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Tree Root Invasion

Invasive tree roots can lead to major issues for homeowners and businesses. While you admire the mature landscaping outside your home, it’s what you can’t see that’s disrupting the plumbing to your property. Tree root invasion isn’t necessarily solved by removing the tree itself. Nu Flow of Oklahoma work with advanced technology that allows our technicians to detect precisely where the problem is located and offer minimally invasive tree root invasion plumbing solutions.

Tree Roots Invade Plumbing

Tree root invasion can cause serious damage to your sewer drainage system. Tree roots are strong and can grow into the pipes, destroying the plumbing and unsettling the soil around the entire plumbing system. The tree root typically starts invading the pipe with a small hole or crack and can ultimately grow into or even through the entire piping system if not treated in a timely manner. 

When the tree root invasion reaches the pipes, it is very likely to disrupt your water and sewage flow. Not only will your home’s plumbing system be compromised by the tree root invasion, but once the pipe beneath the property’s foundation is cracked, more roots are likely to grow in the area because of the moisture provided by the crack in the pipe.

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Signs of Tree Root Invasion

If you are purchasing a home that has trees on the lot, it’s a good idea to hire a plumber for a camera inspection to determine if any tree roots are invading the plumbing system. Nu Flow of Oklahoma can perform a sewer camera inspection and let you know if any roots have cracked the piping. If you’re concerned about the plumbing in your home or business, pay special attention for these signs that indicate you may have a root invasion in your pipes:

  • Visible sinkholes
  • Slow-draining sink or shower
  • Gurgling toilet
  • Sewage odor

Another common sign of tree root invasion into your plumbing is a change in tree growth. If one area of your lawn or one tree in particular looks greener than the rest, the area may be receiving moisture from a cracked pipe.

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Prevent Tree Root Invasion

Whether you’re acting preventively or you’ve just repaired your plumbing and want to stop the tree roots from disrupting another portion of your piping, there are some methods to eliminate tree root invasion.

  • Tree Removal: If you’ve had issues with the tree or anticipate that the roots will eventually reach your sewer line, have the tree professionally removed.
  • Routine Plumbing Maintenance: By having a plumbing camera inspection performed every two years, you can catch small disruptions in your plumbing before they become major issues.
  • Sewer Line Cleaning: Hydro jetting is one of the best ways to keep your plumbing lines clear so you can detect even the smallest tree root invasion.
  • Root Barrier: If you want to keep your landscaping intact, Install a root barrier around young trees. A trench of 18 to 24 inches deep must be dug around the root zone and the barrier put into place.

If you notice the warning signs that tree root invasion may be affecting your plumbing system, call Nu Flow of Oklahoma to schedule a pipe inspection.