Other Than PVC Pipe, What Types of Pipes Do Roots Affect?


Tree roots choking up your pipes is one of the most common plumbing issues known to man. Did you know that tree roots can grow at a length of three times the height of the tree? What’s more, they can extend as far as seven times the total height given the right conditions. A mature tree will have thousands of roots in an intricate network, searching for nutrition and moisture.

Experts recommend not putting your sewer or water line where it could be invaded by tree roots. How your pipes get invaded will depend largely on the piping material you’ve chosen and how near it is to a tree or a large shrub.

Types of Pipes Affected By Roots

Quality should be at the top of your considerations when you’re looking for a pipe that resists root intrusion and growth. Most homes built today will have either PVC or ABS sewer lines to combat the root problem. PVC combats the threat by having less joints for possible root intrusions, and the joints themselves are tightly fitted to prevent leaking from settlement.

ABS pipes will have glued joints to prevent foreign materials from coming in. These two materials are among the best when it comes to preventing root intrusion, but the chances are still there.

Some pipe materials are more weak to root invasion than others. Trees have a remarkable sense of knowing where the nutrients are in their immediate vicinity. The root tips instinctively grow where there’s an abundance of water and nutrients in the soil, which usually leads to your pipes. From there, the roots find structural weaknesses in the plumbing, such as in the cracks and the pipe joints, and penetrate through to get water. As time goes by the roots grow and fill up the insides of your pipe and exert enormous pressure which can cause it to crack and break. Before long, you’ll be looking at a total collapse.

Older homes are likely to have clay pipes installed by contractors in the 80s. These pipes are easily damaged and are especially susceptible to intrusions because it can easily crack as compared to other piping materials. Cast iron is a stronger pipe material than clay, but its composition makes it vulnerable to corrosion over time. When this happens, roots can easily enter.

There are instances when pipes become vulnerable due to the following:

  • Surface vibrations
  • Settling ground
  • Earthquakes
  • Freezing and thawing
  • Nearby construction projects

It’s not the end of the world when tree roots do invade your sewer or water system. First, a sewer camera inspection can determine the exact cause of your plumbing issue. Then, hydrojetting can be employed to clear out debris and blockages, especially tree roots that have invaded the inside of your pipes.

Trenchless technology is the best solution for this pesky problem. The seamless, jointless liner is made of HDPE material, which blocks out roots from entering your sewer or water system. What’s more, you get an improved flow and a new pipe that should last for 50 years or more!

Call Thistle Plumbing and ask for trenchless technology today. Get high-quality services at affordable prices!

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