What You Need to Know About Tree Root Intrusions
There are times where the botanical parts of nature cause cumbersome plumbing problems. Tree roots naturally seek moisture from the ground and they infiltrate vulnerable pipes, which lead to colossal blockage. Root intrusions may not only affect a single household but multiple homes as well. The formidable reality it entails is that they occur without any liability of a homeowner or that of a neighbourhood. Although manning a tree by pruning its leaves and branches is fairly easy, checking the root growth is out of the question.
Causes of Root Intrusion
As the tree continues to grow, its roots also keep growing which can interfere with underground pipes. When these roots manage to reach and infiltrate pipes, they intrusively exert pressure on their surface. Old pipes, clay pipes and pipes that are made of poor quality are most susceptible to this damage. The roots can penetrate the interior of the pipes and cause vents. The situation may worsen if previous repairs were inadequate. As roots continue to grow and spread within the pipes, reduce water flow and cause major blockages. They will clump together acting as a net for any flowing debris, including household wastes such as grease and food particles. If the problem is neglected for a long time, the pipe would be completely blocked by intrusive roots.
Indications of Tree Root Intrusion
It is vital to pay attention to the signs of colossal clogs caused by root intrusion. The plumbing fixtures on the lower floors or basements often manifest the indications:
- Slow water drainage
- Toilet, basement and sewage backups
- Gurgling sounds emanate from the toilets
- The water in the toilet does not refill after flushing
What to Do if You Suspect Tree Root Intrusions
Tree root intrusions are a serious plumbing issue that does not have any DIY (do-it-yourself) solution. Should you suspect that this is the case, you will have to hire underground plumbing specialists to address the problem. Begin by examining the trees in your property that are up to 10 feet on either side of your plumbing pipes. Estimate whether the root growth of those specific kinds of trees can reach your system. Confirm your diagnosis with a camera-pipe inspection from a licensed plumber. If tree root intrusions are indeed verified, then you will need to clear them out or replace the lateral line depending on the damage. Preventive maintenance follows such as replacing the existing trees with slower-root-growth varieties.
Treatment of Root Intrusions
Root intrusions should not be left unfixed for a long time. The sooner the problem is fixed, the better. There are a couple of treatments for root intrusions. Allow the plumber to determine an educated solution through an on-site assessment. Expert plumbers use modern equipment like drain cameras to locate the affected areas. After the blockages are situated, the pipe are cleaned and cleared through the use of various procedures and the further growth of roots is checked. Leaks are also fixed and all exterior or interior damages present are undone.
- Cured-In-Place-Piping (CIPP) / Lateral Lining
This trenchless repair method is the most effective method to strengthen your pipes and enable them to resist intrusive roots, along with other corrosive materials. The damaged pipe is initially inspected and measured. A pipe liner will be cut similar to the exact size of the original and will be poured with epoxy resin. A process called air pressure inversion will secure the liner into the damaged pipe. It involves turning the liner inside out causing the resin to bond with the host pipe. It usually takes three hours of dry time before the new pipe within the pipe is ready to use.
Prevention of Root Intrusions
Although mature trees add beauty and value to your home’s landscape, their intrusive roots may cause extensive damage to your plumbing system. Every homeowner should be responsible for the maintenance of their pipes. Be sure you are able to locate your lateral and sewer pipes and refrain from planting certain species of trees with fast, aggressive root growth near them. Observe a 10 feet distance between trees and pipelines to reduce intrusion.