Tree Roots and Your Plumbing

December 16, 2018by Lasiter & Lasiter

Tree Roots Are Often a Threat To Your Plumbing Setup

The trees outside your home are among the most beautiful things you can have on your property. Trees provide shade to your home and add to the curb appeal. But sometimes a tree might grow to the point where its roots get in the way of your plumbing fixtures.

Specifically, your tree roots may interfere with your plumbing pipes, thus making it harder for water to move through effectively. The outcome might be the need for plumbing services.

Why Tree Roots Get In the Way

Your tree’s roots can grow at random with those roots becoming larger as the tree grows. But the roots may be naturally attracted to your plumbing pipes. The water that flows through the pipes may be a factor.

Your pipes contain the water that tree roots need to survive. The water will help the tree to restore its nutrients and oxygen stores. The root could be powerful enough to where it will grow into your pipes.

A root may identify a crack or leak in a pipe and then grow into the area through the pipe wall. The flow of water will become inhibited due to the root obstructing the space.

The problem can be prevalent among those who have the aspen, sycamore, cottonwood, or sweetgum trees in their lawns. These are the trees most likely to cause plumbing problems.

How Can You Resolve the Problem?

The good news is that you don’t have to tear down your trees to fix the plumbing problem. You can talk with a plumber like us at Lasiter and Lasiter Plumbing for help with resolving the issue. An inspection of your plumbing system is completed with a camera probe to identify what is inside your sewer line.

A few things can help when looking at your plumbing needs:

  • A hydro cutter or drill may help you clear out the roots. The pipe will kill off the roots to ensure they will move out of the plumbing system.
  • A herbicide material may work around the roots to kill them off. Also, a herbicide can go on the pipe walls. The application prevents the rooms from growing once again for a few years. You should ensure that the herbicide is safe for use and that the compound does not work on lines for general food needs.
  • A no-dig process may also help with clearing out sewer pipes. Part of this includes removing the roots from these spots as necessary, thus ensuring your layout will be safe while no one has to dig through the surface.
  • Lasiter and Lasiter Plumbing when it comes to getting your plumbing setup handled the right way. You can ensure that the roots around your lawn will not get in the way of your plumbing setup.

Need Plumbing Help?

If you have tree root issues, call a plumber like Lasiter and Lasiter Plumbing. We’ll be glad to help you with any of your plumbing issues.


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