Beneath the ground around your home, tree root intrusion is like a termite infestation. You can’t see it, but it’s slowly happening. Eventually, tree root intrusion causes significant problems, such as reduced water pressure, drains that clog or are slow flowing. At worse, it could even cause a comprehensive plumbing system failure. Unfortunately, the problem is not uncommon.
What is it?
The roots of some trees work their way deep and wide under the ground. Because plumbing pipes carry water through them, they are an enticing draw for tree roots, who are attracted to moisture. Over time, roots grow closer and closer to the pipes. As the strong root comes in contact with the exterior of the pipe, the root puts pressure on it. Eventually, the root will infiltrate the pipe through a hairline crack and grow into the pipe. You may not notice a problem inside your home at this point, however, one will occur in left untreated.
As the roots continue to grow larger and multiply, you will start noticing a difference in your home plumbing. Solid waste caught by the root will eventually start causing a blockage in the pipe, backing up toilets. If the problem is left unchecked at this point and tree root infiltration continues, the pipe becomes very weak and can eventually collapse.
Avoiding tree root intrusion
The smartest thing to do is not to plant trees in the line of plumbing pipes. For most homeowners with root intrusion problems, however, it may too late to use this strategy. You can avoid future problems by:
- Hiring a plumber to assess the plumbing lines. Using drain cameras, drain cleaning, hydrojetting or pip lining, the plumber can get rid of tiny roots before they cause big problems.
- Install a barrier to prevent root growth. It’s possible to use chemicals that are released over time to discourage plant growth.
- Strategically planting landscaping that doesn’t have penetrating roots. Know where sewer lines are located and use small plants in the area or slow-growing trees that don’t develop large, strong roots.
- Becoming aware of the warning signs. It’s always best to catch the problem in its early stages, which is when root infiltration is less costly to deal with. Some of the warning signs include frequent clogs, overflowing drains, gurgling toilets and slow-flowing drains.
Don’t let tree root infiltration happen under your watch. Know the signs of early problems and hire a plumber to inspect the system.
For answers to your questions, contact the Pink Plumber today.
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