Earlier this month we posted a few photos of a tree root that wrapped itself around sewer pipes. When a tree service went to pull the roots, it brought up the sewer pipes and the pipe burst. Superior Plumbing & Drain was called to the scene to handle the aftermath where we had to dig out the roots, pull-up the rest of the pipe and replace the broken sections.
This is a common issue because in times of drought, reduced rainfall, drip system issues etc, tree and plant roots will travel great distances to find water. In the desert, we see the dry conditions resulting in a variety of issues between roots and sewer pipes. In older developments and in places where clay sewer pipes are used, the tree root problem also occurs. Where plastic pipes are installed, the issue is still present but the pipes last a little longer than clay.
Superior Plumbing & Drain responds to several calls a season where the roots have grown into a sewer pipe. The problem usually happens when roots find a consistent water source and begin to overtake the sewer pipes. Often the roots are following the vapors coming from the pipe and work themselves as close to the source as possible. Once the roots breach the pipe, they eventually cause a clog or back-up that needs to be repaired.
Even though there are some planting guidelines for certain types of trees and plants, most homeowners buy a property with landscaping already installed. This makes it difficult to know how close the foliage is planted to sewer lines or if there is already a problem lurking below the surface.