Tree roots grow long and deep, which can prove dangerous to residential and commercial sewer pipes. Many people do not understand how tree roots can invade a sewer pipe, no matter what the pipe is made of. However, it happens much more often than people realize. Read on to learn how tree roots get into sewer pipes.
As water flows through the sewer pipes, vapor is released into the surrounding soil. The vapor is filled with moisture, oxygen, and nutrients, which are all necessary for trees and plants to grow. As the vapor is released, the tree roots begin growing toward it until they find the source, which is located in the sewer pipe.
Sewer vapors usually escape through a minute crack or a loose joint that connects the pipes together. Since pipes and joints are typically buried underground, homeowners may have no idea that their pipes have been compromised until they have a plumbing problem. To minimize any cracks or defects in the pipes, homeowners should have their plumbing regularly inspected by a certified plumber.
Once the tree’s roots have located the crack, they will slowly grow into the pipe. The roots will continue to grow, eventually filling up the pipe with a mass of roots that catch fats, oils, grease, and grit, also known as FOGG. The roots may also catch anything else that is discarded into the pipes and sewer.
To prevent expensive damages and repairs to plumbing and trees, homeowners should be aware of where trees are located on their property in relation to the main sewer lines. Homeowners should also work closely with their professional landscapers to identify and prevent the impact of destructive trees on their property.
Though trees are beautiful and necessary to the environment, they can be disruptive to local utilities in Tucson, AZ. To address potentially destructive trees, call Complete Landscaping at (520) 323-8918. We work with utility companies, as well as commercial and residential establishments.