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A natural occurrence of trees and other vegetative species is to continually search for nourishment from both water and soil. Trees, shrubs, and most plants use their roots to find their food source and to establish a holding ground for the stem. Some areas are more abundant with nutrients and become the new favourite spot for the roots. Letting nature run its course is ideal, but when it comes to roots attacking your sewer pipes, you need to do what it’s necessary, and that is to stop the root invasion. Below are procedures on how to hinder roots from attacking your sewer pipes.

Preventing root attacks by siting trees at the best position

A lot of you may be wondering what is the “best position” to plant a tree. Well, the important thing here is to ensure that the area in which you’re planting your plants or trees have a great distance from the location of your sewer pipe. This method is the best way to keep your greenery while protecting your sewer pipeline from any root invasion. Also, even if the tree species are kind of aggressive, the long distance can still prevent root intrusions. Do keep in mind that there are trees that are very contentious in searching for water and soil nourishment that even the distance between the plant and sewer pipes will prove useless. You must ask help from the local botanist to help you identify which tree species are optimal for your current home. Lastly, it’s not just the sewer pipes that you should focus your attention, there are also other parts in your household that have plenty of water like stormwater drain, water lines, etc.

Chemical maintenance

You can pour certain chemicals that are able to poison trees. Of course, you can’t just spill random chemical agents into the drain, what you need is something called copper sulphate. To be more specific, you need a root killer that has a main component of copper sulphate. This herbicide can kill and discourage root growth. However, if the roots have already entered the sewer pipes and is killed by the chemicals, the job is not over. You actually need to remove the dead roots from the sewer line by using water jets, mechanical root cutters, or excavation. Also, before you put chemicals into the drain, make sure your pipes are highly resistant to corrosion. You may unknowingly accelerate the corrosion of your household pipes, which can spell disaster in the future.

Uproot the tree

Sadly, there are cases in which you have no other option besides uprooting the tree. You can just trim the invading the roots with the use of cutting machines but this will just extend the problem and can cause even more damage to the pipes in the long run. Cutting down the trees isn’t enough, the stump together with the surviving roots must be completely removed. The next time you plant a tree, shrub or any other plant near your sewer pipes, be sure it’s the non-invasive type and has really shallow roots.