Being a new homeowner is an exciting time, but there are things that you should know about the upkeep of your new home. A new home doesn't come with a manual, so it's a good idea to keep track of any maintenance that you need to do. You may also learn about things that you had no idea you needed to consider. One thing that you'll have to learn is about a rooting service.

What is a Rooting Service?

A rooting service is provided by a plumber. It involves the removal of roots that have grown into your pipes. Some plumbers will use a video camera to inspect the pipes and confirm that there are roots blocking them. A mechanical auger is used to cut and remove any roots that are in the pipes. Then, chemical agents are applied to kill the roots so that they do not grow back into your pipes. This chemical process doesn't hurt the pipes or the trees.

Are All Pipes Vulnerable to Roots?

Not all pipes can be damaged by tree roots. The problem occurs when moisture inside older pipes attracts roots, which find cracks and grow into them. Older pipes are made from an asphalt composite, cast iron, or clay tile. Joined plastic pipes, which are flexible and resistant to cracking, are often used to replace these older pipes because roots cannot grow into these pipes.

How Do I Know if There are Roots?

It's not difficult to determine that your pipes are likely blocked by tree roots. If you notice that your yard is spongy or unusually wet in areas where the pipes are, then you most likely have some kind of blockage. Patches of healthy grass and flowers that are unusually green can also signify a problem. Unusual odors, sluggish drains, and toilets that are slow to flush can also indicated that you have roots in your pipes. If using drain cleaners and a plunger doesn't help, then it's time to call a professional to come and check your pipes.

Can Roots be Prevented?

It's a good idea to have your pipes checked once a year—by a company such as Royal-T-Rooter Service—to make sure that roots are not causing a serious problem. If possible, try to plan any landscaping so that trees won't be near the pipes. It is important to remember that even if no trees are growing close to the pipes, their roots can stretch a long way, so your best prevention is an annual inspection.

These tips will help new homeowners keep their pipes in good condition.