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What to Do About Invading Tree Roots

No, we’re not talking about some new horror movie about some tree monsters invading a small rural community (although plenty of our team members would love to see a movie like that), we’re talking about your plumbing system. Tree roots can be especially nasty to drain and sewer systems to the point where it can feel like an all-out war between the two.

Think of it this way, your property is the territory that’s being fought over. The soil and nutrients in the ground are what these trees want and their roots are designed to take in all of those nutrients. Your drainage and sewer pipes are invading that territory and taking up room that these trees would like for themselves. All the sudden you’ve got a battle between pipes and tree roots.

Keep reading to learn more about plumbing services in Vermilion, AB that can help you avoid this situation.

Why Tree Roots Are So Relentless

Trees don’t have eyes like we do. They don’t see the soil and your pipes and decide to mosey around them to avoid confrontation. The roots go where the nutrients are, and your pipes contain a lot of water and nutrients that might beneficial to the tree. As the roots grow, they’ll start to wear away at the outer layer of your pipes to the point where they’ll pressure them enough to penetrate them.

Then, at the end of that scenario, the tree will be able to absorb and take in all the water and nutrients from your pipes. Unfortunately, that means you’ll be leaking contaminants into your property and perhaps poisoning your water supply or ruining your other plants and grass. This could be even worse if you end up ruining your neighbor’s garden.

Combatting Invasive Roots

First things first, don’t panic. Tree roots invading your sewer pipes is a pretty natural occurrence. Our team sees it all the time and it’s nothing to be worried about. We are professional plumbers and some of our video pipe inspection services can help us locate where a tree root problem might be happening and where we can excavate to fix the problem.

Because trees grow so slowly, usually one big fix that we make is bound to last for decades to come, since we’ll ensure that no trees are close enough to ruin your plumbing system after we deal with this situation.

Don’t Use Chemicals

Homeowners might think about poisoning those trees by using chemicals, but this scorched-earth policy won’t work as much as you think it might. Chemicals will wear down your pipes just as much, if not more than they’ll kill the tree roots. Also, these chemicals are potent enough to poison your property, hurt your local ecosystem, and even injure animals that live on your property!

Call Our Team for Support

The best and smartest way to deal with infiltrating tree roots in your plumbing system is to call our team for support. We have the training, expertise, and technology to take on the problem and fix it the right way.

There’s a good reason why we’re considered Lloydminster’s Plumbing and Heating Authority. Call Guardian Plumbing & Heating Ltd. today!

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