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    Large mass found in bottom drain pipe

    We noticed our pond waterfall flow was running slow, we suspected some kind of blockage and we were expecting an algae buildup, my husband ran a 20 foot snake thru the pipe and the waterflow did show some improvement but still not the way it should be. So he decided to go to bottom of pond and inspect, he removed the mushroom cover off the bottom drain, it was coated in what I believe was snail eggs. He felt down and saw there was something else down there, after pulling and tugging a 10 foot mass of entertwined roots came out. There are no trees growing around pond and we just don't know how this happened. The pond is approximately 3000 gallons, 5' deep, liner. Let me know your thoughts.
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    Not suprising , one tiny main root could have breakthro some cracks and grew to what you see. I have some potted plant's roots that outgrew the pot and end up dangling in water. Once reaching water the root will grow into many strands and into bigger sizes. They are in root heaven now.

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    Two thoughts: (1) Now you know how far tree and shrub roots will travel to find water, and once it is found, the roots proliferate to grab all the tree/shrub can use. (2) There was a leak, which may not have amounted to anything more than a few drops of water over the course of a day. The root found the bit of moisture and followed it to the source, entered the pipe through it and the results you've seen. That leak is probably a bit larger than it began due to the root expanding. You might not note any water loss, because it is still very small. You will have the roots come back. It may take a year or two to make an impact on water flow, but it will be back. What to do??? ... I'd do nothing until I noticed a water loss problem. I'm afraid that any true solution would end up involving a re-do of the pond, which is likely much worse than the problem.
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    Wow, that's impressive.

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    Dang, ain't seen anything near that size.

    reminds me of what I found when I replumbed the sewage from old terra cotta pipe to PVC.
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    Thanks Mike,
    Guess its wait and see but we will perform periodic inspections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cencalkoi View Post


    Let me know your thoughts.
    Looks like tree roots.

    You have a problem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cencalkoi View Post
    Thanks Mike,
    Guess its wait and see but we will perform periodic inspections.
    Agree with Mike, but add you could line your pipe with a flexible pipe or the heat treated liner which is the reverse to shrink fit.
    A local plumber will be able to do it for you.
    Might help if you water near by plants to stop them 'looking for water '
    Do like your fish is it an AI GOROMO ? Nice fish whatever !

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    I am impressed you were able to pull that out!

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