Tree roots can make their way into your sewer lines through loose joints and cracks. This actually is a common problem in old homes that have clay, cast iron, or asphalt composite piping. Tree roots in sewer pipes can mean an expensive repair. Getting rid of the blockage will cost you thousands, and this blockage will cause several plumbing issues in your home.
Thankfully, there are ways to prevent this from occurring. Here are some pre-emptive measures that you can take to prevent tree roots from inhibiting sewage flow and causing broken pipes and blockages.
Locate the Sewer Line
Get in touch with the local public works department to find out where your sewage line is located. In fact, this is something you should do before you landscape your garden, as it will give you an idea about pipes, lines, and cables under the ground.
Once you know the location of the sewer pipes, you will be able to take measures to prevent roots from creating havoc.
Grow Trees and Shrubs that are Sewer-Safe
When we say sewer-safe, we don’t mean trees and shrubs that don’t like sewer pipes. Roots of all trees and shrubs will make their way into sewer pipes if they get an opportunity. So instead of planting large trees with complex root systems close to your sewer pipes, think of planting them far away.
However, the best thing to do is opt for slow-growing trees and shrubs that have small root systems. That way, the roots will not penetrate deep enough to reach sewer pipes. Check with your local garden nursery to find out which trees and shrubs have small root systems and grow those in your front and back yards.
Watch for Warning Signs
Drains that clog frequently may be a sign that roots have begun to damage your sewer pipes. If you notice overflowing, slow-flowing drains that are always clogging up, this could mean a much bigger problem. It’s best to contact a plumber as soon as possible to find out if tree roots are the cause of the issues in your sewer pipes. A professional can then advise you on the best ways to prevent further damage and repair minor problems before they get worse.
Regular Inspection and Maintenance
If you have clogged drains, slow venting drains, or your drains emit a gurgling sound each time water is vented, you should get a specialist plumbing company to inspect your sewer pipes. In the meantime, you should be preventing the entry of tree roots in sewer pipes by opting for regular inspection and maintenance.
Experienced plumbing companies can conduct a thorough inspection of your sewer pipes and then recommend the required maintenance to prevent roots from getting comfortable in these pipes. With regular clearing of the lines and maintenance, you can easily avoid tree roots in sewer pipes.
If you live in Toronto or the surrounding areas, contact ExpressRooter Plumbing. We are plumbing specialists and use state-of-the-art technology to inspect sewer lines, detecting the cause of the problem quickly. We use a digital pipe locator to precisely locate the problem without putting you through unwanted digging and guesswork. We also offer regular sewer pipe inspection and maintenance for your convenience and comfort.