Your plumbing system faces different kinds of threats all the time. Your pipes can freeze, your drains can clog, and your sewer line can become eroded. However, one of the biggest threats to your plumbing system that most homeowners forget about until it’s too late is root intrusion. When the underground pipes on your property give off vapor, it can cause tree roots to grow towards the moisture. The material in your pipes acts as a kind of natural fertilizer, causing those roots to grow until they break into the pipe, causing nasty leaks and clogs. Avoid having to deal with this costly problem, courtesy of our professional plumbers. Read on to learn how to make sure your pipes are not affected by tree roots, and hire Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for all your pipe repair and replacement needs.
5 Ways to Protect Your Plumbing System from Root Intrusion
- Be Careful with Trees: We know that trees can be a beautiful way to improve your property, but too many trees can be a problem for your pipes. Consider getting rid of old trees that may have overgrown roots, and be careful about planting new trees in areas that are close to your pipes.
- Remove Roots with an Auger: An auger is a device with a rotating spiral head that’s used to snake clogs out of your plumbing system and shear roots that have entered your pipes. Unfortunately, augers cut roots out but often don’t permanently get rid of them, forcing you to consider other removal methods. This brings us to…
- Use Chemicals to Kill Roots: There are certain chemical solutions that can be used to get rid of tree roots without killing the tree itself. Copper sulfate crystals, for instance, can be purchased at the average gardening or home improvement store, and poured down your toilets to kill roots. RootX is another option for this, however, both of these chemicals are extremely toxic, so you don’t want to use too much of them, for the health of yourself and your pipes.
- Call for Hydrojetting Service: Hydrojetting is one of the most common ways to get rid of tough obstructions like tree roots, and also one of the most effective. Using a high-pressure stream of water to scrub your pipes clean, the hydrojetting nozzle can pulverize tree roots completely. As with using an auger, the roots can sometimes grow back following hydrojetting, so we recommend combining this process with a chemical solution.
- Dig Roots Up: If it gets to the point where there is no other way to stop roots from intruding on your pipes other than to remove them manually, you may have to hire a professional to dig them up. The good news is that our plumbing pros at Roy’s offer trenchless repair options, so if necessary, you can put new pipes in without making too much mess on your property