Trees are magnificent to look upon and provide shade and, most importantly, play an integral part in maintaining a healthy environment. Trees are planted all over the world every day in an attempt to make the earth work better. And they do make the earth work better.
Leaking Sewer Pipes
What they do not make work better are sewer pipes. Sewer pipes are those which lead to the City’s main sewer line and carry waste to the central system. If you have ever experienced a breakage with leaking sewer product or main line stoppage, it’s likely you know the pain of tree roots in the sewer line. They can also make their way into a loose plumbing joint and separate a partially intact line. A professional plumber is expert at fixing this most dreaded of plumbing disasters.
Before the destruction strikes, take into consideration where you place your trees. Also, you should keep in mind that tree roots not only grow down, they grow out. Do research or consult an arborist so you can make the best choices for types of trees and their placement.
If you have an existing tree close to your main sewer line and you have many clogs, you might want to consider removing the problematic roots. Unfortunately, this will mean removing the tree, but the burden of constant rooter treatment to keep the pipes clear is a huge one. Rather than waiting for the call for the plunger, which will only put a bandage on the problem, removal will prevent those calls to aid in the bathroom.
A strong root can bust through a ceramic pipe and an adventitious root may not break the pipe, but it is an opportunist and will wrap itself within the line. The interior of a pipe is a root’s paradise. The pipe has water, nutrients, and oxygen. Roots in pipes are happy! Once they are in there, they will not back down. They will grow deeper and longer into the pipes.
All of the above is a mess, no question, but a skilled plumber can fix all of these problems and make everything work properly once again. The roots may have the advantage pre-plumbing visit, but once a professional addresses the issue, they do not have a chance!
If you’re struggling with roots in pipes, call Reckon & Reckon Plumbing for help at 1-877-473-2566.