Tree roots can be a source of many plumbing problems for homeowners. Roots are known to damage water mains, cause flooding and backing up sewage. The truth is the roots aren’t to blame. They are just doing what roots naturally do–look for moisture and nutrients. It just so happens that sewage contains moisture and nutrients. Sometimes sewage lines leak. Roots speedily find those leaks leading to frustration for homeowners like blockages and broken pipes.

The last thing you want as a homeowner is an unsanitary high cost sewage pipe repair.

Here are some tips to prevent tree roots from invading your sewer lines.

Safe plants

Preventing damage begins by planting smaller plants near the sewer line. Bushes and shrubs are safe landscape plants. Grasses and flowers are also safe to plant near sewer lines as their roots don’t reach down very far. Plant trees far enough away that their roots are unable to reach the sewer lines.

Chemicals

Chemicals can be used to prevent unwanted plant growth. Copper sulfate and potassium hydroxide are consumer grade chemicals used to dissuade plants from growing in undesirable areas. Copper sulfate is a bluish chemical and has been used for hundreds of years in pest control. Before being used to prevent plant growth, copper sulfate was used in the 1800s protect wine grape crops.

To  prevent root growth, these chemicals are spread in the area near the sewer line.

What to look for

Frequent clogs in your drains might indicate tree roots in your sewer line. Event partial clogs may be caused by roots in your pipes. These partial clogs can cause drain backups and gurgling noise. You can rent sewer cleaning equipment to remove blockages, but if it is root related, the fix will be temporary.

Don’t let roots ruin your plumbing. If you encounter frequent clogs, backing up, and gurgling noises in your drains, it might be time to call a professional to check out your sewer line. Your sewer line should be checked every 3 to 5 years as part of normal plumbing maintenance. A professional from Master Plumbing can visually inspect the pipe using a camera. A professional will identify damaged areas of the sewer line and determine the best course of action to repair the pipe.

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Dianna SampsonDianna Sampson
19:06 18 Jul 24
Jon was fantastic from the start. He was nice, he was considerate, he was knowledgeable, and he was thorough. Jon went the extra mile on describing the issue with the original problem child toilet, he checked the other two in the house and got everything up to a reliable working status. Please tell Jon’s boss to give him a well deserved raise, or at least an award 😁😁😁. Thanks you guys, I will put you to use again, just not for a while (hopefully).
Michelle N.Michelle N.
20:58 17 Jul 24
Troy from Master Plumbing did an excellent job. He arrived on time and finished quickly. Master Plumbing was the only business that would come to our home. There were tree roots in our septic tank. Troy cleaned the roots out and disposed of them. He also left extra septic treatment to prevent future root problems. The price was reasonable, especially considering the extra work that was required and our location. I highly recommend Master Plumbing, and intend to request Troy to complete the service.
Marilyn EklundMarilyn Eklund
18:35 17 Jul 24
Frank did an excellent and efficient job of taking care of our septic tank pumping and the issue with tree roots that had gotten in. Appreciate the company being able to have him come up the following day of my call. Thank you for the promptness and excellent service!
Mindee SedlacekMindee Sedlacek
17:54 17 Jul 24
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