Welcome back to the Meinco Blog readers! In today’s post we’ll be answering YOUR questions. Our owner, David has been in the wastewater business for over 20 years and is proud to be your trusted resource when it comes to all things septic and wastewater systems for your homes and businesses.

Our question of the day is “I’ve got tree roots in septic lines…HELP!”. This actually happens more often than you’d think and it’s an issue that does require regular maintenance from professionals until it’s resolved. So, let’s dive into a few solutions to help you navigate the tree root infiltration issue with your septic system.

How to tell if you’ve got a tree root infiltration:

The most common signs that you’re looking at some sort of tree root infiltration to your septic lines are that you’ve got slow drains and frequent clogs, cracked sidewalks/walkways near or around the tree roots, wet sinkholes in your yard and extra green and saturated patches of grass on your property.

What to do to resolve tree root infiltration:

There are several options and each situation warrants a different response, so let’s discuss the most common solutions.

  1. You can have the tree completely removed from your property. You’ll have to be sure and remove the entire stump to ensure those deep roots don’t grow back down the road.
  2. Yearly pipe clearing is recommended to remove plants and their roots from your pipes.
  3. Replacing the existing pipes with a modern plastic material that are built specifically to resist root infiltration and intrusion.

Tips to maintain tree root infiltration issues:

Keep trees or plants at least 10-15 feet away from your underground septic lines and system.

Keep an eye out for slow drainage issues or puddling of water in areas that haven’t recently been saturated with rainfall. If you see these issues coming up frequently in or around your home, contact our team of septic professionals at Meinco Wastewater!

We will be sure to get your wastewater system cleared and back up and running for you and get you on a regular maintenance schedule.

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