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Septic System Tree Roots

Tree Roots are a Familiar Problem

Septic system tree roots can be a common issue that homeowners face. Tree roots naturally seek out water sources, and unfortunately, your septic system can provide just that.

If left unchecked, these roots can invade and damage your septic system, leading to costly repairs. However, there are steps you can take to effectively get rid of these pesky roots and prevent them from causing further damage.


Six Steps to Removing Septic System Tree Roots

  1. Inspection: Start by having your septic system inspected by a professional. They will be able to determine the extent of the root invasion and advise you on the best course of action.
  1. Tree Removal: If the roots are causing significant damage, you may need to consider removing the source of the problem – the tree itself. Consult an arborist to assess the situation and safely remove any trees that pose a threat to your septic system.
  1. Root Cutting: In some cases, it may be possible to cut the intrusive roots without removing the tree entirely. A professional can use specialized equipment, such as root saws or high-pressure water jets, to cut the roots invading your septic system. This process should be done cautiously to avoid damaging the septic pipes.
  1. Chemical Treatments: There are root-killing chemicals available on the market that can be used to eliminate the roots in your septic system. These chemicals work by inhibiting root growth. However, it’s important to use them according to the manufacturer’s instructions and exercise caution as they can harm other plants or contaminate groundwater.
  1. Root Barriers: Installing physical root barriers can be an effective long-term solution. These barriers are made of durable materials like plastic and are placed between the tree and the septic system. They act as a barrier, preventing roots from infiltrating the pipes.
  1. Regular Maintenance: Even after treating the roots, it’s crucial to maintain your septic system properly. Regular pumping and inspections will help you catch any potential root intrusion early on. Additionally, avoid planting trees or shrubs near your septic system to prevent future root-related issues.

Remember, dealing with septic system roots can be a complex task, and it’s best to seek professional assistance to ensure the job is done effectively and safely. By taking proactive measures and addressing root intrusion promptly, you can protect your septic system from costly damages and enjoy a trouble-free wastewater management system.