If your home is over 25 years old you probably have either steel pipes which are susceptible to corrosion or clay terracotta pipes. If your home is over 25 years old you probably have either steel pipes which are susceptible to corrosion or clay terracotta pipes. Now, with all that said, its not hard to go around large trees with plumbing. I bet for we have 20 years before crushing or imploding due to pressure is an issue. Hi I have a Maytag French Door Refriig. One of the responses you are going to get is that PVC is not as prone to damage as the older pipes.
PVC pipe is alot stronger at the joints than clay which is where roots usually enter at. We can go on for days about the types of problems and damage tree roots cause. Intrusions clog, crack and cause a slew of other serious pipe issues if unattended. Modern materials and installation techniques are helping to prevent conflicts between the tree you love and the pipe you need. Roots are attracted to water vapor that escapes through cracks or loose joints in sewer pipes.
It's the most efficient and cost-effective solution. Roots get into pipes and then widen the opening as they grow. If you know where pipe lines run beneath your home and property, you can plant problematic species accordingly, at enough range that roots do not put pipes at risk. If the drain pipe has holes in the design it is always a potential problem. A complete blockage may occur if the roots are not removed.
The longer you wait, the bigger the job will be. Browse Gardening and Landscaping Stories on Houzz See all Stories. PVC pipe usually has fewer joints and because those joints are tightly fitted, they are less likely to leak as a result of settlement around the pipe. You could contact the building inspector or public works and just ask what the code is for depth. Concrete pipe and PVC pipe may also allow root intrusion, but to a lesser extent than clay. ANY MOISTURE LEAK FROM A PVC, CAST IRON, OR CLAY drainage pipe will eventually ATTRACT root intrusion from surrounding plants.