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How Can I Prevent Tree Roots from Damaging My Pipes in Eugene?

11/27/2023 (Permalink)

Tree roots grow over pipes. We restore water damage 24 hours a day in Lane County.

Our local North Eugene and Northwest Lane County team is on call and ready to respond to water damage emergencies 365 days a year. Tree roots are a common cause of pipe failure in Eugene homes. Here are some things that can be done to prevent tree root damage to plumbing pipes:

Regular Maintenance: Periodically inspect your plumbing system for signs of root intrusion, such as slow drains or unusual gurgling noises.

Root Barriers: Installing root barriers, which are physical or chemical barriers designed to deter root growth in the direction of pipes, can help prevent root intrusion. These barriers are typically placed underground between trees and the pipes.

Selective Planting: When landscaping near your plumbing pipes, consider planting trees and shrubs with non-invasive root systems that are less likely to seek out pipes for moisture.

Pipe Replacement: In cases of severe root damage, it may be necessary to replace affected pipes with materials that are more resistant to root intrusion, such as PVC or ABS plastic.

Chemical Treatments: Root-killing chemicals can be used to eliminate or deter roots from growing into pipes. However, these should be used cautiously, as they can harm the environment and may require professional application.

If you suspect that tree roots have already infiltrated your plumbing pipes, it's advisable to consult a professional plumber or arborist to assess the extent of the damage.

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