Simple Ways to Prevent Tree Root Intrusion in Your Pipes
Invasive tree roots spell bad news for your plumbing system. As roots grow and expand, they can displace underground pipes and connectors. Fortunately, there are several ways to get ahead of this problem. A.M. Plumbing & Rooter, your go-to premier plumbing company, shares helpful tips on preventing tree root intrusion in your pipes:
Install Root Barriers
Physical barriers that keep tree roots from entering the plumbing system are typically made of plastic or metal. A qualified plumber in Murrieta, CA, can install barriers deep enough to prevent roots from growing around or through your pipes.
Conduct Regular Maintenance
Having a professional check and fix your pipes periodically can go a long way in preventing tree root intrusion. In-depth inspections during plumbing services can identify potential problems before they become serious. Additionally, regular cleaning can keep debris buildup and tree roots at bay, maintaining free-flowing pipes.
Replace Pipes When Necessary
In some cases, it may be necessary to replace broken pipes resulting from tree root intrusion. Modern pipe materials, like PVC, are less likely to be damaged by tree roots than outdated pipes. This minimizes the risks of emergency plumbing problems taking place.
If your pipes are still structurally sound, we recommend trenchless pipe lining as a long-term solution for plumbing repairs. This method involves feeding an epoxy-filled liner into the sewer line. Once it cures and hardens, it seals all cracks, gaps, and other openings where tree roots can enter. It also reinforces your pipeline, ensuring years of protection against the elements.
Use Chemical Treatments
Certain chemical compounds, like copper sulfate and potassium hydroxide, can kill roots invading the plumbing system. You can use these chemicals near your sewer lines to keep the roots from reaching your underground pipes. However, we recommend leaving this job to experts to avoid accidentally damaging your lines.
When dealing with tree root intrusion or other plumbing issues, don’t hesitate to contact A.M. Plumbing & Rooter for a prompt fix. Contact us to schedule an appointment.
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