Drought Drives Tree Roots to San Diego’s Sewer Lines
Now in Stage II “drought alert,” the 3-year-old California drought has effects you can’t see.
It has nearly depleted the state’s topsoil moisture reserves, forcing trees to extend roots to more difficult water sources . . . often sewer lines. Some plumbers are reporting 20% more commercial sewer repair and replacement business due to invasive tree roots.
As client-focused San Diego Plumbing Contractors, Perry Plumbing wants to make sure you keep an eye on your sewer so that the roots don’t cost you more than they have to. If roots invade a sewer line extensively, attempting to remove them can destroy a sewer line. Tree roots grow in through leaky pipe seams and cracks. Once they find the water they sought they grow quickly.
The Usual Suspects in San Diego
Magnolia Trees: As gorgeous as they are, these trees with their ropey, shallow roots that grow along the surface of the ground are often the cause of sewer intrusion.
Poplar: While great for shade, these tall (up to 150 feet) trees have such invasive roots many HOAs go as far as banning them.
Lemon, Mango, Orange and Grapefruit Trees: Citrus needs a lot of oxygen, water, soil and nutrients to produce their delicious offerings. Their roots grow aggressively.
Coast Live Oak: California’s most prevalent oak, the coast live oak’s roots can grow up to 100 yards from the tree trunk.
Fixing Root Intrusion in San Diego
Our video inspections can tell if you have root intrusion or another type of sewer line blockage. Once we determine the blockage and the condition of the pipes, we suggest the best way to repair it. Our state-of-the-art drain cleaning machines can cut though a moderate root intrusion, leaving small pieces for us to flush out with our hydro-jetters.
When a Sewer Installation Is in Order
Believe it or not, some of San Diego’s sewer lines are still the old lead, clay, cast iron or galvanized steel. At this point in 2014, they are not standing up too well to aggressive root intrusion or removal. Perry Plumbing can replace a sewer with minimal disruption and fair, honest pricing.
Have Your Trees and Your Sewer, Too!
If you love the trees in your yard, one smart thing to do is get your sewer lines inspected every year or two. Finding root intrusions early can save the tree and the pipe! You can also consider installing a “root barrier” to stop or at least slow the root growth toward the sewer line.
Our video inspection team to look for trouble spots, and shows you the evidence in the film. If something does need repaired, ourplumbing repair coupons help make all work affordable. Feel free to call us at 619-472-2112, too. Our Better Business Bureau A+ rating and scores of Google Plus four- and five-star ratings should reassure you of our expertise.