How to Keep Tree Roots from Damaging Your Plumbing

//How to Keep Tree Roots from Damaging Your Plumbing
House with trees in the yard.

We don’t often give a lot of thought to the tree roots growing in our backyards, but when it comes to plumbing, they can be a major problem. Roots can make their way into sewer lines through tiny cracks or joints in the pipe, then block up the pipe completely. Roots are attracted to sewer lines because they are full of water and nutrients that help roots grow.

Here are some steps you can take to prevent and stop tree roots from taking over your pipes


Be Mindful of Where You Plant Backyard Trees

When you do your landscaping, consider your sewer lines! Think about where you’re planting trees in relation to your plumbing system and choose trees that have small root systems so they are less likely to make their way over to your pipes


Inspect Pipes

The best way to prevent roots from growing into your pipes (and any other potential plumbing issues) is to have a professional inspect your plumbing regularly to keep everything running smoothly. Hire a plumber to do a check-up annually and they will keep everything in tip-top shape.

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Store-Bought Root Killer Solution

You can buy root killer specifically made for sewer lines which works to kill small roots that have intruded into your pipes. Following the directions on the package, flush the solution through your pipes and it should clear up minor root issues.


Professional Root Removal

If you’ve already got tree roots grown extensively into your sewer line, it’s time to call in a professional. A plumber can remove the roots and replace the entire pipe if necessary. At Butler, our technicians have seen their fair share of bunged up pipes and they can get rid of even the most stubborn tree roots.

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