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Ways to Avoid Tree Root Problems with Your Drain Line

Your home’s  drain line remains out of sight—exactly as you want it—running from underneath your property and out to the municipal sewer system in the center of the street, where the line deposits the wastewater collected from all the drains in your house.

But although the drain line remains out of sight, don’t keep it entirely out of mind. Damage to this line will cause clogs in your drains, and possibly flooding into the basement and foundations of your home. This will require the work of skilled plumbers to repair. For all Littleton, MA drain problems, call on Basnett Plumbing & Heating for fast and reliable service.

The Problem with Tree Roots

Perhaps the #1 danger to your drain line is tree roots. The growing roots of plants naturally seek water and nutrients, and so they will spread down toward the wastewater pipes. The tiny tendrils at the end of roots will find minute places to infiltrate into the pipes, soon growing into a blockage inside. This can even lead to the pipe breaking when the root pressure grows too powerful.

There are ways you can help avoid this. You should know where your drain line is located underground; you can call a public utility company (the “Call before You Dig” people) to find this information, and use it to help guide you when landscaping and planting. Try to plant large trees distant from the drain line; for shrubs and bushes that are closer to the pipe, choose plants with shallow or slow-growing roots.

There are some root-dissolving chemicals that will protect your pipes. You may wish to consult with professional plumbers regarding this, since they will know how to best create a chemical barrier between the roots and your drain line.

You should act fast at the first signs of root infiltration so professionals can stop the problem before larger repairs become necessary. Regular clogging of drains throughout your home is an early signal of the problem. If you identify root growth in time, plumbers can often eliminate it with root-destroying chemicals instead of needing to dig down to fix or replace the pipe.

It always helps to have regular inspection of your drainage system from professional plumbers. Annual plumbing maintenance will catch potential problems with your drain line to help you head off an expensive and disruptive repair. You will also have cleaner and healthier plumbing in general.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating has the experienced plumbers to help your Littleton, MA drain system stay root-free and problem-free. Call us for maintenance, repairs, and installation for your plumbing.

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