Typically when your sewer or septic system drains are clogged, they will back up on the lower levels first (in the basement drain or the first-floor bathtub). A clogged sewer from the roots catching the debris you’re trying to flush away will quickly cause a sewer backup. Keep in mind that a clogged sewer is not automatically due to root growth.
An assessment from our expert plumbers will help you get to the bottom of the issue and suggest the right way to fix it.
Your drainage pipes take the wastewater from your home to the municipal storm pipes. When pipes are damaged and root control is needed, your drains may move very slowly. Keep in mind that root growth is not the only possible reason your drains aren’t flowing.
Check first that this isn’t an isolated case. If your kitchen drain is slow, but your bathroom sink is draining just fine, it’s most likely just a grease buildup making it hard for water to flow, but if you had root damage the whole home’s system would be draining slowly.
Just as your tree roots are drawn to your water lines, your sewer or septic system lines are just the same. Sometimes in Ottawa’s older neighbourhoods, sewer or septic system pipes are clay and break easily. Tree roots can make it even worse and can back it up, causing a bad smell inside and outside the house.
Puddles & Sink Holes
When tree roots make their way into your water line and cause even more damage, and eventually destroy the underground pipe walls and cause puddles to form on your lawn. If left untreated, water will eventually saturate and erode your soil, forming a sinkhole. Sinkholes are nothing to scoff at: they can cause foundation problems and structural issues before you know it.