains

Drains that are moving slow to flow through are usually one of the first signs that there is root damage. For example, if you flush your toilet and it drains slowly or you happen to hear any kind of gurgling noise, there is a strong chance that roots have entered your pipes. Keep in mind, this is a risk that is particularly high for those in older homes or on properties where large trees are nearby.



While sinkholes may be normal in some areas of the country, they can also be a telltale sign of serious pipe damage caused by tree roots. If you happen to notice any visible sinkholes forming on your lawn, be sure to stay away and call a contractor immediately to come and take a look at the issue. Now, if the problem has progressed to the sinkhole stage, then the foundation might be in danger and you will want to take care as you transverse the property.


Collapsed And Blocked Pipes

Anyone who has had a toilet backup knows that they never fail to be a huge inconvenience. However, if it turns out that tree roots are the cause of the backup or blockage, you might be in an even worse situation. Root obstruction is actually one of the leading causes of clogged pipes and you will definitely need a professional to take care of that for you.


Bad Odors

Tree roots getting into the pipes can damage sewer lines which can also lead to unpleasant odors both inside and outside of your house. So, if you start to smell what seems like rotten eggs or any other bad odors, there is a strong chance that you have some serious blockage that needs to be attended to.


Removing tree roots from the pipes can be a daunting task and is not recommended to be done without professional help. If you happen to notice any of these signs, be sure to contact A&L Cesspool at (718) 729-3018 as soon as possible so we can come and take a look at the issue!