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Spring Landscaping and Sewer Lines

What Does Spring Growth Have To Do With Plumbing?

Knowing where the sewer line is located can help prevent future plumbing problems for those who enjoy gardening and spring landscaping. Why? Because those beautiful trees and shrubs may pose the biggest risk to the integrity of the underground plumbing system. 

Roaming Roots

rootsMany homeowners grow trees to help provide privacy. Large leafy trees are especially helpful in creating boundaries because just one tree can travel across multiple areas. Although these trees add shape and value to the property, they may cause damage underground.

Roots that roam or travel underground are common with medium-sized trees and oaks. When springtime occurs, these roots begin to grow again, searching for water and nutrients. Soil is not the only way these roots find nutrition, and even manufactured materials can support new growth.

Sewer lines underneath the ground contain water and nutrients that roots need to survive. If hearts find the supply line, they can invade the area where pipes are connected. If there are any cracks in the pipeline, they can also make their way inside through the opening. 

Is Root Intrusion Detrimental To The Plumbing System?  

drainingRoot intrusion can cause several different problems. Some of these issues will happen inside the home, while others will affect the outdoor landscaping. Without proper and timely help, root intrusion can damage the entire pipe system and possibly the home’s structural integrity.

Tree roots that have already invaded the pipeline are likely to cause indoor draining issues. At first, this may seem like a minor issue that only takes patience to overcome. Even if a slow kitchen or shower drain isn’t bothersome, this is often a critical warning sign. 

Low water pressure is another sign. It’s often noticed in the shower first because it may take longer to rinse off after using shampoo and conditioner. Houses that have consistently produced light water pressure may show little or no difference.

It is difficult to find root intrusion without the right equipment. Since cracks in the pipeline are underground, many plumbers look for signs of damage on the property first. 

How To Solve Root Obstruction

Trained plumbers are necessary to handle root obstruction. They can accurately locate the crack while having all the equipment needed to fix a pipeline. Root obstruction can be handled in a few ways depending on the damage. 

Hydro jetting is an easy way for plumbers to rejuvenate the pipes after a blockage. Using a steady and strong stream of water, hydro jetting clears the drains to keep them running smoothly. The process works using a hose to pump pressurized water through a specialized nozzle. It is a common alternative to snaking.

Trenching is commonly used to replace an entire sewer line. This requires the removal of dirt, grass, asphalt, or concrete above the pipeline by an excavator or, in some cases, a hand dig process. Depending on the sewer line, a trench can be 2 feet deep or 20. Licensed plumbers are needed because this is an extremely difficult process for untrained individuals.

Instead of digging up the property, many homeowners prefer trenchless sewer repair. This involves moving a cone through the pipelines to break up the damaged pipe. When the old pipe is burst, a new line is simultaneously added. Cast iron pipes can be replaced with high-density polyethylene piping.  

About Premium Plumbing

Premium Plumbing provides the residents of Tampa, FL, and the surrounding areas with reliable solutions to all their plumbing issues. They offer flat-rate pricing, personalized options, and a free plumbing safety inspection with every service call. Call them today for sewer line repair in Tampa, FL.