Tree roots are a common cause of clogs in a home’s plumbing system. Ingrown roots can block the flow of wastewater out of the plumbing system and cause backups in the home.
How Tree Roots Damage The Plumbing System
Trees need water and nutrients to grow and survive. Plumbing pipes are an excellent source for them. If pipe fittings become loose or if the pipes develop cracks, they will begin to let out wastewater and vapors that will attract tree roots. This will cause the roots to grow towards the pipe and into it, eventually blocking the pipe completely. At this point, it will take extensive plumbing services to remove the tree roots and fix the pipes.
Tips For Removing Tree Roots And Protecting The Pipes
Before you call in a professional plumber, here are a few things you can do to protect your plumbing system.
1. Use a mechanical auger.
A mechanical auger has a rotating spiral head that can shear off the roots. Simply snake it down the pipes to remove any roots in your pipe. Understand, however, that the auger won’t kill the roots, which means the roots will grow back over time.
2. Use a natural herbicide.
Copper sulfate crystals are a natural herbicide that can be used to kill tree roots without harming the tree or the plumbing system. Pour half a cup of the solution into the toilet and flush. Be careful to avoid skin contact and keep away from children and pets.
3. Avoid planting trees with deep and wide roots.
You can take preventative measures by knowing which trees are safe to plant in your yard and which ones to avoid. The worst trees for your plumbing system include the willow, beech, eucalyptus, honey locust, mulberry, aspen, empress, elm, poplar, and silver maple.
4. Hire Tucker Hill for professional rooter service.
If your home’s plumbing system is showing serious signs of a clog caused by tree roots, such as sewage backups, slow drains, unpleasant odors in or around the home, and sinkholes in the yard, it may be time for professional rooter service. Give Tucker Hill a call to schedule plumbing services today!