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Drought Causing Thirsty Tree Roots to Grow into Sewer Lines

Updated: 09/15/2013 12:43 PM
Created: 09/14/2013 5:00 PM KSTP.com
By: Joy Lim Nakrin

Our recent drought conditions are causing an unexpected problem for homeowners: thirsty tree roots looking for water are growing into sewer lines, clogging or even breaking them.

Jeff Schnabel of Roto-Rooter in Minneapolis says of calls for sewer line problems, "I would say over the last few weeks we've had quite an uptick, maybe a 20% increase in the amount of sewer lines that are full of roots that we're seeing."

Schnabel says the most costly consequence can require excavation, which can run $2,500 to $25,000.

Schnabel recommends cleaning sewer lines every one to two years to catch root growth before it gets more serious.


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