Did you know that tree roots can be a major threat to your septic system? Are you willing to compromise your home’s plumbing operation for the sake of a more shaded property? First and foremost, you need to know where your septic system is. This includes not only knowing where your actual tank lies underground, but also where the drain field is located. For optimal operation, drain fields and septic tanks should be covered up with plain grass and dirt. Anything else (trees, tractors, heavy shrubbery, sheds) could pose a serious problem over time.
What’s the big deal?
Why are trees such an issue for a septic system? The tree’s roots attract water from the ground as they grow and expand outwards. They actually seek the closest and best water source available. If your septic tank and pipes are nearby, the tree roots can migrate into your pipes through cracks and joints and steal water. As they grow larger, the roots can eventually block or bust pipes altogether, resulting in a very disruptive and costly plumbing issue.
How do I know if tree roots are invading my septic system?
What if you already have some trees near your septic tank? How do you tell if it’s already doing damage? If you notice slow drainage in your home, a foul smell coming from your toilets or sink, or evidence of leaked wastewater in your drain field, there may be tree roots growing into pipes.
How can I solve a tree root problem?
If you do notice symptoms of clogged or busted pipes due to tree roots, call a professional. While it may be tempting to just poor chemicals down your drain to kill the tree roots, this can backfire and harm the helpful bacteria that your septic system needs to work. Likewise, if you attempt to remove the tree, you may not be able to eradicate the entire root system with it. Trust an expert instead. An experienced technician can give you repair options based on the severity of your situation.
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