What to Do If You Have Tree Roots in Your Pipes

What to Do If You Have Tree Roots in Your Pipes

Trees add beauty and shade to any landscape, but their roots can cause severe damage to your pipes. Sewer pipes contain water, nutrients, and oxygen—the perfect combination for tree roots to thrive on. Tree roots growing inside of sewer pipes are one of the most expensive sewer maintenance items.

Here, let’s look at what to do if you develop roots in your pipes:

How Do Roots Get in Pipes?

When warm water flows through sewer pipes, vapor escapes through cracks or loose joints into the cooler soil all around the pipes. This attracts tree roots, which naturally grow towards the vapor and will eventually make their way into the pipes themselves. Once they have made it inside the roots will continue to thrive in your pipes, rapidly growing and eventually destroying the pipes themselves.

Signs of Roots in Pipes

As the roots take up more and more space in the pipe, they act as a net, catching debris from the house.

Signs tree roots may be blocking your pipes include:

  • Slow flowing drains
  • Gurgling noises from the toilet bowl when the roots first appear

A complete blockage will occur if no steps are taken to remove the roots.

What Can You Do If You Have Roots?

Homeowners should be aware of the location of their pipes and avoid planting certain types of trees near the lines. Trees should be located more than ten feet from sewer lines to decrease the likelihood of root intrusion.

If roots do grow inside your pipes, the common way to have them removed is by the use of augers, root saws, and high-pressure flushers.

Knowing how to keep roots away from your pipes is the best way to ensure they don’t grow there. Be aware of the locations of your home’s pipes and avoid trees with long root systems.

Contact Climate Design for Plumbing Service in Clearwater, FL

If you are having problems with stubborn roots, give us a call here at Climate Design. We will be glad to help you.

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