Tree roots are a major source of vexation when it comes to sewer lines, wrapping around the pipe and sometimes causing ruptures and breaks. Pennsylvania sees more than its share of such cases, and rarely gets more tree-heavy than in places like Bucks County. Trenchless repair services make it easier to deal with the problem, since they can reach the ruptured pipe with less trauma to your yard and the surrounding area. But how can you treat the problem before it gets to that stage? Or, more specifically, do tree roots always cause pipes to be replaced?
Sadly, the answer is usually yes. Tree roots do most of their damage underground (away from human sight), and work slowly over time. They can exert considerable pressure as they grow, running along the pipes early on, only to get stronger and stronger as the tree ages. Few pipes can withstand the pressure that Mother Nature can exert, particularly older pipes or those made from substandard materials like clay or cement.
And tree roots don’t need to affect pipes directly in order to cause problems. An expanding root system can disrupt the surrounding soil, creating shifts that may rupture the pipeline. The problem only gets worse if leaks are already present, since tree roots will seek out the natural fertilizer coming from the pipe.
All of that takes place behind the scenes, where the homeowner is unaware until the damage has been done. In some cases, it helps to know where your sewer line is located and observe the distance between it and any nearby trees or bushes. Judicious pruning can keep the root system in check, but even then it’s just a question of educated guessing rather than serious action. Removing tree roots from the proximity of a pipeline means the same work as replacing the pipe itself. Most homeowners are prone to wait for a rupture rather than go through the time and expense beforehand.
When that day happens – when the roots demand a replacement for your pipes – call on Resolve Rooter to help. We treat service calls in all parts of Pennsylvania, including Bucks County. Trenchless repairs are a specialty of ours, allowing your pipes to be replaced without tearing up the yard in the process.
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