Your tree might look pretty, but its roots are pretty dangerous for your pipes. When a root finds a gap or a leak in a pipe, it’s going to move in and make itself right at home in the water.
Repairing damage from tree roots in pipes is expensive. It’s difficult to get your insurance company to cover root damage, especially if the roots are from a tree on your neighbor’s property. Work together with your neighbors to prevent damage to both properties.
Since roots are capable of extending anywhere from two to seven times the height of the tree, a lot of your pipes are vulnerable to the effects of roots in sewer lines. But, rest assured, preventing this problem is easier than you think.
Find the sewer lines.
If you want to add a little beauty to your yard with landscaping, it’s important to know exactly where your sewer lines are before you get started. Simply call your local public works department to find underground utility lines. Or, dial 811, the national “Call Before You Dig” number.
Block roots from sewer lines.
Creating a barrier between trees and sewer lines discourages tree root clogs. There are several options for this, including chemical growth inhibitors. You’re able to purchase these chemicals at a hardware or garden store. Another option is using an actual physical barrier to surround the pipes. Metal or wood that’s buried less than a foot below and on either side of the pipe does the trick.
There are a lot of things to keep an eye on when it comes to combating roots in sewer lines. Pay attention to your plumbing. Are you noticing water backups and clogged pipes? If they’re persistent and not easily fixed by common methods, they could be caused by root growth. Also, take note of the weather. Droughts are a major factor in root clogs. When there’s little to no rain, roots travel long distances to find water – and your pipes are full of it.
Ultimately, if you know you’re susceptible to root damage, have them cleaned and cleared by a professional. Regular maintenance is going to save you headaches in the long run.
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