Date: 7/20/2017 2:50 PM EDT
So you think that you’re taking care of your septic tank and being a careful homeowner, doing all you know to do to maintain your property. Suddenly and without warning, everything comes crashing to a halt. But you don’t panic. Not you. Instead, you call your Septic Company.
The Septic Pumper guy opens your septic lid to investigate. You look in with him, because that’s you, and you can’t even see the liquid in the tank. Roots have invaded the entire tank and the inlet pipe. Roots are reaching out to the septic fields. Roots are everywhere.
How did this happen?
What does Herring do for this problem???
We advise you to move...maybe the next guy won’t know to get a Septic Inspection. Just kidding! Herring can handle this issue for you just like we would any septic issue you call us about.
So, what will Herring do to de-root your septic system? We get busy! We break out the saw-z-all, the hand saws and pruning shears. We pull out the loppers and bars. Herring starts pulling at those feisty roots, cutting as we go, to release the roots that are holding on for dear life. We pull and pull those bad boys out of the area so we can complete our work.
At this point we assess the job to see where we are. Typically, all that is left to do is pump your septic tank to get you flowing. Fixing the immediate problem is important and we know how, you, the homeowner would feel. You didn’t even know there was a problem and now you need to reach into your budget and spend money to have your tank pumped and deal with a costly, labor-intensive root removing service.
Here are some details about exactly what goes into a root removal job. As described above just simply cutting and removing the roots could solve the problem but in many cases more extensive examination is need.
Here are some things that you could be facing if you are having a root problem.
- The inlet pipe might be clogged completely and need replacing.
- The outlet pipe and maybe even the distribution box might need to be replaced, if roots have permeated these areas.
- As the roots are removed, parts of the tank like the baffles or even the side wall of the tank might come with the “hold on for dear life” roots. This would result in the need for a new septic tank to be installed.
- The worst-case scenario, which we definitely don’t wish on our customers, is that the entire septic fields are infiltrated with roots and need to be relocated and rebuilt or replaced.
How do you avoid having these root-related problems?
The obvious way is to not plant trees and bushes near your septic tank and system but sometimes this is out of your hands. You might have bought a home with landscaping in place that was not thought out properly. Some trees are invasive and will find their way to your septic lines.
To be proactive with trees near your septic system, make sure they are watered well and healthy so the roots do not seek out the wet, nutrient rich liquids that come through your septic system.
Make sure to tell your landscape company where your septic tank is before they begin your newly designed outdoor landscaping and living space.
Herring offers a landscape assessment option to be proactive about potential root issues. This could prevent very extensive and expensive repairs down the road.
In any case, Herring can help you deal with the root problems. Give us a call. 845-226-5405
Have you ever had a root issue in your septic system? We'd love to hear about it.