5 Tips to Help You Prevent Plumbing Issues Caused by Tree Roots

May 27, 2019

5 Tips to Help You Prevent Plumbing Issues Caused by Tree Roots

Tree roots can cause serious issues for a person’s plumbing. At High Speed Plumbing we can help with sewer line replacement and repair if needed, but we can also suggest a few ways to lower the chances that tree roots will cause an issue for your pipes. Read on to learn more about them and then contact us at 626-890-0185 if you are in need of assistance.

  1. Be Aware of Where Your Sewer System and Pipes Are
  2. First and foremost, it is essential to know where your sewer systems and pipes are. You can use the national number 811 to find out where the underground utilities are as well ,which includes cables and lines. Knowing what is in your yard helps you prevent accidental mistakes when digging and long-term damage when roots grow.

  3. Be Mindful of Where You Plant Trees and Shrubs
  4. If you are planting a tree that has water-hungry, spreading roots then it should be planted at least 20 feet from any water or sewer line – preferably 30 feet away. You need to ensure that there is enough space for the plant to grow over the years, and for its root system to mature, without causing issues to your pipes.

  5.  Choose the Right Trees and Shrubs to Plant
  6. It is common for a homeowner to not have anywhere in their yard that is 20 feet away from all water or sewer lines. This does not leave you with no options – it just means that you must choose a tree or shrub to plan that does not have such aggressive root systems. Your local arborist or plant center can help you choose a tree or shrub that fits this bill.

  7. Keep Your Sewer System Repaired
  8. If you have a broken or leaking pipe, roots make quickly grow toward it. Remember that tree roots see pipes as a great source of water, oxygen, and nutrients. If you keep your sewer system and pipes repaired and free from cracks or breaks, then tree roots will be less likely to even know that the water is there.

  9. Use a Root Growth Barrier
  10. Root growth barriers can be a decent stop-gap measure. They consist of slow-release chemicals that discourage roots from growing near the sewer line path. There are also physical barriers that can be buried half a foot to a foot deeper than the pipe. They are made from metal or wood and run vertically to the sewer line to try and prevent roots from getting through.

Once again, if you do have root growth into your pipes then it is essential to talk to a local plumber as soon as possible. You can reach High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185 to begin the process.