Caring for Your SoCal Trees During Rainy Weather

Tree in the rain and sun

We’ve seen a much-needed break in the rainy weather, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. In fact, more rainfall is predicted in the coming weeks, so this is an opportune time to take on some priority to-dos in and around your home. One area we highly recommend taking some precaution is with your trees. When it comes to high winds and excessive rain, your trees get hit hard. The recent drought conditions we’ve dealt with over the past few years haven’t helped matters either — the health of our trees have greatly suffered due to the dry weather, leaving them extremely brittle, lighter and much weaker than usual… from root to branch.

Roots

The roots of your trees are used to a gradual growth. However, even in normal weather conditions, tree roots can become invasive and wreak havoc on your home plumbing. This happens because the roots of your trees grow in search of moisture and nourishment. During the dry months when there is no moisture in the ground from normal rainfall, those roots will grow toward the nearest source of water, which could very well be the sewage pipes surrounding your home. These little invasive roots that have found their way into your pipes may seem harmless, but as the rainfall continues those roots are going to grow rapidly. This rapid growth of root within a pipe can cause a major blockage, which can lead to some serious plumbing issues in your home.

Our best recommendation is that if you have any surrounding trees, have your plumbing inspected for good measure. A good, reputable plumber can run a camera through your sewage system to determine if there are any potential issues. If they find a blockage, they can likely remedy the problem with a procedure called hydro-jetting. Hydro-jetting clears sludge, tree roots and other difficult obstructions. It is environmentally safe, economical and it solves the problem fast!

As a side note, roots should also be checked by an arborist to make sure the tree will hold steady in stormy conditions.

Branches and Debris

As mentioned above the overall health of our trees has been compromised with the recent drought here in Southern California, which means their branches have also taken a hit. They’re extremely weak, and thus prone to breaking quite easily during excessive rain and wind. A few small branches breaking here and there may seem like no big deal, but even the smaller ones can cause an issue if they fall on a car driving by. This would be another reason to call in an arborist (or landscaping tree specialist) to check the health of your trees overall. They can help you to determine which branches should go, and which should stay. Have your landscaper cut away any weak branches and clear out unnecessary debris. This can go a long way in keeping your home and neighborhood safe during a rainy winter storm.

If you live in North San Diego County and you’re in the market to have your plumbing inspected, give the North County Plumbing team a call. We specialize in hydro-jetting to keep pipelines running smoothly.

If you found this blog helpful, you may want to check out our post “El Niño and Your Plumbing: Info and Tips to Prepare.

North County Plumbing has been in the service business since 1970 providing quality plumbing services including leak detection and drain service in northern San Diego County. Our qualified technicians are available 24 hours a day to help with emergency plumbing repair services… with no overtime charges! If you found this blog helpful, you may want to check out our post on Home Plumbing Preventative Maintenance

Contact: 1330 N. Melrose Drive, Suite C, Vista, CA 92083 | (760) 735-4900 | (858) 484-4600

North County Plumbing has been in the service business since 1970 providing quality plumbing services including leak detection and drain service in northern San Diego County. Our qualified technicians are available 24 hours a day to help with emergency plumbing repair services… with no overtime charges! If you found this blog helpful, you may want to check out our post on Home Plumbing Preventative Maintenance

Contact: 1330 N. Melrose Drive, Suite C, Vista, CA 92083 | (760) 735-4900 | (858) 484-4600

 

 

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