Tree roots are infiltrating my sewer or drain lines, what can be done?

In most circumstances, tree roots infiltrating buried pipes are a symptom of a failed or worn out system. Pipes with failed joints, cracks, or other openings leak nutrient-rich water, inviting tree roots to enter. When a pipe is properly sealed and does not leak, a tree root has no way to enter the interior of the system. Generally speaking, tree removals for this reason will not be authorized, however, property owners experiencing these issues are encouraged to contact the Urban Forester for an assessment before moving forward. We may be able to help you navigate options for mitigation instead of complete line replacement.

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1. Who owns trees in the tree lawn?
2. Who is responsible for managing street trees?
3. Can I remove a street tree myself?
4. Can I prune a street tree myself?
5. Can I plant a street tree myself or hire a contractor to do it?
6. Can I request that the City plant a tree in front of my house?
7. Can I help select the species of tree that will be planted in front of my property?
8. I just built a new house in Marysville. What do I need to know about street trees?
9. How do I report street tree storm damage or other hazardous condition?
10. Can the Urban Forester answer questions about trees on my own property?
11. What trees are approved for planting in City right-of-ways?
12. How does the City decide that a street tree should be removed?
13. Tree roots are lifting my sidewalk, can the City remove the tree and fix the sidewalk?
14. Tree roots are infiltrating my sewer or drain lines, what can be done?