Carrollton, Texas
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Handling Pipe Damage June 7, 2015

Carrollton, Denton
Handling Pipe Damage, Carrollton, Texas

Unfortunately, your landscape could pose a hazard to your plumbing system. Tree roots can traverse long distances in search of water. Especially during times of drought. Although we just experienced massive rains around Dallas and Plano, some damage may have already occurred. When trees and large shrubs are thirsty, they can follow a trail of water vapor that escape from small cracks or holes or poorly sealed joints in water and sewer lines. Your roots can penetrate openings like these trying to access the nutrients and water inside the pipes. If they are not stopped, these roots can completely clog a pipe with numerous hair-like root masses at each point of entry. These root balls can quickly become a trap for grease and other debris flowing from your home to the main sewer line. This will result in reduced flow and slow drains. If you don't remove the blockage, a complete blockage may occur. With nowhere to go, waste water and sewage are able to back up into your house.

Root systems can be very powerful. Many of us has seen concrete sidewalks actually buckle from their pressure. If they can crack concrete, they can certainly place a large strain on a crack or pipe joint, sometimes breaking the pipe and resulting in a costly repair or replacement. If your home is more than 25 years old, you probably have either steel pipes (which are susceptible to corrosion) or clay (terracotta) pipes. These pipes have some porous characteristics that require an additional level of care. Because with time, they may have likely reached the end of their useful life. Clay pipe, which is most common in older water and sewer lines, is very easily breached by tree roots. Concrete pipe and PVC pipes can additionally allow root penetration, but to a smaller amount than clay pipes. PVC pipe usually has fewer joints, and these tend to be more tightly fitted. This makes them less likely to leak as a result of settlement around the pipe.

If incoming water or outgoing waste water lines gurgle, bubble or drain more slowly, you most likely have the beginnings of a clog. This problem isn’t likely to go away on its own. It’s time to call in a licensed Master Plumber to investigate the situation. If roots have already penetrated your pipes, a professional plumber can solve the issue by using powerful cutting blades. Sometimes this process can require digging or using new, trenchless technologies to reach the affected area. Normally they are several feet below grade. Once the trench is dug, a professional plumber can repair or replace the leaky pipes and cut away any damaging roots.

You can minimize the chances of root incursion by limiting the number and types of plants near water or sewer lines. When planting trees that will become very large, consider locations carefully and be sure to place them where the roots are least likely to reach pipes.

Think you may already have a tree root problem?

Then act now before a catastrophe occurs. Signature Plumbing Company is ready to help. Just call Byron Neuse at 214-918-1075 or email at and he will promptly address the situation.

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