How Plants and Trees Can Cause Sewerage Problems

Major tree root had cracked the 150mm PVC drain

One of the main culprits when it comes to sewerage problems are unlikely suspects – Plants and Trees.

Plumbing and sewerage pipes are underground as are plant and tree roots. As these roots are wanting water and nutrients, they are attracted to any moisture that is underground. Cracks in plumbing joins and pipes allow roots access to the piping and the moisture in the pipes make roots thrive and grow. The result can be a potential plumbing disaster.

How can you prevent or maintain plant and tree roots causing you a sewerage problem? Read on to discover a few things to consider:

  • Know the Location of Your Plumbing before Planting Plants and Trees
  • Ensure Plants and Trees Have Enough Water and Nutrients
  • Hire a Plumber to Professionally Clean Your Sewerage System

Know the Location of Your Plumbing before Planting Plants and Trees

If you are planning on re-landscaping your garden or planting new vegetation, it’s recommended to find out where sewer pipes are located on your property. The Water Corporation will be able to help with this.

Do your research before choosing what plants and trees to grow. Local businesses such as nurseries can offer valuable advice plus know what plants and trees are native to your area. Don’t place plants and trees on or near sewerage pipes and while a tree may only be small when planted be aware of what its potential size will be when fully grown. Keep in mind, a tree’s roots can extend 1.5 metres longer than the length of the tree’s branches.

Ensure Plants and Trees Have Enough Water and Nutrients

Watering plants

Plants and trees are constantly in search of water. Ensuring plants and trees are watered regularly, mulched with good quality soil and planted in a spot with adequate sunlight will also stop them from going in search of more nutrients.

Hire a Plumber to Professionally Clean Your Sewerage System

Maintaining and repairing your plumbing is a job best left to the professionals at Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas Busselton/Dunsborough. We have the correct equipment to inspect, clean and repair pipes plus remove any plant and tree roots from your plumbing. Our range of different attachments ensures the correct tool is on hand to clear any blockages.

Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas Busselton/Dunsborough – your local experts

The team at Mainline Plumbing and Cheap Hot Water and Gas Busselton/Dunsborough offer fast, effective and honest workmanship for all your plumbing needs. They are the trusted name in the plumbing industry and offer an emergency call out service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the team on 9759 1317.