It’s not uncommon for tree roots to dig their way deep underground in search of water. Trees, like all plant life, need a few basic things to grow: water, light and nutrients.
If there’s a drought or otherwise lack of water on the surface, they’ll search for water and nutrients underground by using their roots.
Unfortunately, this often results in tree roots making their way into water or sewage lines while causing significant damage in the process.
How Roots Enter Water Lines
It’s important to note that tree roots typically don’t pierce or otherwise enter an undamaged water line. Rather, they enter through cracks, crevices or weak spots in the line.
The roots “sense” water in the line, so their natural response is to grow towards it, eventually making their way into the water line.
Replace Water-Seeking Trees
The most effective way to protect your water and sewer lines from invasive tree roots is to replace water-seeking trees every 8-10 years.
As long as you replace potentially problematic trees within this time frame, the roots shouldn’t be able to reach your water lines – not unless there’s some other underlying problem like a shallow and/or damaged water line.
Plant Slow-Growing Trees
Another tip to protect your water line from invasive tree roots is to place slow-growing trees near the water line.
If there’s a slow-growing tree near your water line, roots from other, faster-growing trees probably won’t encroach upon this space.
Products to Prevent Tree Roots in Water Lines
You might be surprised to learn that there are products designed specifically to prevent tree roots from entering water lines.
These products contain chemicals that discourage tree roots from growing here. You add them to your water line, at which point the chemical coats the pipe to discourage the formation of tree roots.
Of course, you don’t have to remove problematic trees yourself. On the contrary, it’s recommended that you hire a professional tree removal specialist to perform this task due to its complexity.
Trees, especially full grown trees, must be carefully removed so it doesn’t cause injury or damage nearby structures (e.g. your home).
If we can help with any of your tree care needs give us a call at 512-846-2535 or 512-940-0799 or