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Tame the Fight Between Tree Roots and Sewer Lines

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Protecting against a fight for the ages

It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but an epic struggle between tree roots on your property and your home’s sewer line is an alarmingly real possibility. Since tree roots care about seeking moisture and out-spreading the competition, they’re inclined to overtake anything in their path, including manmade objects like sewer lines. This can have serious ramifications for your plumbing system. Fortunately, it can be prevented in many cases.

Why Do Tree Roots Affect Sewer Lines?

Although sewer pipes are made from tough, supposedly impenetrable materials, tree roots can work their way inside them over the course of many months or years. Tree roots seek and grow through sewer lines for several reasons:

•    Sewer lines may be obstructing their natural growth pattern
•    The root may identify the line as a root from a competing tree
•    Sewer lines contain essential nutrients, including water, minerals and nitrogen

Since roots often grow toward sources of warmth and moisture, older sewer lines with cracks or leaky joints are especially vulnerable. Over time, roots exploit these weaknesses to gain entry to the pipes. Once inside, they can cause devastating blockages and catastrophic leaks.

What Can You Do About It?

There are several things you can do to mitigate the problem. First, identify the path of sewer lines through your property. Many homeowners aren’t aware of this information. If you’re in the process of landscaping your property, plant trees with shallow root systems near your sewer lines. Relegate larger trees to more distant corners of your yard. You can also use metal or plastic barriers to buffer your sewer lines and make it difficult for roots to penetrate. Finally, frequent clogs or backups may require a visit from a professional plumbing expert.

Find Experienced Plumbers in Bryan and College Station

With a little foresight and some hard work, you may be able to prevent your yard’s tree roots from seriously interfering with your home’s sewer line. However, accidents and unforeseen incidents can befall even the most careful planners. If you need a little extra guidance with your effort to keep your home’s plumbing system safe, we’re standing by to help. Visit us online or call (979) 361-0500 to learn more about how we can serve you.

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