Trees are important to our health and general wellbeing with their oxygen giving properties, not to mention their aesthetic appeal. However, they can pose a risk to your plumbing. Tree roots can get into your pipework and cause serious blockages. This is one of the most common plumbing problems. Stay ahead of the game and learn what you can do to reduce and prevent it.
How Do Trees Get into Pipework?
Trees are designed to seek out moisture and nutrients and there is an abundance of moisture and nutrients inside your underground pipework. Additionally, there is notable condensation around the outside of your underground pipework too. This entices trees to head both towards and inside your pipework. During spring and autumn when trees grow rapidly there is a higher demand to seek out moisture and nutrients. This often results in blockages to your pipes. Depending on the type of tree and its growth rate it can cause severe blockages. To further exacerbate the problem, many properties in Australia have clay piping which deteriorates at a faster rate than PVC piping. This increases moisture and nutrients which becomes an attractant for tree roots.