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Tree Roots Are Very Powerful
Trees need a lot of nutrients to sustain themselves. As a result, tree roots are in a constant search for the necessary water as well as other nutrients. Unfortunately, tree roots are very powerful, meaning that it is perfectly possible for them to cause a serious plumbing problem that will need to be fixed by a plumber by breaking into plumbing systems. However, Rockwall, TX residents should know that they are not helpless against this potential threat because there are some things that they can do even without having a plumbing service on hand.
How Can You Protect Your Plumbing System from Tree Roots?
Here are some suggestions for Rockwall, TX residents who want to protect their plumbing system from tree roots with or without a plumber:
Figure Out the Location of Your Sewer Line
First and foremost, interested individuals can’t protect their sewer line unless they know where the sewer line can be found. If they are lucky, they will already know this information; if they are not lucky, they are going to need to figure it out. In some cases, interested individuals might be able to consult sources such as municipal authorities and past property owners. However, if said sources prove to be insufficient, they might need to find out the location of their sewer line through the manual method. Some people might be tempted to handle it on their own. However, if they have neither the time nor the confidence, they should definitely entrust it to a plumber who can get the job done in the most effective and efficient manner possible. After all, there are people who have managed to break their own sewer line while digging around for it, which is something that interested individuals should avoid.
Put Up Barriers
Barriers are the simplest and most straightforward solution for the problem of tree roots breaking into sewer lines. One example would be physical barriers made out of either metal, wood, or some other suitable material. However, it is important to note that these can’t be used unless interested individuals know the exact location of their sewer line because they need to be running alongside it. Another example would be slow-release chemical barriers that can discourage tree roots from growing towards them. Be warned that there is a wide range of chemicals that can be found out there, meaning that interested individuals should be thorough with their research in order to find one suitable for their particular needs and circumstances.
Careful positioning when planting trees as well as other plants can be helpful as well. Something as simple as planting bigger trees at further distances from the sewer line can reduce the chances of tree roots breaking into the latter. However, if interested individuals have no choice but to plant trees close to their sewer line, they should consider planting a smaller number of slow-growing trees with smaller root balls to minimize the risk.
Sometimes, even the best precautions on the part of Rockwall, TX residents can fail, meaning that they will have to call in a plumbing service. However, if they want to minimize the cost that they will have to pay to their plumber, they should definitely keep a watchful eye as well as a watchful ear out for potential warning signs that something is wrong with their plumbing system. For instance, if they are experiencing frequent clogged drains, that could be a sign of an underlying issue. Likewise, if they are experiencing multiple clogged drains at the same time, that could be a sign that the sewer line has become obstructed to some extent. These plumbing problems may or may not be caused by tree roots breaking into the sewer line, but they are serious enough that interested individuals should call in a plumber to take a look at what is going on. In this as in other things, the sooner that they get things resolved by a plumber or some other specialist, the smaller the problem that they will have to deal with.
The signs of a serious plumbing problem can be subtle, meaning that there is no guarantee that interested individuals can pick up on them before a plumbing emergency pops up. This is particularly true because so much of the plumbing system is out-of-sight and thus out-of-mind, with the sewer line being an excellent example. As such, it is a good idea for interested individuals to arrange for regular inspections from a plumber so that their trained eye can be used to pick up on potential problems before it is too late. Some people might consider this to be expensive and time-consuming, but considering the amount of damage that can be caused by even a relatively manageable plumbing emergency, this can be more than worthwhile in the grand scheme of things.
Curious about what kind of damage tree roots and other potential threats can inflict on plumbing systems? Be sure to contact us to speak with a plumber with the right expertise and experience.
By being informed, interested individuals can get a better understanding of the situation, which in turn, should enable them to make better decisions. bluefrog Plumbing + Drain of North East Dallas believes in being open and transparent so that our customers know exactly what they will be getting in exchange for what they are paying, which is why we are more than happy to provide them with the information that they need to safeguard their interests. As such, interested individuals shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch as soon as possible so that they can get started on getting a better handle on things with the help of a professional