OKLAHOMA CITY , June 9, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Champion Plumbing, a leader in plumbing services to the Oklahoma City Area, urges homeowners to protect their pipes from the potentially catastrophic damage that can be caused by rapidly growing tree roots.
“We encourage our neighbors to plant and care for trees, but it is important to be smart about where they are,” said Brent Harpole , Co-owner of Champion Plumbing. “If trees are planted too close to pipes or sewers, they can do a lot of damage before the problem is recognized. In addition, repairs can be expensive or require extensive digging, and the health of the tree is also at risk. ”
After the heavy rains in late spring and early summer, the root systems in the area often experience rapid expansion. As the roots grow, they can quickly damage underground pipes by applying pressure from the outside or by snaking into small leaks and applying pressure from the inside out. The pressure can lead to blockages, leaks or burst pipes.
Harpole recommends homeowners identify the location of plumbing and sewer lines on their property and then assess the potential risk from nearby trees and bushes. In addition to the proximity, further signs of possible root damage are above-average water bills, slow drainage and unpleasant smells. In most situations, wooden or metal barriers can protect pipes from damage. In some extreme cases, trees may need to be removed.
“It is not easy to reverse the damage roots…