We all like to bask in a little summer sun but sometimes tree shade can be an easy source of relief from the hot sun. But when we plant those trees in our yards in the fall, we often overlook the auxiliary impact that they can have. By this, we mean the underground consequences of tree growth that can impact your home and its plumbing.
Old and New Implantations
Where some trees have minimal subsurface growth, others have extensive networks of roots to support and provide for them. Choosing the appropriate lawn and garden additions from the beginning can make a world of difference. For those of you moving into a new home or evaluating your long term home, being able to identify the existing shrubbery and tree status can also help you look out for potential conflicts.
Biggest Tree Root Complications For Plumbing
Regardless of your situation, it can be difficult to predict what might happen. To counteract some of this uncertainty, we have listed a few common plumbing complications resulting from root interference.
A major complication for many homes, especially in the Treasure Valley, is the strength of their foundational piping. Because of the older or historic nature of many Idaho homes, their plumbing is often based in clay piping. Roots pose a great threat to clay pipes because they are more susceptible to obstruction or damage that the current industry standard PVC pipes.
2. Property and Placement
Another plumbing issue often arises because of trees with deep or far-reaching roots. If garden planning was not made with respect to the property, roots often come into contact with important plumbing and foundational structures. As far as plumbing is concerned, there can be serious consequences that can impact the entire property, not just your water or waste systems.
The most common among these property conflicts tends to be root interference with sewer lines and septic tanks. If roots slow, block, or damage either of these networks that exist beneath the ground, there can be overwhelming outcomes. These unpleasant, harmful results are usually paired with expensive solutions.
Knowing where the important infrastructural systems are on your property can save you loads of time and money when you think potential or impending problems are on the way. Whether you are in the position of a renter, homeowner or management company, keeping an eye on the property and seeking out preventative or check-up sewer line services relieves you of the “what if” that comes with the unknown.
There are plenty of variables that can cause root growth as well as plenty of variables that can cause plumbing complications. However for each one of these problems, there are multiple solutions. And even if the problem comes up, there are 24/7 emergency services available to you with the click of a few buttons. Organizing a plan of action should the unexpected happen can also protect you from extended damages. Time is money, especially when the unforeseen become reality.
Sometimes new, unexpected growth can occur after a few years of neutral or nonaggressive root development. Sometimes time just takes its toll. Having a conscious investment in your home as well as an awareness of the resources available to you will dramatically increase your likelihood for preventing expensive plumbing problems in the future.