Don’t you know that the botanical parts of your landscape can also interfere with your sewer system? A tree root invasion is typical among households and properties that have huge trees or other vegetation near their premises. The size of the tree is not the only consideration in determining whether a particular specie is sewer-safe or not. There are also average-sized plants that have fast-growing roots which can infiltrate your underground pipes.
Your sewer pipes essentially contain wastes that provide the moisture and nutrients plants need in their photosynthesis. Hence, your sewer pipes store a hearty feast for the root feeders. As the roots continue to thrive, their diameter grows bigger and they will continually extend until they fully occupy the capacity of your pipes. This will create a colossal blockage in your sewer system which may partially or completely make your underground pipes inoperative.
In order to eradicate these invasive roots, here are some primary solutions you can do to restore your sewer pipes back to their tip-top shape.
Herbicides and Root Inhibitors
There are commercial herbicides sold in the market which inhibits the root feeder from infesting your sewer pipes. These substances contain copper sulphate, a commonly used compound that is toxic to trees and vegetation.
Some homeowners flush down these chemicals into the toilets as a direct attempt of killing the root feeders. Remember that the toilets are directly connected to the main sewer pipeline.
Using herbicides and root inhibitors also have their limitations since the roots will still get trapped within the pipes. You may have to use a hydro jet to clear those roots or you can extract them manually.
Trimming the roots
Just like the way homeowners prune the branches and leaves of trees, you can also do this with the invasive roots in your sewer pipes through a mechanical auger. This device has sharp cutting mechanisms which can surely cut down the roots. You can also seek the help of professional plumbers or sewer engineers who have the proper equipments.
However, root trimming definitely has limitations since there are some roots that are too tough and thick for mechanical augers. Moreover, even if you have successfully freed your pipes from those colossal roots, the roots will still remain in the sewer pipe. You need to remove them manually or else, your sewer pipes will still be obstructive and there is still no improvement. Of course, only professionals can execute all of these so to make sure that the cleaning is completed without any complication. Most homeowners do not want the hassle of removing the roots by themselves so contacting professional plumbers are their best choice.
Trace what tree the root feeders belong to
Of course, you have to trace the origin of the problem so that this disaster will not bother you again in the future. Examine your landscape, try to see if there is an existing tree whose aggressive roots might have reached and infiltrated your sewer pipes.
There are cases where the pipes are severely damaged by the roots that a need for pipe replacement is evident. The viable solution that will definitely safeguard your new pipes from root intrusions is to uproot the existing tree. For homeowners who are developing their landscape lately, make sure that you only plant sewer-safe trees and vegetation to prevent your pipes from being damaged.