The trees around your home may look great or even provide valuable shade to keep you cool during the summer months. They can also be a recipe for disaster when roots begin to grow in places where they shouldn't, such as in sewer lines or plumbing drains. To prevent these problems and avoid costly repairs, there are some DIY tree care projects that will help. Here are some of the tree care projects that can prevent tree roots from damaging sewer lines and household plumbing:
1. Removing Trees That Are Too Close to Sewer Lines and Plumbing
Trees are often located to close to pipes, structures and utilities. You want to make sure that the trees around your home are not too close to sewer lines. If there are trees that are located close to pipes, it is a good idea to have them removed to prevent damage from roots. The trees that are near your foundation can also cause structural damage to the foundation of your home, and if they are near plumbing pipes, roots can get inside household plumbing drains.
2. Root Barrier Solutions to Prevent Tree Roots from Reaching Pipes
Sometimes, there may be space limitations and roots are near pipes and other utility installations. To prevent the roots from reaching pipes and growing, root barrier systems can be installed between the pipes and tree roots. Physical barriers are a great choice to keep tree roots way, but there are also chemical treatments that can be used if you do not want to deal with the mess of excavation and installation of physical barrier systems.
3. Planning Landscaping Designs That Keep Roots Away from Sewer Lines
If you want to keep the roots away from your sewer system and household plumbing, planning your landscaping design is the best solution. Choose plants with smaller root systems near your home and any type of plumbing, sewer or septic installations. In addition, if you plant any trees around your home, make sure that they are a safe distance away from pipes and other mechanical installations. When you have pipes or mechanical utilities installed or replaced, relocate them to areas that are free of tree root hazards.
These are some tips that will help to prevent tree roots form causing problems with sewer lines and plumbing. If your sewer lines have been invaded with roots of trees, contact a sewer line repair service, like HELP Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electric, to help with clearing them and preventing future problems.
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