Disaster in the Making: How Tree Roots Affect Your Pipes

Could your favorite shade tree in your yard be the cause of your clogged toilet?

Absolutely. In fact, the trees around your yard have the potential to empty your pockets and cause thousands of dollars in damage to your plumbing system.

When the roots get close enough to your plumbing system, they’re quick to break through the pipes and cause a leak or blockage. You can try unclogging the drains in your home all you want, but the root of the problem is, in fact, roots.

Instead of letting your backyard foliage wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing system, learn how tree roots affect your pipes and how to prevent extensive damage:

How it happens:

The trees growing in your yard crave a source of water, and they’ll often turn to your plumbing system for support. The water flowing inside your pipes contains the water, nutrients, and oxygen that roots crave. Especially when there’s a leak in a pipe, those roots are more prone to grow closer to absorb the elements they desire.

When the roots get close, they’re aggressive enough to grow inside the pipes and create clogs, make a leak worse, or create a leak where there wasn’t one in the first place. If the resulting leak is within your sewer system, you could be prone to serious health issues for you and those around you.

Taking action:

Oftentimes, homeowners won’t recognize a tree root issue until after the fact. In reality, that clogged toilet was a warning sign all along. When you experience frequent clogs, slow-flowing drains, or even gurgling noises coming from the toilet, you could be experiencing a tree root problem in your plumbing system.

Before you plant any trees, always be sure you’re not about to dig into your plumbing system. If you’re adamant about the placement of your greenery, there are certain barriers and other measures that can be put in place to prevent an eventually flooded bathroom. Consider planting trees far away from your pipes, or choose plants and shrubbery that have a tendency to grow slower, with a smaller root system. If you’re unsure, consult your plumber.

If you’re experiencing plumbing issues, or that large oak tree is interrupting your plumbing system and causing a headache, Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® of Dallas can help. Our punctual plumbers have the tools and expertise to properly deal with tree root issues and will remedy the problem to help you avoid further damage. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a service.