Tree roots can wreak all kinds of havoc on your plumbing system, and are often responsible for major plumbing and sewer issues. When it comes to taking care of your plumbing and preventing plumbing problems, one of the most important things to consider is how to prevent root damage to your plumbing. Trees are wonderful, beautiful, and necessary. They help clean the air, provide shade, and make our world a more beautiful place. So how can your trees and plumbing system live in harmony? Here are some tips on how to prevent root damage to your plumbing.

Choose Wisely

One of the best ways to prevent root damage to your plumbing system is to carefully select trees and shrubs. Tree roots naturally grow towards water, and this includes the condensation from your pipes. Pipes sweat which creates a damp area that roots are attracted to. To minimize damage from tree roots to your plumbing. Select trees that are slow growing with small root systems; Japanese Maples are a good example and are a popular choice. There are also several species of Dogwoods and Magnolia that are excellent choices as well.

Location, Location, Location

Pay attention to the location of your plumbing lines when planting trees. Avoid planting trees and shrubs close to your lateral line. Keep trees a safe distance away from major sewer lines to prevent problems latter down the road. You may also want to consider using a protective barrier around plumbing lines to discourage would be tree roots from infiltrating. Growth inhibitors such as, copper sulfate and potassium hydroxide are effective and often used in residential settings. Physical barriers make of metal or wood can also be used to protect sewer lines.

Recognize the Warning Signs

One of the biggest signs that you have a tree root problem is frequent clogs. Clogged drains that won’t go away, slow drainage, and toilets that gurgle are all signs of tree root damage to your plumbing. Proper inspection is needed by a professional. Video pipe inspection is a great way to get to the root of the problem. It you should contact a professional plumber before the situation gets any worse.

To learn more about how tree roots can damage your plumbing and other plumbing-related topics contact John Owens Services today!

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