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3 Signs of Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line December 13, 2019

Watertown, Litchfield
3 Signs of Tree Roots in Your Sewer Line, Watertown, Connecticut

While trees are your property are excellent for lending charm, natural beauty, and shade from the summer sun, their large roots often find their way into your plumbing system. What you assume is simply a clogged drain may actually be the result of tree roots seeking to quench their insatiable thirst. If you’re dealing with some seemingly unexplainable plumbing issues, here are three signs that tree roots are to blame.

3 Signs of Tree Root Damage to Your Sewer Lines

1. Slow Drains

Clogged DrainIf your drains are still clogged even after endless plunging and snaking, it’s a strong sign that tree roots have broken into the sewer system around your home. 

2. Unexplained Foliage Growth

If one of the trees near your home has experienced a burst of fresh growth, it may have found a new source of water in your sewer lines. Once a tree has broken the sewer pipe, water may seep into the ground, watering the grass and nearby shrubbery as well. The grass in the area will look greener than the rest of the yard, which is a clear indication of a sewage line break. 

3. Unpleasant Smells

When tree roots break your sewage lines, the resulting smell is unmistakable. Sewage smells like rotten eggs or sulfur, and you’ll likely notice it around your plumbing fixtures and clogged drains. You may also notice this smell outside in the greener areas of your yard affected by they sewage line break. 


If you’re dealing with tree roots in your plumbing, turn to American Rooter in Watertown, CT. They’ve been aiding the residents of Rhode Island and Connecticut since 1980 with everything from clogged drains to septic cleaning and basement pumping. Their experienced team of professional plumbers are on call 24 hours a day to handle all your drain woes. Learn more about their services online or call them today at (860) 274-7338 to schedule an appointment. 

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