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Diagnosing Tree Root Problems in Septic Systems & Drain lines
Tree roots can cause many problems in your septic system. Some roots can travel up to several hundred feet in search of moisture and nutrients. Tree roots are one of the hardest things to diagnose. Your septic system is not like a car with a warning light on it, if your system gets root bound it will just stop working. Maintaining your system is vital to its operation. If you do not take care of it, you are in for future headaches and costly septic system repairs or even a septic system replacement.
Septic Tank Root Problems:
Most septic tanks are concrete structures that come in several pieces.
1. The tank itself is four walls with a bottom on it.
2. The tank top is a concrete slab with two man holes in it and inspection pipes.
3. There are two risers with concrete caps to cover the man holes.
Tanks are generally buried about two feet below the ground surface. Most new systems installed today have cement risers installed to bring the caps to the surface. Any place there are two surfaces meeting each other there is potential for tree roots in the septic to get into your system.
Some roots in septic system have been known to grow up to several hundred pounds. These root balls are very difficult to remove. Any septic professional can tell you a story or two of how they have discovered and removed very large roots from a septic system.
There are only a few ways to handle root problems in septic tanks, remove and repair where they are entering or cut the roots out and do a root treatment with a high quality product provided by your professional contractor.
Ask your professional for for Lenyzme Root Control (compared to RootX) which has twice the killing power and a unique latex base to hold onto the roots longer for a better longer lasting treatment.
Drainfield Root Problems:
The last option is complete replacement of the drainfield lines. One thing to understand about roots are; using mechanical or pressure jetting this will be a short term fix. Once roots are cut they will grow back twice as fast and twice as hardy. Therefor, it is highly recommended with this type of removal to use a Root Control treatment. The treatment will stop the roots from actively growing back for up to one year. Treatments should be done annually thereafter.
Your contractor and you can determine the right course of action based on how bad the roots are in your system and how much you want to disturb your landscaping. Once your drain field roots are removed or treated then removing the source of the roots is highly recommended.
Drainline Root Problems:
The treatment will stop the roots from actively growing back. Treatments should be done annually thereafter. The other solution is to replace the pipe line. Once your drain line is free of roots we recommend removing the source of the roots. Contact your local professional for this type of work.