It is nice to have lots of nice big trees in one’s yard or business can look great but they can end up being your worst enemy. Tree roots are a main issue with plumbing and always have been. A tree’s root system can stretch far more than the width of the tree. Large developed trees can be nice additions to landscapes that add beauty and shade, but their roots can be problematic and cause damage to plumbing and sewer pipes.
Tree roots seek moisture their roots will grow into small cracks and voids in pipes. The pipes containing water, oxygen and nutrients that the roots are drawn to and they will continue to grow eventually clogging up the circumference of the pipe.
These roots tend to go where the water goes and can literally grow throw the plumbing pipes and cause cracks and splits which means LEAKS. Nobody wants a leak and these roots can cause leaks one after another.
Besides causing blockage, tree root damage to sewer pipes are one of the most expensive problems to fix for our business and homeowner customers. Tree roots on private property often are the cause of damage to public water systems and local communities.
If you ever have problems with tree roots invading your pipes, we recommend that you check your insurance policy to see what coverages are included in your policy. Typically most insurance policies cover work that is directly below the house and anything outside of this area is responsible by the homeowner.
When sewer pipes release steam or leak water, it attracts tree roots to grow towards the weak link in the pipe (crack, loose joint or elbow) and is the perfect place for growth with a moisture rich environment. Once the tree roots start growing in the pipe, they will continue to grow with thin “grassy” root masses. These masses can cause major problems with the water flow by acting as a catch for tissue paper, grease, food, fats and other debris coming from the business or home.
Homeowners and business owners are ultimately responsible for vertical as well as lateral growth of their trees above and underground. When problems arise in main sewer lines which typically are located in the street, unfortunately it is too late.
A slow flowing drain is as common sign of root infestation or damage and will often be accompanied by gurgling sounds from their toilet bowl or sinks. If nothing is done over time, eventually the pipe will be completely clogged up and will end up costing a lot more than having the proper initial inspection and repairs done. It is better to have the root problem fixed when the problem first arises vs. having structural damage done of a collapsed pipe and needing complete replacement.
What action to take if you have damage to your pipes
Business and homeowners should be cautious when considering planting trees next to areas where there is sewer lines or plumbing pipes. It is also important to consider planting trees or bushes that do not have strong root systems near these areas by the sewer pipes. It is better to be safe than sorry and consider hiring a plumber to do a video inspection of your pipes if you are having slow drain issues or hearing strange noises coming from your drains. Call Diamondback Plumbing at (602) 674-3255 to schedule a video camera inspection of your pipe, we have helped hundreds of homeowners over the years and we never charge after hours, service or trip fees and our prices remain the same regardless of the day, nights or weekends*. We carry out all work to the highest standards of workmanship at consistent and reasonable prices.