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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Gichoon Kim
Gichoon Kim
01:31 08 Sep 22
This company is terrible. They extra over charge for any service. I had them do the whole plumbing layout for my new business two weeks ago. I needed to do some extra plumbing work, so I asked them and they said it would be over 2k. I called a different company and they only charged me $200 for the same work. I had some issue with the plumbing work they did so called them for checking it and fixing it. It was just cleaning the strainer and it only took 2 min. They charged me almost $200 for that. You can get way better service for cheaper price in other company. Please do not call this place.
Jason Aslett
Jason Aslett
18:05 02 Sep 22
Wyatt came out and fixed my issue with such professionalism that I was thinking all plumbers should be this nice. He answered all my questions and did fast work. We will be using master router in a future thanks Wyatt!
Bryce Beckman
Bryce Beckman
06:08 09 Aug 22
The Master Plumbing Technicians Jon & Brad did a great job at our residence. They went above & beyond when solving our issue. Very professional & friendly, would definitely recommend to anyone looking for amazing plumbing experts that know what they are doing.
Mary Ford
Mary Ford
21:12 19 Jul 22
Steve McClenny was very knowledgeable and friendly. Actually was able to come earlier than scheduled. He installed a new garbage disposal because our old one had rusted out. He was only here about an hour - very efficient and helpful.
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