Sewage backing up into your home is always frustrating and alarming. While there are many reasons why you may have a backup, the most common is invasive tree roots. This means that roots from a nearby tree have worked their way into your line. Over time, they will fill up your pipe and block the passage of solids. Eventually, even liquid will have trouble getting past. This is why home plumbing maintenance is so important. But, did you know some tree roots can be more harmful to your pipes than others?

We know you can’t always control what types of foliage are in your backyard. Perhaps you purchased this home and the previous owners had done landscaping. Maybe your home is older and the original owners planted some trees when the house was new. For most people,

the long-term effects of tree roots on pipes do not even cross their mind when creating their ideal garden space. The trees you want to avoid being near your sewage system are willow, oak, fig, maple, birch, sycamore, aspen, and elm. These roots are most intrusive and most likely to cause damage. Opt instead for fruit trees, palmetto or fan palms, wafer ash, or magnolia trees.

The good news is that there is always room for improvement. If you have a younger existing tree, you can try relocating it. If this is not an option, you don’t necessarily have to get rid of the tree altogether. Setting up routine maintenance procedures could help. The best way to keep your pipes flowing smoothly is a hydro-jetting service. This is a special piece of equipment that forces water at a high PSI rate through your pipes. This keeps them scoured and squeaky clean! Your technician may want to perform a camera inspection in your line first to make sure there is not an issue other than roots in your system.

If you are having tree root issues, give Express Plumbing Heating & Air a call. Our experienced technicians can help you out with those pesky pipe invaders. We are available 24/7 for any backup emergencies you have. Call us today!

Brad Jordan

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