Industry News: Litigation

A city-owned tree is crushing his sewer line. Now he has to pay thousands

Thursday, August 16, 2018  
Posted by: Dana Walker

A homeowner was slapped with a hefty fee from the city to dig up a tree root crushing his


sewer line.

He doesn’t want to pay for the repairs and neither does the city.

“The tree has been there longer than I have,” said Ryan Aplanalp who lives in Midtown.

A 100-year-old tree is causing a stinky situation by digging deep roots under Aplanalp’s property.

“It’s growing into the pipe basically and causing the damage,” he said. “Everything started backing up from the shower to the toilet, to the laundry room.”

He hired a plumber in hopes of cutting off the problem, but it’s just too big.

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