Atlanta Inspects Pipelines to Inhibit Tree Roots in Sewer System

Atlanta Inspects Pipelines to Inhibit Tree Roots in Sewer System

The city of Atlanta has been dealing with tree roots, as have other cities within the area. Roots can build up inside the sewer system and cause clogs and problematic backups. These clogs can interfere with the daily use of your fixtures. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this nuisance. Take note of any trees growing within 30 feet of your main sewer line and get a professional inspection every few years. Additionally, leave at least 10 feet between any new trees and shrubs planted near your home’s mainline. Trees are relatively low maintenance as their requirements are few- soil, water, sunlight. They provide an abundance of benefits which include purifying the air, lowering your energy bills with their shade, proving shelter for wildlife, as well as adding an aesthetic appeal. Interestingly, older pipes made of concrete or clay are the most likely to attract roots, due to cracks and leaks in the structure. Getting a sewer inspection will reveal signs of root intrusion, leaking pipes, and other issues. The sooner an unstable pipeline is identified and rehabilitated, the less likely it is for roots to gain entry into the system.

Tip: if roots from existing trees are causing problems in the soil treatment system, you can potentially prevent roots from entering the lines by installing root barriers between the trees and the lines. To effectively stop tree roots, the barrier should extend from the soil surface to a depth of at least 2 feet.

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