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Don’t Let Roots Damage Your Pipes!

Even the smallest of roots can result in big problems. Most homeowners don’t consider that their homes landscaping can pose certain threats to their plumbing system. Roots can grow and expand long distances underground, in search of water and nutrients. Often, these roots can find water from the water and sewer pipes that live under the foundation of your home.

These roots are strong and can penetrate almost any opening to reach the water flowing inside your pipes. Some roots can even start to grow inside the pipe, ultimately clogging the line and damaging your homes plumbing system. You may start to notice reduced flow of water to your home, lower water pressure, and jumps in your water bill. Even worse, the blockage from the roots can causes waste and sewage to back up into your home, leaving you with a nasty, dangerous mess. Keep reading to learn about how roots can damage your pipes and how to minimize threats from your landscaping.

ACE Home Services Broken Pipes from Tree Roots

Small, But Mighty

Have you ever seen sidewalks crack and plant life emerging from underground? If this doesn’t give you an idea how strong root systems are, then maybe the following will. Roots can easily break pipes, whether they are made of steel or clay. If your home is over 25 years old, then you may have clay pipes, which are common with older water supply systems. These pipes have a questionable lifespans and can easily be penetrated by roots due to their porous character. Even concrete pipes and PVC pipes are susceptible to damages from roots. Roots can cause extensive damages to all these types of pipes, requiring you to dig up your water and sewer line system and replace the broken pipes. This can be a long, arduous process that leave you with nasty repair costs.

Time To Call the Professionals

If you notice that your water pressure is low, your supply lines gurgle, or that their might be a clog, you should take immediate action before the problem grows into a catastrophe. When it comes to root systems and pipe damage, it’s best to call the professionals at ACE. Our plumbers will investigate the problem and help remove any harmful roots. This process can become extensive and time-consuming, requiring our team to dig through the ground to replace the pipes caught by roots. The best way to minimize these risks is to limit your landscaping on the numbers of plants placed near water and sewer supply lines. And remember, don’t wait until it’s too late! If you have any questions or concerns, call your friends at ACE Home Services at (602) 483 6492 and schedule your service call today.