Most homebuyers find that purchasing a home with lush, beautiful trees in the yard is ideal. Trees can provide shade, privacy from nosy neighbors, and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Trees add beauty in the spring and summer when they come to life and contribute to the joys of autumn when the leaves turn colors and fall to the ground. After all, jumping and throwing leaves into the air during autumn is a favorite pastime of many. If you are one who prefers to purchase a home with large, old, trees and lovely landscaping there are a few things to consider before taking on such a commitment. The trouble is that although gorgeous and pleasing to the eye, trees can cause severe damage to one’s home and surrounding yard. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a home in an environment that includes trees.
Drain damage can occur without you even knowing it. A tree root can begin to fester in the drain line slowly, causing potential problems over time. A drain is a great place for a tree root to grow as it provides shelter, food, and water in a convenient place. A tree root can find its way into a pipeline if there are small cracks in the pipe. Additionally, if the pipe is leaking, even a miniscule amount of water, a root can find its way into the pipe. Once a tree root breaks into the pipeline, there is potential for problems to arise.
As the pipe is providing nutrients, air, and water to the root, it will begin to grow. If the water is warm, the growth can take place at a quicker rate than usual. Once a root has proclaimed residency inside a drain, the damage can occur swiftly.
The combination of drain damage from a root that has trespassed and the growing root is detrimental to the health of a drain. Large tree roots can get stuck on dirt, debris, or grease, causing blockage and water backup in a drain. When a drain experiences a block, it is likely that water and debris can back up into your home causing unsanitary conditions for you and your family. In addition, it is likely that your home will need to endure costly repairs from the water damage or worse yet, an entire new sewage system.
Unfortunately, although there are several merits to owning a home on a tree lined street, tree roots block drains. There are ways, however, to prevent costly damage to your home and sewer system. Being diligent and cognizant of your trees and sewer system status, can help prevent unwanted issues. Be sure to know where the sewer clean out pipe is. Also be aware of where the laterals are and if you choose to plant trees, do so at least 10 feet away from the pipeline area. If you already have large trees growing in your yard, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional to come to your property for an assessment. A professional can come to your property with a variety of technological tools, such as but not limited to, an in drain camera to take a look at the status and health of your pipes. Although this could be an unwanted expense now, it could save you time, frustration, and money in the future.