Trees are often a sought-after component in landscaping. They provide shade for your home and yard, increase the value of your property, and add a beautiful and calming aesthetic. Unfortunately, tree roots are a leading cause of damaged and broken sewer lines.
Trees depend on water from the soil to live. Fast-growing tree species send out long feeder roots to search for moisture and other nutrients in the soil. Because sewer pipes carry moisture, these feeder roots often attempt to access that water, and in the process, may crack, break, or damage your sewer lines.
Broken sewer lines lead to costly repairs and may cause backed-up drains, clogged toilets, sinkholes, and foul odors coming from your home’s drains. Fortunately, there are a few precautions you can take when landscaping that will help to prevent future sewer line breakage caused by thirsty tree roots:
- Determine the location of sewer lines on your property before planting any trees.
- Contact a local nursery to learn what type of slow-growing tree species thrives in your area. Avoid fast-growing tree species, as these tend to send out more harmful feeder roots than other species.
- Consider tree removal if there are any fast-growing tree types near your home or trees growing too close to your sewer lines.
- Make a chemical barrier in the soil around your sewer lines using potassium hydroxide or copper sulfate. These chemicals will help prevent growth in those areas and protect your lines from root damage.
- Schedule regular sewer line inspections with The Trenchless Guys to prevent costly future damage.
It’s a good idea to have your sewer lines inspected for root or any other damage at least once a year. Contact The Trenchless Guys today to have your sewer lines inspected, repair damaged sewer lines, or ask about our many other services. Call us today at (330) 362-3425.