Trees are a great addition to your backyard. They purify the air, provide lovely shades from the sun, and even reduce stormwater runoff. However, when their roots start growing into your outdoor plumbing and septic system, they can create a significant inconvenience in the home. They can block the pipes, restrict water flow, and even break the distribution pipes that run into the septic tank. Tree roots can cause costly repairs to your home's plumbing and septic system. That is why you should follow these tips to ensure that the roots don't penetrate these systems and wreak havoc in the home.
Identify the location of the septic tank
The first step should be to determine whether the septic tank and leach field are located. Most people only know that there is a septic system in their homes, but they have never bothered to look at it. Understanding where the system is located will help you ensure that there are no trees in its path. If you can't find it, check the property drawings that you received during the purchase. Have a look at the outdoor plumbing system and the main drain line as well so that you can avoid damaging the pipes when undertaking yard work.
Don't plant trees near the septic system
Avoid planting trees and flowers near your septic tank and leach field. The area surrounding has extra nutrients, water and oxygen, and plant roots will grow towards it as they seek these three essential components to grow. The roots may grow into the tank and cause plumbing problems. If any trees are surrounding the drain field, ensure that they are at least 30 or so feet away from the drain field. Also, check whether they are slow growing trees as their roots may take a while before invading the septic system.
Inspect the system regularly
Regular inspection is the only way to ensure that your septic system is in excellent condition at all times. This will give you an opportunity to ensure that there are no invasive roots in the way of the main sewer line. Also, if any parts of the system need repairs, they will be checked before they grow out of proportion. An inspection will also help you identify clogs before they affect the rest of the home's plumbing system. Hire a professional plumbing contractor for inspections at least once every six months.
The septic system is a critical part of your home's plumbing as all the wastewater from the home drain into it. Follow these tips to ensure that tree roots don't affect the functioning of the system. Contact a septic service if you notice anything unusual with the system.