Rooter the Roots: Planting Trees That Won’t Bust Your Pipes

Know What Grows Underground

Spring has sprung, and in addition to regular home maintenance you may be planning to plant trees on your property. As a San Jose rooter company, we have seen our share of sewer line blockages due to root in your pipes. So before you dig and plant, get more information.

Trees provide shade and produce oxygen, and they are a great addition to almost any Bay Area yard. Unfortunately, tree roots in your pipes can also cause severe damage to sewage lines that lead to nasty plumbing problems. Avoid issues (and costly repairs) by making smart choices when planting trees and engaging in regular maintenance.

The Damage
Trees need water and oxygen, and sewer lines provide them with access to these substances. Roots naturally grow toward water, so if there is a leak in a pipe, the roots will enter it, clogging pipes and creating unsanitary conditions that require expensive plumbing repairs.

Plant the Right Trees
Several species of trees have shallow or narrow root systems that are less likely to cause damage to your sewer pipes. Before you plant a tree, know the location of the sewer pipes to avoid planting too close to them. Next, find the best tree for your landscape design that has a limited root system.

Good tree choices that can be planted as close as 2 feet from your sewer lines include:

  • Apple and Crabapple
  • Avocado
  • Hibiscus
  • Chinese Tallow
  • Pencil Pine

Some trees should be planted a minimum of 4 feet from your lines and include:

  • Crepe Myrtle
  • Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin and Orange
  • Loquat
  • Birch and Silver Birch
  • Cottonwood

Several species of trees should never be planted in an urban yard, such as:

  • Juniper bushes/trees
  • Willows
  • Sugar Gum
  • Figs
  • Norfolk Pine

We Are Your San Jose Rooter Service Specialist

If you suspect that root intrusion has occurred, or your drain clogs frequently or emits gurgling noises, you may have a problem with your sewer line. Contact a plumber who can diagnose the issue and conduct sewer line repairs. Gogo Rooter provides 5 star customer service, is available 24/7, and we can address all of your complex plumbing needs. Call us today at (408) 282-7026 for fast and convenient service.

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