Clear Your Pipes And Hug Your Trees: Rooting Your Pipes Without Hurting Your Trees

2 May 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


The roots are essentially the lifeforce of the tree, and if they are damaged, the tree itself can be put in danger. However, if roots get into your pipes, they can disrupt the flow of water in or out of your house and cause expensive damage. If you need your pipes rooted but you are worried about hurting the roots of your trees, minimize root damage with these four tips:

1. Cut roots cleanly

If roots are growing into your pipes, a professional rooting service will use a variety of methods to remove the roots. They will probe the pipes with special snaking tools to clear the roots, and they may also use chemicals to disintegrate some of the roots.

However, they may also cut the roots so they don't threaten your pipes. If you have someone cut your roots, make sure they know how to work with trees carefully. Ideally, they should severe roots cleanly, as a clean wound is easier for the tree to heal than a jagged one.

2. Use barriers to redirect roots

Once you have the roots removed from your pipes, you want to make sure they don't re-enter the pipes. If you like, you can ask the rooting service to install a barrier. Popularly used around trees near sidewalks to prevent the roots from disrupting the pavement, barriers encourage roots to move.

Essentially, a growing root hits the barrier and redirects itself. This process doesn't hurt the tree at all. It just corrals its growth.Taking this step means that you don't have to worry about need to remove roots from your pipes in the future, and as a result, this measure indirectly protects your roots.  

3. Nurture your affected trees

In spite of how careful the rooting service is, if the root system is too damaged, it can affect the health of the tree. Just as you would nurture an ill person, nurture your tree after the rooting service appointment.

Its roots are responsible for drinking water and absorbing nutrients. Give the tree extra water and put some nutrient-rich soil around it to boost its food and water intake and thus its health.

4. Use caution with new plantings

After you have paid to have roots removed from your pipes, try to avoid the experience for future trees by using caution with new plantings. Know where your pipes are, and before planting any new trees, talk with a tree specialist. These experts can let you know if the new plantings' roots are likely to run into your pipes.

To learn more, contact Royal-T-Rooter Service