Of all the plumbing issues that can cause trouble with your sewer line and underground pipes, many homeowners are surprised to learn that tree roots are high on the list of most common obstructions. Roots are strong and they are persistent, and having an expert team to turn to makes a big difference when they are interfering with your plumbing.
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How Can Tree Roots Damage Plumbing?
Tree roots damage plumbing because they can push against underground pipes, weakening them to the point that the roots end up growing right inside. Tree roots are constantly seeking out sources of water, and when condensation forms on the outside of your pipes, the roots see it as an ideal source of water and start to spread out. In the end, you may end up with a leaking underground pipe or a nearly immovable clog that requires a heavy duty professional drain cleaning solution.
Professional Inspection Finds the Problem
If you notice signs like higher water bills or soft, spongy ground in certain areas of your property, tree roots may be the issue. When you give Time Plumbing, Heating & Electric Inc. a call, we will send one of our technicians to inspect the pipes and determine if aggressive tree roots are the culprit. We may have to do some drain cleaning and repair or replace sections of pipe, depending on the damage. We will also eliminate the root problem, so it doesn’t happen again. The last thing you need is to have service to remove tree roots and then have the same problem over again, which is why choosing a reputable company to perform the removal is crucial.
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Prevention Tips You Can Use
As a homeowner, there are a few different preventative measures you can use to keep tree roots away from your pipes. Creating a barrier between the pipes and trees is one way. This can be accomplished with various chemical solutions, or with a physical barrier like wood or metal. You can also limit the number of trees you plant near known sewer lines and pipes, or plant slow growing varieties that won’t cause a problem.