Tree roots are one of the most common causes for drain damage. Even if your trees appear to be at a safe distance from your home, the roots may have been growing for years and managed to reach your pipes.
Tree roots can infiltrate the joints of even a healthy pipe, but if your sewer system is over 30 years old you are especially susceptible to damage.
If a root does find its way into the joint of a pipe it will quickly grow and cause blockages, cracking and sewage leaks.
Here are some tips to prevent plumbing problems caused by tree roots:
Find out where the location of all your sewer systems and pipes are in the front and back yard.
Measure the plant’s distance from your home to make sure there is enough space for the root system not to interfere with the underground pipes or foundation. Trees with spreading, water hungry roots should be planted approx. 3-9 metres from water and sewer lines.
Plants and shrubs need enough water and nutrients in the soil so their roots don’t infiltrate sewer and water lines to find it.
Try to plant trees and shrub species with less aggressive root systems.
Maintain your sewer system. Pipes are a source of water, nutrients and oxygen that roots seek. Roots will grow quickly toward a broken pipe, making the situation even worse.
So which trees cause the most damage to your home’s plumbing systems?
Staying away from trees that are known to be aggressive in their root system nature or have a need for excessive amounts of water will save you thousands when it comes to root infiltration of your plumbing system.
Here are some of the worst trees that we commonly find that block pipes around homes:
Fig & Rubber trees
If on the other hand you already have mature landscaping and are concerned that your plumbing issues are caused by tree roots;
Here are 4 warning signs that tree roots may be entering your drainage system:
Bubbling or gurgling in drains
Fluctuating Toilet water levels
Foul smell from drains within your home
If you suspect you may have roots damaging your plumbing systems, our OTJ Plumbing team can provide a CCTV drain inspection to ascertain the condition of your pipes.
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What are galvanized pipes?
Galvanized pipes are steel pipes that have been dipped in a protective zinc coating to prevent corrosion and rust. These types of piping were commonly installed in homes built before the 1960s.
The galvanized pipe was invented as an alternative to lead pipe for water supply lines. Today, however, we have learned that decades of exposure to water will cause galvanized pipes to corrode and rust on the inside.
These pipes can easily become blocked and start to corrode, causing the water pressure to go down as well as other hidden problems.
As there are a lot of aged homes in and around Sydney especially, galvanised pipes have become quite a problem.
What do galvanized pipes look like?
When first installed, galvanized pipes look similar to a nickel in colour. But as it ages, galvanized pipes appear much duller, lighter, or darker, depending on its environment.
We’ve also seen houses where the water pipes have been painted, so it can be difficult to tell at first glance and why you need a licensed plumbing professional to help diagnose the issue.
Problems that can occur with galvanized pipes –
Low Water Pressure
Due to the restriction of the line, corrosion in galvanized pipes can cause lower water pressure throughout your home.
Uneven Distribution of Water
If some of your taps have low water pressure, but others don’t, this could be a symptom of galvanized pipes. Corrosion can build up unevenly.
Discoloration of Water
Galvanized pipes can release iron and cause discoloration. A clear indicator of this is a brown stain on a porcelain sink.
Given enough time, galvanized pipes will rust through and cause more damage to your home.
If you are in a home with galvanized plumbing, you may need to budget for repairs or replacement, as these pipes have a limited lifetime.
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Flexible braided pipes are responsible for more than 20% of home water damage claims in just Australia alone.
The flexi hose is a plumbing connection from the water main to major appliances and sinks to replace copper pipes. These hoses are also used on toilets to replace the copper pipe connecting water from the stop tap to the cistern.
Flexi pipes are very versatile and are often used to save time and money, however long term it could potentially cause a lot of issues, leading to major damage to your home, such as leaks, ruptures and flooding.
Due to these flexi pipes only having a shelf life of 5-10 years, regular maintenance should be carried out. A homeowner can easily check for themselves by visually inspecting for freys, corrosion and general wear and tear.
If anything looks suspicious, it’s important to call a suitably qualified plumber for correct maintenance and replacement.
As a general rule flexible pipes should be replaced every 5-10 years depending on the brand. They should be watermarked and compliant with relevant standards: AS/NZS 3499
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