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How to Safeguard Your Pipes from the Notorious Root Invasions


It would certainly provide aesthetic details if your lawns and gardens have trees and vegetation. However, don’t you know that the botanical features of your property can be potentially injurious to your sewer pipes? Roots which naturally look for moisture underground may be enticed by the nutritious feast your sewer pipes contain. They will happily penetrate and thrive within your pipes due to the presence of water, sludge and minerals in them. If you have fast-growing trees near your sewer lines and you have not made any countermeasures to thwart this possible problem, then there is a strong possibility that your sewer pipeline have been afflicted by this notorious botanical invasion. Read on to know more about the proactive tips to safeguard your pipes from root attacks.
Know and Locate Your Sewer Pipe Route

Why is it important for you to familiarise and draw out where your sewer system is situated in your yard? You see, this will help you carefully plan your landscape. You will knowingly avoid planting trees on and around the area your sewer pipes are buried, thus, fending off the huge likelihood of root invasions. Moreover, this proactive step can also help you estimate the ideal distance between your sewer pipes and the sewer-friendly trees you wish to plant. If you are not certain on the sewer layout of your property, you can consult the public works for assistance.
Make Sure to Plant Sewer-Safe Trees

All plants have different characteristics and properties. Some species have fast-growing and obtrusive root growth while some are quite docile and only have shallow roots. Avoid planting large trees which naturally grow massive root systems. Some tree species that are a prominent menace to your sewer include willows, elms, and oaks.

Prior to planting any kind of trees or vegetation, research enough about it to make sure that it is sewer-safe and does not interfere with your underground plumbing. And if it is indeed not problematic, try to know the safe planting distance you must observe to keep them away from your sewer lateral. Typically, sewer-safe trees and vegetation are kept off from at least ten feet. You can also consult your local botanist or visit your local tree nursery to acquire professional advice on your prospect garden plants.
Protect Your Lateral by Installing Root Barriers

There are commercialised metal or wood barriers that are buried around.15 to .30 metres deeper than the sewer lateral to make your pipe impenetrable from intrusive roots. However, you should not remain lenient afterwards. You still have to look over this contraption once in a while for wooden and metallic components can degrade as they age and become easily pierced and infiltrated by the aggressive roots, jeopardising your sewer pipeline in the long run.
Use Chemical Root Growth Inhibitors

Aside from physical barriers and deflectors, there are also chemical root growth inhibitors that can also be applied and spread long your sewer pipes so that the roots will steer clear from your pipes. It will also suppress the root growth and kill the existing roots as well.

There are some homeowners who pour chemicals into the drains assuming that it will effectively get rid of the roots. However, this is actually a double-edged plumbing remedy that has caustic effects on your pipeline. Hence, this method should be done sparingly.
Uproot the Entire Intrusive Tree Near Your Sewer Lines

Sometimes, the absolute prevention against tree root invasion is to remove the existing tree that is near your sewer line. The removal of existing roots in an affected pipeline is not sufficient for the aggressive root invasion will continually strike as long as the tree grows and lives on. You have to get rid of the stump and dig out as much as you can from the remaining root system underground.