Maximize Space in Your Custom Built Home

Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.

Damage Control: Preventing Your Tree's Roots From Damaging Sewer Lines

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Trees are one of the greatest threats to your sewer line. Tree roots have a special ability to seek and find water and nutrients in the ground, which can lead tree roots straight to your sewer. Strong, aggressive roots have been known to wrap around and penetrate sewer lines from great distances. Once tree roots begin to grow in the sewer, the results are leaks, clogs, backups, and expensive sewer repair. These tips will help you protect your sewers from tree root invasion. 

Locate Your Home's Sewer Lines

Contact your local zoning and building office to check for records of your sewer line. Knowing where the sewer lines are can help you determine which existing trees might become a problem, and where future trees should not be planted. 

Plant Trees at Safe Distances

Many trees have roots that extend out from the base of the trunk in a flat pancake shape. The roots of many trees stop just beneath the drip line of the canopy, which means that trees should not be planted any closer to the sewer than their anticipated canopy radius. Some trees, however, have roots that grow far beyond the drip line. Before planting any trees on your property, research the growth habit of that tree's root system and plant accordingly.  

Avoid Trees with Fast-Growing, Aggressive Roots

Some trees just don't belong anywhere near houses. These trees are known to have aggressive, fast-growing, problematic roots, and should not be planted anywhere near a sewer line:

  • Poplars
  • Willows
  • Birch
  • Sycamore
  • Elm
  • Ash

Use Chemical Barriers and Treatments

Chemical sewer treatments can eat through roots penetrating the walls of the sewer, which helps to keep the inside of the sewer free from clogs. Chemical barriers are a little different. Applied to the ground around the sewer, these slow-release chemical agents can prohibit the growth of tree roots in the vicinity of the sewer line. 

In addition, physical barriers can also protect your sewer lines from thirsty tree roots. These metal barriers can be placed beneath and to the side of the sewer pipe to prevent tree root penetration, however, installation of such a barrier can be costly. A better solution is to avoid the placement of trees close to the sewer line.

For more tips and advice, contact a plumber who specializes in sewer line repair, like Drain-O-Rooter. He or she will be able to tell you whether or not your sewer is in distress and how to solve the problem.   

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25 July 2015