Tree roots love your underground sewer lines. Roots seek out leaks in your underground sewer pipes and, suddenly, an existing problem can become considerably worse when they grow into and around those pipes, inhibiting waste flow and causing extensive and expensive problems. There are things you can do to help avoid those potentially costly repairs, and we’re here to give you the rundown.
Locate your sewer lines
Knowing where your sewer lines are actually located is the first step in safeguarding them against troublesome, creeping roots. The easiest way to discover where your sewer lines are located is by calling the national “Call Before You Dig” number at 811.
Know what you planted and where
If landscaping is important to you, you’re going to be planting things in your yard no matter what. Help to lessen potential future problems by employing “sewer safe” planting practices. Limit the number of plants that are close to sewer lines, utilize growth inhibitors like potassium hydroxide near your lines, and plant trees at least 10 feet away from any potential crossover. Trees with small root ball circumferences are ideal, especially if your yard is small and you want to avoid trouble. Examples of these are trees like many junipers and pines. More specifically: Japanese maple, eastern redbuds, and saucer magnolias are great options.
Look for warning signs
Taking the initiative with your home planting and landscaping is a good first step, but paying attention to potential red flags should be your next line of defense. Frequent drain clogs, toilet back-ups, and consistent drain over and backflow can be signs that there are problems with your sewer lines that need to be checked out.
Keep up with inspection and maintenance
If you notice the warning signs listed in the previous point, it’s very likely time for you to be calling a professional in to take a look at things. They can look at your drains and sewer lines to determine the cause of your problems. We recommend having a professional take a look at your home plumbing at least yearly as a proactive measure against costlier sewer repair damage.
No matter what help you may need to keep your drains and sewer lines working in tip top shape, the professionals at George Brazil Plumbing are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!