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July 08,2020

How to Protect Your Pipes from Roots?

Trees are givers of life, beautifiers of landscapes, and threats to plumbing systems all at the same time. They are especially threatening during the summertime when hot, dry weather can force roots to stretch out in search of water. Mr. Rooter Plumbing has years of experience dealing with the aftermath of such situations. Roots are good seekers and are attracted to water released from joints and cracks in pipes. Tree roots are incredibly powerful and will make their way into pipes, causing blockages and leaks at the same time.

As a proud member of the community, we want to provide some advice on how to protect your pipes from invasive and destructive roots. If you have particular questions or would like to schedule an appointment with a certified plumber in Pittsburgh, then feel free to call Mr. Rooter Plumbing today.

Regular Inspections and Maintenance

The best preventative step for protecting your plumbing system from invasive roots is by scheduling regular inspections and maintenance. Professional and certified plumbers from Mr. Rooter Plumbing are trained and equipped to discover and resolve threats to your plumbing system. Stay ahead of threats to your plumbing system by scheduling an appointment with Mr. Rooter Plumbing today.

Choose the Trees You Plant Wisely

Do not just plant trees and vegetation without performing your due diligence. Understand where your sewer line is located first. If you are unsure of its location then consider asking the previous homeowner, ask your plumbing service provider, or request a utilities map from your municipality. Before planting a tree, be sure to research the dimensions of its roots at full-size. Keep the roots a safe distance from your sewer line and opt for trees that have less invasive roots.

Build A Barrier

If a tree is already planted and you do not plan to or can not afford to remove it, then consider building a barrier between the tree roots and your sewer line. Bury wood or metal barriers about six to twelve inches deeper than your pipes and run them vertical along the sewer line to prevent the tree roots from penetrating the pipes. There are also chemical solutions on the market that inhibit the growth of invasive tree roots near the vicinity of the sewer line.

Control the Growth of Roots

If you can, catch the growth of tree roots before they get too close to your sewer line. Tree roots fortunately grow slowly so you are able to get ahead of the roots if you act quickly. Tree service providers can help you with this job if you are not equipped or knowledgeable on how. Plumbing service providers such as Mr. Rooter Plumbing may also be able to help with this. Once you have trimmed the roots to a manageable and safe length, consider building a barrier as soon as possible.

Call Mr. Rooter Plumbing

You can call Mr. Rooter Plumbing whether you already have damage that you would like to have repaired, need an inspection, or want a local plumbers assistance in protecting your sewer line. We are proud to be available 24 hours a day with fast response times. Our friendly professionals are on standby to take your call and schedule a flexible appointment. We can also arrange an urgent dispatch. We look forward to taking your call.

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