Tree root invasion is a fairly common problem in underground plumbing pipes. The roots of large nearby trees can grow towards the pipe, strangling and breaking the piping in search of water. Once the roots break the pipe, they grow inside it, causing various issues in your home and water supply system. Therefore, look out for the signs below that indicate there is a root invasion in your underground water pipes.

Low water pressure in your home

A root invasion in underground pipes causes the affected pipe to leak. If the damage is substantial, the leak may lower the flow rate and pressure of the water. Similarly, the roots inside the pipe may obstruct water flow, meaning less water will flow into your indoor plumbing. Therefore, if you notice an unexplained decrease in whole-house water pressure, inspect your underground pipes for leaks. Repair the broken piping and remove the invasive roots to prevent future pipe leaks.

Lush patches of vegetation

Are there patches of vegetation in your yard or garden that appear greener than the rest of the landscape? If so, the plants in these areas are accessing more water or nutrients. If you have a leaking pipe due to damage by tree roots, water will seep into the ground and nourish the soil. Consequently, the plants in the area will have access to more water even during the dry months of the year. In the process, water gets wasted, causing your water bill to skyrocket.

Sunken spots in the backyard

Large tree roots can cause severe pipe leaks, causing the soil to absorb too much water. Over time, the affected spots become sunken or soggy. Plants in these areas may die due to rot from excess moisture. Furthermore, wet, sunken spots in the yard can cause injuries from slipping or tripping over the saturated soil. You must repair the damaged piping and fix the root problem. One excellent solution is to build a root barrier to protect your plumbing pipes from root damage.

Damaged concrete structures and hardscapes

Pipe leaks caused by invasive tree roots can cause extensive damage to concrete structures and hardscapes installed above underground pipes. The moisture can seep into concrete footpaths and retaining walls, compromising their structure. Over time, cracks appear on the surface of the concrete, reducing its curb appeal. Repairing the damaged pipe requires proper care to avoid damaging the structures. Therefore, adopt non-invasive pipe repair methods, such as pipe relining.

Invasive tree roots can cause severe damage to your plumbing pipes and outdoor structures. Therefore, if you notice the above signs accompanied by soaring water bills, contact a plumber for immediate pipe repairs.

For more information, contact a local company, like Martech Plumbing PTY LTD.