Greedy tree roots can be very damaging to ones pipes. Attracted to moisture collecting on small cracks in a pipe, the force of the root can completely break through the pipe. Once inside they’ll begin to grow and grow, causing even more damage. Beyond a leaky pipe, it also means that the chances of backups dramatically increase.
This can also happen in the winter when the otherwise dormant trees can still be very active underneath the soil. Just because it’s cold outside does not mean that those roots are not looking for other sources of water.
In order to prevent it from happening some basic maintenance can go far in preventing problem roots from getting worse. Keep an eye on your sewer drains; these are likely to be the main areas of interest for roots. If you have any suspicions that tree roots might be causing damage to the sewer pipes, it’s recommended to treat the problem area with herbicide. Call your local plumber.
Their technicians will be able to identify the problem area and have the right herbicide to treat the roots. Pouring any old herbicide down a drain might not treat the roots effectively not to mention increase the chances of damage to the environment. It’s best that such activities are handled by the professionals.
It’s also worth noting that if you’ve ever had trouble with roots in your sewer, you may want to consider treating your building drain twice a year with herbicide.