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How to Avoid Tree Roots in the Sewer Line

Nov 29, 2023

How to Avoid Tree Roots in the Sewer Line

If you have wet spots in your yard or slow -draining fixtures, one possible cause is tree roots in your sewer line. By nature, tree roots are constantly searching for sources of water and nutrients. Sewer lines, carrying wastewater, offer a consistent and abundant supply of moisture, making them an attractive target for thirsty roots. Once tree roots have entered a sewer line through cracks or other breaches in the pipes, they can quickly grow and fill the pipes, causing a number of problems.

In this blog post, Sunshine Plumbers will share some of our best tips for preventing tree roots from growing into your sewer line.

  • Plant Trees With Limited Root Growth

When selecting trees for your landscaping, choose varieties with less aggressive root systems. Opt for trees that are known for their shallow, non-invasive roots, such as dogwoods, maples, and Japanese cherries. Planting trees at a safe distance from your sewer line is also crucial. A general rule of thumb is to plant trees at least 10 feet away from any underground pipes.

  • Replace Old, Broken Pipes

Over time, sewer lines can deteriorate and develop cracks or breaks. These openings provide an easy entry point for tree roots to invade. If you suspect that your sewer lines are old or damaged, schedule a consultation with a professional plumber. They can assess the condition of your pipes and recommend the necessary repairs or replacements to prevent tree root intrusion.

  • Use An Impenetrable  Pipe Liner

A pipe liner is a durable, epoxy-coated sleeve that is inserted into an existing sewer line to create a seamless, root-resistant barrier. This sewer line repair method is particularly effective for older pipes with minor cracks or imperfections. Pipe lining provides a long-lasting solution to prevent tree roots from infiltrating and causing further damage.

  • Use A Root Barrier

Installing a root barrier, typically made of metal or dense plastic, can be an effective way to redirect tree roots away from your sewer lines. Proper installation by a plumbing service is crucial for optimal effectiveness.

  • Use Chemical Root Inhibitors

Chemical root inhibitors can be applied to existing tree roots to halt their growth and prevent them from encroaching on sewer lines. These chemicals are typically applied through the sewer line itself and can effectively control root growth without harming other plants in your yard.

  • Repair Leaks Promptly

Leaking pipes provide a source of moisture that attracts tree roots. If you notice any leaks in your plumbing system, call a nearby plumbing service to address them promptly and prevent tree roots from taking advantage of the water source. Timely leak repairs can help maintain the integrity of your sewer lines and discourage root intrusion.

  • Schedule Regular Plumbing Inspections

Regular plumbing inspections are essential for early detection of tree root problems. A professional plumber can inspect your sewer line using a camera to identify any root infiltration or potential entry points. Early detection allows for proactive treatment and prevents tree roots from causing major damage.

Call Sunshine Plumbers To Help You Get Tree Roots Out Of Your Sewer Line Pipe

If you're dealing with persistent tree root problems in your sewer line, don't hesitate to contact Sunshine Plumbers. Our experienced plumbers offer specialized services, including trenchless sewer line repair and hydro-jetting sewer cleaning, to effectively remove roots and restore your plumbing system to optimal condition.