Let’s face it, trees are an important part of our lives. Trees are essential in our ecosystem, storing carbon dioxide and giving oxygen, keeping our soil stable and provide habitats for wildlife. And who wouldn’t want to relax under the cool shade of a tree and dream the day away?
However, unfortunately not all trees are best friends with our pipes and sewer system. That’s not to say you can’t have a beautiful garden in your backyard, but you need to be aware of how tree roots can cause havoc in your pipes, and how to choose the right trees to plant near your pipes.
SO, HOW DO TREE ROOTS CAUSE HAVOC?
While a tree might not appear to be large above ground, underneath is a different story. Some trees have expansive and vigorous root systems that can extend far and wide. Most blockages in pipes and sewers are caused by roots finding their way into the pipes. This is especially common in dry and drought conditions, in which trees seek out the water needed underground when little rain has fallen.
Even if there is a very small gap, joint or fracture in your pipes, very fine (as thin as hair) roots can get through the cracks seeking moisture and water. The problem is that once inside, these fine roots can grow into a thick mass completely blocking your pipes, in some cases even damaging the pipe by splitting it apart.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE A BLOCKED PIPE?
While a plumber might be able to help you clear a blockage, it is important to determine the cause to prevent reoccurrence. If a tree root is the culprit, then locating the problematic tree is key. This is when you need to call Leakspotters, your professional leak detecting experts. With leak detection equipment such as CCTV drain cameras, we can accurately trace the source, which can then be removed, and pipe repairs undertaken. If there is significant damage to the pipe, professional detection can also show which part of the pipe needs to be replaced.
SO HOW DO YOU ENJOY NATURE AROUND YOUR GARDEN?
- Try to ascertain where the underground pipes are located on your property. If you don’t have this information on file, you can usually you obtain details from your local council.
- Choose plants carefully. Consult a garden designer or chat with your local nursery for advice. Generally, the roots of a tree grow to about 1.5 x the length of its branches. It is also a good idea to avoid planting anywhere less than 2m from a pipe.
If you suspect a tree or plant is causing trouble in your home, for example, slow flowing drains and toilets, Leakspotters are here to help. We are professional leak detectors who can help you accurately locate the tree and the best way to remedy the issue. Give us a call today, phone 1300 362 858.