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Are Tree Roots Invading Your Plumbing Pipes? How to Spot the Problem

  • By Neal Lund
  • 07 Apr, 2017

Tips on Spotting Potential Root Caused Plumbing Problems

Using trees within your landscaping plan is an ideal way to create shade and add visual interest to your outdoor spaces. However, when creating your landscaping plan, it is crucial to know where plumbing lines are located. Tree roots and drainage pipes do not mix well and could ultimately cause significant plumbing issues.

Gurgling fixtures
In the early stages of a sewer pipe clog, you might notice a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet. Additionally, drainage from your sink and tub might be slower than normal, or water might even back up into the tub or around your washing machine. These are all signs that something is not right beneath the surface of your plumbing.

Keeping the pipes clean
Even if you are on municipal sewer and water, you are most likely responsible for any issues to the pipes that lead from your home to the lines at the road. One way to ensure that there is not an issue with roots in these lateral connections is to have your sewer line cleaned by a specialist on a regular basis. You can also take measures to redirect growth away from your sewer and water lines by flushing copper sulfate down the toilet. While this is toxic to tree roots, it will not impact the entire tree as it only travels a short distance up the root to destroy the end portion.

Plumber vs. Sewer Specialist
It is important to know whether the plumber you are working with is able to handle sewer line issues. This is a specialized service which requires additional expertise. If you do start with a plumber, they might still refer you to a sewer line expert if it is determined that tree roots are the problem.

Diagnosis
Diagnosing a tree root problem requires the use of specialized camera equipment which is snaked through the pipes. This will help determine the severity of the issue and the next steps in taking care of the issue.

Are you concerned that roots might be invading your underground plumbing pipes? Call the experts at F.G. Lees & Son at 401-421-1358. Our family owned heating and plumbing business has over 180 years of combined experience servicing residents in Rhode Island. Contact our team today.
By Neal Lund 30 Aug, 2017
There are a few occasions, like a refreshing summer rainstorm, when the dripping sound of water is a welcome sound. But more often than not, if you hear water dripping excessively, particularly in your home, that is a noise that is not music to your ears. When you hear that unpleasant sound in your bathroom, one word immediately springs to mind: leak.

Bathroom leaks, at the very least, mean an inconvenience to the homeowner. At the most, a bathroom leak means a lengthy and expensive repair. While we at F.G. Lee & Sons are always a phone call away to examine and repair common bathroom leaks, there are simple signs that you can watch for to make sure these pesky bathroom leaks are quickly resolved.

Here are a few simple steps that can prevent future bathroom leaks or minimize their damage.

Learn to Recognize Signs for Damage
Has your water bill been unusually high lately? Have you seen water spots forming on the ceiling in your bathroom? Do you hear a noise that sounds like pipes banging together when you turn your shower off? These little clues may be signs to damage in your homes plumbing system.

If you are noticing any of these things, locate the source of the issue immediately before it becomes a greater (and more expensive) problem for you.

Pay Close Attention to your Bathroom Toilet
To prevent future leaks from forming around your toilet, examine the caulking around it and make sure it is properly sealed. If the caulking is doing what it is supposed to do, water won’t trickle down to the floor if the dreaded toilet overflow does occur.

Don’t Ignore the Bathtub and Shower
Frequently examine your bathtub and shower for signs of potential damage or vulnerable spots.


By Neal Lund 29 Jun, 2017
At one point or another, everyone will have to deal with a plumbing problem. While some plumbing issues may seem minor, always approach a do-it-yourself repair with caution. Simple problems, such as a leaky faucet or a slow-moving drain, can have a deeper source hidden beneath the surface. If you are unsure of the origin of the problem, or if simple repair efforts do not resolve the issue, it’s always best to call a professional plumber to avoid unintended damage to your plumbing system or home’s structure.
 
Why Call a Professional?

Plumbing problems, if left unchecked, can quickly run up a water bill, result in hidden water damage to floorboards, under sinks, and in walls, and even cause health problems through the spread of mold and bacteria. Putting off a plumbing repair, no matter how minor it seems, can end up costing more money on the back end as additional damage accumulates. Likewise, many pipes and plumbing finishes on sinks, faucets, and bathtubs systems have been unnecessarily damaged by botched home repairs.

Clogs and Leaks

While some repairs, such as a leaky faucet or slow drain, can be solved quickly and inexpensively on a do-it-yourself basis, if simply tightening a washer or using a storebought drain cleaner fails to work, avoid digging deeper into the problem yourself. Many modern faucets can be easily scratched with improper repair procedures, and trying to dislodge a deep clog within your plumbing could result in damage to the pipes.

Remodeling Projects

Anytime a remodeling project involves installation of new pipes or plumbing fixtures, it’s best to call a professional. Not only will you protect the structure and resale value of your home, your plumbing contractor can obtain all the necessary permits and make sure your project meets the building codes of your municipality.

Water Damage

Visible signs of water damage, such as water or mold stains on walls and ceilings, should always be handled by water restoration specialists. Mold, mildew, and other spores can present health hazards that licensed professionals have the equipment and training to handle. Because of the importance of achieving full resolution of the problem, as well as complete restoration of the damaged area, it’s best to leave this situation to the experts.

Frozen Pipes

Thawing of pipes needs to be handled carefully by professionals. Improper thawing can lead to cracked or burst pipes, doing more harm than good.  

No job is too big or too small for F. G. Lees & Son, who have been serving our Rhode Island area customers since 1889. Our experienced and licensed professionals specialize in handling both residential and commercial plumbing  emergencies 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. To learn more about us or schedule a free estimate, please visit our website  or call (401) 421-1358!
By Neal Lund 07 Apr, 2017
Using trees within your landscaping plan is an ideal way to create shade and add visual interest to your outdoor spaces. However, when creating your landscaping plan, it is crucial to know where plumbing lines are located. Tree roots and drainage pipes do not mix well and could ultimately cause significant plumbing issues.

Gurgling fixtures
In the early stages of a sewer pipe clog, you might notice a gurgling sound when you flush the toilet. Additionally, drainage from your sink and tub might be slower than normal, or water might even back up into the tub or around your washing machine. These are all signs that something is not right beneath the surface of your plumbing.

Keeping the pipes clean
Even if you are on municipal sewer and water, you are most likely responsible for any issues to the pipes that lead from your home to the lines at the road. One way to ensure that there is not an issue with roots in these lateral connections is to have your sewer line cleaned by a specialist on a regular basis. You can also take measures to redirect growth away from your sewer and water lines by flushing copper sulfate down the toilet. While this is toxic to tree roots, it will not impact the entire tree as it only travels a short distance up the root to destroy the end portion.

Plumber vs. Sewer Specialist
It is important to know whether the plumber you are working with is able to handle sewer line issues. This is a specialized service which requires additional expertise. If you do start with a plumber, they might still refer you to a sewer line expert if it is determined that tree roots are the problem.

Diagnosis
Diagnosing a tree root problem requires the use of specialized camera equipment which is snaked through the pipes. This will help determine the severity of the issue and the next steps in taking care of the issue.

Are you concerned that roots might be invading your underground plumbing pipes? Call the experts at F.G. Lees & Son at 401-421-1358. Our family owned heating and plumbing business has over 180 years of combined experience servicing residents in Rhode Island. Contact our team today.
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