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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Jackie Zimmerman
Jackie Zimmerman
21:06 05 Jan 23
Austin went over the job, gave me a workable estimate, and got the repairs done on my water pipe. He was friendly and patient-and fixed things in a quick manner. Recommend this company and if Austin is how all plumbers are in this company- recommend put them on speed dial!! Love this outcome!
Mackenzie Johnson
Mackenzie Johnson
21:05 04 Jan 23
Jim Colburn was wonderful to have on this project. He took his time explaining what the issues could be and offered multiple solutions which I appreciated. He was knowledgeable and was very professional. Master Plumbing has helped myself and my clients multiple times and I will continue to use their services and refer them. Thank you Jim for your time!
Dan Haws
Dan Haws
17:28 31 Oct 22
Jeff came over and got us taken care of and was incredibly professional. He was so efficient and managed to work around the chaos of us getting ready for a gathering in our home. He even took on more jobs than we initially had in mind. He’s a veteran and was respectful and considerate to everyone in our home! Next time we have them come out I’ll be asking for Jeff!
Luann Gray
Luann Gray
20:21 13 Oct 22
I was very pleased with Frank from Master Rooter in the recent service he did on pumping our septic system. He took the time to give me some extra information and guidance about our system. He also detected what appeared to be a water leak coming from inside the house and gave me advice on detecting the source. We have used this company for many years and are very grateful for their quality service.
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