How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be ignoring the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this happens the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in North America.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in North America and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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