It is not uncommon for pipes to have small holes, leaks, or even loose joints that allow some moisture to escape. These losses may not noticeably affect your pipes ability to supply water but escaping moisture could lead to much greater problems. Especially during dry spells or droughts, plants like trees and shrubs tend to extend their tap roots in search of any source of water. If moisture from your pipes is detected by these root systems, the roots can wrap around the pipes and strangle them to break into the water source they crave.
Although some precautions can be made while planting trees and shrubbery away from pipelines, not all root intrusions are preventable. Root systems have great strength, capable of displacing cement sidewalks and easily breaking older clay pipe systems. Fixing pipes can be an expensive undertaking, but sometimes replacing lines with newer PVC pipes will result in fewer joints with better seals and therefore less of a chance for root intrusion.
The dry weather of Southern California increases the thirst of landscaping plants, but our Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers can help. At Jack Stephan Plumbing we have been dedicated to serving our residential and commercial customers since 1946. Our Orange County and Los Angeles plumbers know the threat root systems have on your water and sewer lines.
So, if a pipe stops flowing properly and you suspect root intrusion, no problem. We can have one of our highly skilled Orange County or Los Angeles plumbers out to your home or business in no time.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 1 (800) 464-7586.