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How to Deal with Tree Roots in Your Drainage System

April 1, 2024 | Blog

If you’re living in Edmond, Guthrie, Bethany, or the surrounding area in Central Oklahoma, you’re likely familiar with the lush landscapes that beautify our properties. However, the same trees that enhance our yards can become a menace to our plumbing systems. At Hi-Tech Plumbing and Leak Detect, we often encounter drainage issues caused by tree roots, and we have developed effective methods to tackle this problem.

Understanding the Impact of Tree Roots on Plumbing

Tree roots naturally seek out water sources, and unfortunately, your home’s drainage system can become a target. The roots can penetrate small openings in the pipes, eventually leading to blockages, breaks, and significant damage. This intrusion not only disrupts your plumbing but can also lead to costly repairs if not addressed promptly.

Signs of Root Intrusion

  1. Slow Draining Sinks and Toilets: If you notice your drains are clearing more slowly than usual, this can be an early sign of root intrusion.
  2. Frequent Clogs: Recurring clogs in your drainage system might indicate that roots are partially blocking your pipes.
  3. Gurgling Sounds: Unusual noises from your toilet or sink drains could suggest that tree roots are disrupting the water flow.

Prevention and Maintenance

  • Regular Inspections: Have your plumbing system inspected annually by professionals like those at Hi-Tech Plumbing and Leak Detect. Our experts use specialized cameras to inspect pipes for early signs of root intrusion.
  • Barrier Growth Inhibitors: These chemicals, which are safe for your pipes and the environment, can prevent roots from growing into your pipes without harming the trees themselves.
  • Proper Landscaping: Be mindful of planting new trees. Consider the location of underground pipes and choose tree species with less aggressive root systems.

Professional Solutions

If roots have already invaded your pipes, professional intervention is crucial:

  • Mechanical Removal: Our technicians may use mechanical techniques to remove the roots, clearing your pipes without needing extensive digging.
  • Hydro Jetting: This method involves using high-pressure water streams to obliterate root masses and flush them out of your plumbing system, clearing and cleaning the pipes simultaneously.
  • Pipe Relining: If the damage is extensive, relining the pipes may be necessary. This no-dig technique involves inserting a new, durable lining inside the existing pipes, which cures in place to form a new pipe within the old one.

Call Hi-Tech Plumbing and Leak Detect

If you suspect tree roots are affecting your plumbing, don’t wait until the problem worsens. Contact Hi-Tech Plumbing and Leak Detect at (405) 860-6673. You can also click here to schedule service online! Our team is equipped to handle these issues efficiently, ensuring your plumbing system functions smoothly without the need for extensive excavation. Serving Edmond, Guthrie, Arcadia, and beyond, we’re here to keep your drains clear and free from invasive roots.

Dealing with tree roots in your drainage system can be a hassle, but with the right precautions and expert help, you can protect your plumbing and maintain the health of your landscaping.

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