Feb 19, 2018

3 Ways to Prevent Root Growth in Your Plumbing System 

Stubborn roots are often a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Thirsty tree roots are notorious for seeking out the nutrient rich material in sewer lines. They first enter through tiny cracks and fissures, and proliferate quickly once they’ve made their way inside. Extensive root growth can create massive issues in your plumbing system, including frequent clogs, severe backups, multiple leaks and burst sewer lines. At Mr. Rooter of Atlanta, Georgia, we’ve seen our fair share of problems associated with uncontrolled roots. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent and reduce root growth in your pipes. The certified Atlanta plumbers at Mr. Rooter are proud to offer a variety of services including hydro jetting, trenchless pipe lining and 24/7 emergency pipe repair for property owners in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Decatur, Suwanee, Stone Mountain, Buckhead and surrounding metro area communities. If you’re interested in getting professional help from a licensed and insured plumber in Atlanta, contact our office today. 

Well Planned Landscaping

The first step towards prevention is to ensure that you plan your landscaping well. If you’re lucky enough to build your home from the ground up, you can install your plumbing at the right distance away from any trees already planted on the property. If you live in a previously owned home, the prior tenants may not have taken the same precautions. If you have a tree that is growing too close to your home, it might be necessary to remove it. A local arborist or tree care professional might be able to solve the problem. Be sure to avoid planting any new trees, shrubs or plant with extensive root systems near your home’s plumbing system or foundation.

Install a Physical Barrier

Many homeowners take an extra step and install physical root barriers into the ground around their pipes. These barriers come in a variety of designs and materials, but all have the same purpose – to redirect root growth around the barriers and away from your plumbing system. 

Chemical Defense

While frequent use of caustic chemicals isn’t recommended for clog removal and root reduction, there are substances that can be used if they’re implemented safely and accurately. Copper sulfate crystals and foaming agents are two examples that can be effective against root growth. It’s important to understand that working with chemicals can be dangerous and damaging to pipes if used incorrectly. Professional Atlanta plumbers will be experienced and capable of administering these preventative chemicals without trouble. 

What Can You Do if Root Growth is Already Present?

The above scenarios are great for homeowner’s who want to keep roots from entering their pipes, but what if you already have roots growing in your system? Years ago, it sometimes meant ripping up sections of your pipes, flooring, foundation and lawn to get to the source of the problem. Thankfully, improvements on plumbing technology have paved the way for non-invasive alternatives. A combination of hydro jetting and trenchless pipe lining can eliminate existing root growth and prevent their reoccurrence without the time, expense and hassle of conventional methods. 

Looking for a Certified Plumber in Atlanta, Georgia? Call Mr. Rooter Today

Do you need hydro jetting, trenchless pipe lining or 24/7 emergency pipe repair in Atlanta, GA or a surrounding neighborhood? Then call the experts at Mr. Rooter right away. Our team of highly trained, experienced Atlanta plumbers will come to your location with all the tools and equipment needed to get your pipes flowing freely again. Contact our office for more information or to schedule an appointment with a qualified plumber in Atlanta. 



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