We had an emergency sewer replacement this weekend. Roots from an Evergreen bush penetrated the joint on a sewer hub and grew into the sewer line. The growth took place over several years and the evergreen bush was able to establish a 7 foot long root system, which filled the inside the pipe causing a complete blockage of the homes sewer line. This is not an uncommon repair, and yearly sewer line maintenance rodding can prevent these types of emergency situations. The last image included is an illustration from our friends at The Family Handyman to help explain how this happens.
Written by Eric Rickert