Tree root invasion can pose a major problem to your sewer and stormwater pipes. Tree roots can quietly infiltrate your pipes through faulty joints or cracks and cause damage and deterioration, leading to troublesome blockages within the pipes. As these blockages worsen over time, they can result in costly repairs and potential damage to your property’s foundation and landscape.
As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining the services on your private property, including sewer and stormwater pipes, until they connect to public infrastructure like sewer mains or stormwater pits. When it comes to tree root damage, it’s important to take action to protect your property and seek reparations if needed.
What You Need to Know
Upgrade and Repair Infrastructure
The most common cause of pipe leakage is old terracotta pipes. Soil movements can cause joint failure or cracking, allowing water and nutrients to leak into the soil. To protect your property from tree root damage, consider replacing old terracotta pipes with durable PVC or UPVC pipes that come with pressure seals. Employ proper backfilling techniques and explore the use of mechanical plumbing equipment to control root growth.
Seek Reparations If Needed
If you suspect that council-owned trees are responsible for the damage to your pipes, you should notify the city council as soon as possible. They will inspect the exposed pipes to determine if their trees are indeed the cause. While they investigate the pipes, you should also maintain detailed records of the damage, repairs, and all communication with the city council. Having clear evidence is essential if you need to establish liability before the city can assist with repair costs when filing insurance claims or seeking reparations.
At Pipe Perfection, our licensed professionals are well-equipped to handle tree root invasions and pipe repair. With our expertise, we can get to the root of the problem and help you properly sort out your pipes. Contact us today to get started!