A Local Incident Regarding Trees & Plumbing

While trees love water, trees and plumbing don’t always get along. On 1 May 2018, the Toronto Star reported on a dispute between homeowner Anna Arniotis, 84, and the city of Toronto about a city-owned tree that was affecting her plumbing system by way of a cracked pipe on her property.

A 55-60-year-old tree growing near her home may or may not have created the crack in the pipe, but the roots of the tree definitely invaded the crack and caused flooding in her basement. The city argued that the repairs and damage are her responsibility because the damaged pipe in question lays on her side of the property line. There was no direct evidence to suggest that the tree caused a crack in her pipes, despite the fact that the tree’s roots were evident within the cracked pipe.

Beware of Planting Trees Near Your Home

If planting trees near your home, ensure you know where your sewer and plumbing systems are located, and distance new trees at least 3 meters/10 feet away. You should avoid planting Willow trees, Oak trees, Birch trees, Chinese Tallow trees, and Norway Maple trees near your home because of how large they grow and how their root systems are very invasive.

Beware of Large Trees Already Growing Near Your Home

You should have your drains and plumbing systems inspected at least every two years, especially if you have large trees growing near your home that pose a risk. If you have tall trees with aggressive root systems on your property that may affect your plumbing, you should call a plumber to inspect your system in order to prevent potentially high-priced damage to your plumbing and home. You may also need to hire an arborist or tree-service to inspect and manage trees near your house that could affect your plumbing system. If you find yourself in a situation where a tree damages underground pipes that need to be dug up and replaced, in addition to eliminating the tree, the entire process could cost you over $10,000.

Pay Attention to your Plumbing

You must pay attention to signs that your plumbing system is compromised by damage or tree invasion, which may include: slow drainage flow in sinks, showers, bathtubs, or floor drains; gurgling noises coming from your toilets or sinks; and recurring clogged toilets, clogged sinks, flooding, or overflowing in your home.

Don’t Let Your Plumbing Problems Grow, Wrench It Up!

Now you have an idea of how trees can harm your plumbing system. If you experience any of these issues, or if you need an informative inspection of your plumbing system, you should contact us at Wrench It Up so we can provide effective and affordable plumbing repairs and solutions from our team of licensed and experienced professional plumbers.