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4 Easy Tips against Tree Root Intrusion

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Greenery and other vegetation do make the home pleasing. They also make the air around your property clean and that much breathable. Unfortunately, even these plants have minor setbacks. They are seldom the cause of pipe rupture and blockage when they search for breaks and cracks around the body of your sewage or supply pipe to gain access to the moisture inside. This does not mean that you should stop planting trees and vegetation across your lawn. What this means is that you need to pay attention to the trees and plants you buy and grow at home. Here are some helpful tips against tree root intrusion.

  1. Plan the location of the plan.

Planning beats the trouble of repair and replacing the fixtures that are damaged. Making sure the distance you reserved for root growth is enough for each plant. What really disrupts the plumbing fixtures that are buried in your lawn is the root of whatever plant you try to put in there. You may need to consult the blueprint of your plumbing layout to determine the exact places you can plant your trees without unintentionally laying them on top of your sewage pipes. Aside from the plumbing lines, make sure to mind the underground utilities and the cable lines.

  1. Know the plant you are planting.

Knowing the location of plantable spaces is not enough if you really want to prevent your sewer and supply lines from the root and other plant intrusions. You need to know the root growth of the plan that you want for your landscape. There are some plants that are fairly safe to be planted at home and there are some which are not. Choose to do a side research about the kind of plant you will be able to plant without sacrificing the welfare of your pipes. Simply go online to research about the plant or go consult a horticulturist if you really want an expert opinion. There are some tree roots you can control and there are other that will just not be tamed, grow everywhere and basically ruin your gardens, lawn and rupture your plumbing system.

  1. Protect the pipes beforehand.

There is a process in plumbing and keeping the piping safe from root intrusion where you try to fence the pipes from the roots to ensure that they stay protected. Clearly you cannot do the conventional fence under the ground, can you? All you have to do is find substances that are natural root, and other vegetation, repellent. Some of these materials are sulphate and potassium hydrogen. These chemicals kill vegetation in direct contact. Position the chemical barriers vertically at 6-12 inches below the pipelines.

  1. Do routine inspection and maintenance.

It is usual near impossible to tell if your plumbing fixtures are experiencing a damage. Sometimes, the tell-tale signs of these damages will be viewed as typical plumbing minor defect that the homeowners usually overlook. For example, when a drain is experiencing blockage, some would pass it off as a drain issue and not a problem in the sewer pipe system. This is the reason why root intrusions that started so small have time to grow and rupture the pipe in the process. If you want to eradicate this problem, you can choose to do a routine check a few times every year or incorporate sewage and pipe cleaning in your cleaning list every weekend.