Finding Plumbing Issues Early

Tree Roots And Your Septic System: What You Should Know

by Chris Bowman

Tree roots can silently begin to creep in and damage your septic system, and you might not even realize it until they have done extensive damage. Understanding how your septic system works and checking it for signs of tree roots can save you from thousands of dollars in repairs.

Your home septic system will have the tank, leach field, and waste pipes that all work together underground to rid your home of waste products properly. Tree roots that begin to grow around, or within the tank, leach field, or waste pipes can cause major headaches. The roots can potentially begin to block the waste pipes, crack them, and in some severe cases get into the tank.

How To Prevent Tree Roots from Disrupting Your Septic System

First and foremost, you need to know where your septic system is within your yard, and do not plant any trees, or scrubs, within 100 feet of this area. Trees will seek out any moisture underground and even a tiny crack within the septic system's pipes will be found, and the roots will begin to thrive on that moisture.

Inspect your yard where the septic system is laid out to catch any early warning signs that tree roots might be growing in the system. When inspecting your yard, some red flags will be patches of extremely green grass, damp ground or water pooling, and mud collecting along the area where the septic piping is laid out.

More red flags are if you are having issues with your plumbing, especially after heavy rainstorms. If tree roots have begun to grow within your septic tank, this will cause the sewage to be pushed up and out of the tank and begin pooling around it. When heavy rains occur, this will cause even more pooling, because the rain water has no where to flow as your septic tank is now full. This can be extremely hazardous and cause odors to emit from this untreated water. Odors are another red flag that you might have a block within your septic system.

What To Do If You Suspect Tree Roots Are In Your Septic System

If you suspect that tree roots are causing a blockage within your home septic system, you will want to contact a plumber immediately. Catching the problem early on and having them get rid of any small tree root invasions can potentially save you a lot of money. Your plumber will snake a small camera down into your home's septic system pipes to confirm if roots have in fact begun to invade the system. Then he will explain to you the next steps in dealing with the problem.

Remember to annually maintain your septic system and take precautionary measures to avoid a tree root invasion. Contact a service like Speedy Rooter if you need professional help.

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