Trees add beauty to your yard. They provide much-needed shade in the hot summer months and put on a beautiful display each fall. To keep them maintained, it’s obvious you need to trim them back and away from the house, but have you considered what’s going on underground? If you don’t keep an eye on the root growth, you could end up with unexpected (and expensive) maintenance.
Every plant needs food, and trees are no exception. Your sewer line is an especially tasty treat for trees, since it’s essentially comprised of fertilizer.
Even the smallest leak in a sewer pipe can appeal to your trees. When your trees detect a leak, their small, hair-like feeder roots will reach out for nourishment. The feeder roots will reach through any gaps or holes, and they’ll keep growing throughout the pipes. Eventually, they may clog the pipe altogether.
Water mains are also appealing to your trees. They will grow out their feeder roots in search of water, particularly in the winter months when water is scarcer.
Older pipes that are made of concrete or clay are especially vulnerable, as they’re more likely to crack. PVC pipes are sturdier and less likely to be vulnerable to tree roots.
As mentioned above, the tiniest of cracks in your water pipes are like a magnet to a tree root, and they will seek them out. The signs of a tree intruding into your sewer and water lines might appear gradually over time, however, some of the signals that would trigger you to call us are:
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Small leaks tend to go unnoticed and cause damage over time. However, if there is a large crack in the waterlines or sewer pipes, this is a huge problem and needs to be addressed ASAP. Some things you might notice:
Keeping your trees maintained can help prevent problems with your pipes. A few ways to do that include:
If there’s any chance your trees could be interfering with your pipes, it’s important to have someone check it out right away. Tree root problems will worsen with time, making repairs more complicated and expensive. We can examine your pipes to determine whether there’s a problem and recommend a solution. Contact us today for more information on keeping your pipes healthy while still enjoying your trees.