Invasion of the Tree Roots: A Common Plumbing Problem

Invasion of the Tree Roots: A Common Plumbing Problem

Invasion of the Tree Roots: A Common Plumbing Problem

During the winter, most of the trees in your yard have gone dormant and look lifeless without leaves. Contrary to the way the trees look above ground, the root system of trees are working extra hard in winter to find the moisture and nutrients they need to feed the rest of the tree.


Tree roots wind, twist and grow, in and around things buried in your yard, until they find what they are looking for—warm, moist soil. This can lead to root systems wreaking havoc on your home’s plumbing.


During the colder months, most of us tend to use more hot water as we take longer and warmer showers and wash more dishes when guests come over. As this warm water travels through your drain line to the sewer, it becomes a warm, moist magnet for tree roots.

Tree roots are relentless in their search for water and nutrients and can sometimes break into the sewer drain line. The roots will continue to grow inside the drain creating a net for all the fats, grease, tissue, dirt and other solids flowing from your home.


If you think that roots may be causing a problem with your drains, here are the warning signs to look:

  • slow-flowing drains
  • gurgling noises in the toilet
  • frequent clogs


Root growth in sewer lines is a common problem many homeowners will have to tackle at some point. Fletcher’s Plumbing and Contracting, Inc. is always here to help. We specialize in trenchless technology allowing many sewer line repair or replacement jobs to be completed quickly without disrupting your landscaping or driveway. For more information on how we can help, contact us at 530-673-2489 or visit our website.