Let My Sewer Flow
October 13, 2012 1:40 PM Subscribe
Home Maintenance Filter: When I purchased my home three years ago, during the inspection, the sewer lines were found to be clogged (not completely) with tree roots (5 mature elm trees on the 10,000sqft lot). The seller had the line 'rooted' and we did an inspection of the sewer line afterward. All good. My inspector told me the line would have to be 'maintained' for tree roots. How often should I do this?
posted by shew to home & garden (9 answers total)
It's been three years now and I'm wondering how frequently this will need to be done. The home was a foreclosure that had probably never undergone such sewer line maintenance (according to the neighbors) - at least not in the past 15 years.
1) Is it time to perform this maintenance again?
2) Should I wait until there's a clog or a problem or is there some advantage to doing this type of thing proactively?
3) Should I do the 'line inspection' too? I remember that being at least double the cost of the actual clean out procedure.
4) Should I be using any chemicals that supposedly prevent the trees from making their way into the lines?