5 Tips for Root Intrusion Prevention
There are numerous pipe problems that the sewage system can encounter all throughout the year. One very common issue, especially for homes where the homeowner is an environmentalist or is just simply taken with the aesthetics that a tree provides in the lawn, is root intrusion. To make things worse with this problem, the signs that show will almost always get passed on as drainage or an ordinary pipe blockage issue since the signs is identical. Root intrusion, unlike any other pipe problem, can develop in a short amount of time and lead to total failure of the entire system. To help you avoid problems that concern root intrusion, here are simply yet very effective tips to follow:
- Utilise Heavy-Duty Pipes
It is a very good investment that you put the thickness and sturdiness of your pipe as its first line of defence. You can never predict the growth span of roots across the lawn because even when there are specific measurements that suggests the grown span and the minimum to maximum height for the roots, every tree growth differs depending on different factors such as moisture that the tree roots can find, type of soil surrounding the tree, environment it is planted in and even the amount of attention given to it while it is developing.
When your property or the environment that you are located in is riddled with a lot of trees, the best choice of pipelines is a cast iron one. This type of pipe has high resistance against pipe deterioration cause by root intrusion, it does not leak easily and, unlike most cement pipes, its surface is not porous making it safe from attracting roots. Another safe type of pipe you can use are PVC pipes. However, in using PVCs, make sure that they are cleared in your community since there are certain municipalities that do not allow their installation.
- Create Barriers
Make barriers along the body of the pipeline to protect it from root intrusion. There are specific tips that are not only effective but are also trouble-free. This is one of those tips. You can do this by pouring copper sulphate or potassium hydroxide in the soil surrounding the pipeline. What this does is that it protects the pipes through a shell of toxic soil surrounding the pipe that kills the roots as it grows near the pipelines. However, this problem is not a permanent one. This only works for as long as the chemicals last and there are countless ways for them to get washed away.
When applying, follow the manufacturers’ instruction at the back of the bottle strictly to make sure that the application to the soil will be effective and that you do not get too exposed to the chemicals.
- Choose Sewer-Safe Vegetation
There are certain trees that have bad causes to your plumbing system. There are also those that are not very hostile towards plumbing fixtures such as septic tanks and sewer lines. Needless to say, you have to choose the ones that do not pose an issue. Just a tip, choose the trees that are slow-growing and have shorter roots. This will save you the hassle of having to clean after the effects of root intrusion.
- Use a Mechanical Cutting Tool
Whenever you have a pipe blockage caused by root intrusion, instead of using chemical cleaners and treatments, use a mechanical cutting tool to cut out the roots and flush them. This is a lot healthier for your sewer line or main supply pipes since they are not exposed to harsh chemicals responsible in deterioration.
- Observe Hydro-Jet Cleaning
This tool releases water at the pressure of 4,000 to 6,000 psi. This guarantees you that is can very well do its job in flushing down debris and other materials suck inside the pipes even tree roots. This equipment is often used after the mechanical cutting tool.