The symbolism of roots – putting them down; using them to hold on – holds great meaning in metaphors and similes.

The reason for that is rooted in the literal – they are a great deterrent to erosion that could cause landslides or worse. They are virtually immovable, come what may.

However, there is at least one situation in which they can become a nuisance: when tree or bush roots, ever-pushing in search of water, slip through cracks or failing joints in a septic system, or get into the drainfield.

Routine septic system cleaning and maintenance is one of the best ways to prevent this from becoming an issue before it comes to a head.

If it gets past that point, mechanical and chemical removal are both options and can also work together in conjunction. Mechanical removal without chemical assistance may in some cases only encourage the roots to grow back stronger.

Replacing parts of the system, up to and including the drain line, may be the consequence of not keeping an eye on this or not properly eradicating it.

While there is little we can do to control root growth once it’s taken off, it’s best to avoid planting the likes of trees, shrubs or deep-rooting grasses anywhere close to the known location of elements of your septic system.

Call Little’s Septic to check and see if a potential root invasion is an issue with your system, and how to begin the process of fixing it, if so.