When you are looking at property to buy, one of the things you must consider is the waste water drainage system. If you are keen on having a septic tank system to serve your property, then you may need to bring in more professionals than just septic tank system installers.
Topping that list of other professionals you may need to hire are tree removal specialists. If you want a property with a septic tank system, you may need to consider removing some trees around that site. Here are a few questions to consider
1. How Deep and Aggressive Are Those Tree Roots?
Trees with shallow roots are usually not as problematic as their deep-rooted counterparts. Superficial or shallow root networks will not invade the piping on the septic tank system, which may be buried a little deeper in the soil. With deep and aggressive root networks, the roots would just need to grow or extend laterally to reach the pipes.
2. How Far Away Do the Trees Stand?
Tree removal may be an option to consider for deep-rooted trees that are too close to where the septic tank system sits. You may want to clear those trees with an aggressive root system that are within 20 feet of your septic tank system's piping network.
As a general rule in matters of proximity where a septic system is involved, the trees should be as far away from the system as their maximum height when fully mature.
3. Do the Trees Bear Fruit?
Trees standing too close to the system will take up what is available in the drain fields. If contaminants from the systems leak or slip through into the surrounding soil, then the surrounding trees will take in these contaminants. As a result, the fruit of these trees may become contaminated, making them very unsafe to consume.
Repairing the damage to a septic tank system resulting from root intrusion can be quite expensive. It is also always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the health risks that are associated with consuming fruit that may turn out to be contaminated.
While there are other options, such as installing tree barriers, that you may explore, tree removal might be the way to go. With the problematic trees out of the way, you can look forward to a fully functional septic tank system that will last a long time.