We plant trees primarily for their beauty. They improve curb appeal, provide shade, and improve your home’s privacy. However, trees aren’t good for your sewers. Their roots can block your pipes, which can eventually cause sewage backups in your home.
Use these tips to keep tree roots from wrecking your sewer lines.
Regular sewer cleaning and inspection
Tree roots tend to gravitate towards sources of water and nutrients. Your sewer pipes are a bountiful source of water, nutrients, and oxygen that the roots need. As such, it is highly likely that your sewers will be blocked by tree roots. If left unaddressed, the roots will thicken and strengthen overtime and can break the sewer pipes. To prevent this from happening, call a plumber and have your sewer lines cleaned and inspected regularly.
A sewer inspection is beneficial for clearing the blockage. This procedure will help plumbers determine if tree roots are worming their way through cracks or loose joints or if the line is cracked, crushed or sloped.
Plant smaller trees
Towering trees on your property provide more than beauty. They provide winter windbreaks and summer shade. They can even add value to your property. The problem is that they can damage your sewer lines. The key is choosing the type of tree to plant and where to plant it.
If you are considering planting a tree on your property, choose slow growing trees with a small root ball. Plant them as far away from your sewer lines as possible to avoid plumbing issues and expensive repair bills. Some evergreens like Cypress, peach, plum, and cherry trees are less likely to damage your sewer pipes.
Create a barrier
You can stop the roots from getting to the pipes by placing a physical barrier. You can use a wood or metal barrier and bury it at about 6 to 12 inches deeper than the pipe to discourage root growth into the sewer lines.
Slow-release chemicals such as copper sulfate and potassium hydroxide are commonly used in residential properties. You can spread these chemicals near the sewer lines to prevent the roots from reaching the pipes.
Replace the pipes
Consider replacing the pipes if they are old and in danger of collapsing. This is the best solution for areas with major tree root damage. Another option to consider is CIPP lining. Here, a new sewer line pipe will be installed inside the existing ones. Not only will it help reduce the amount of excavation necessary, it will also keep the replacement cost down.