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 but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be forgetting the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this happens the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair company in .

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call immediately.

Sewer line repair technicians at will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you determine the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, oak, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call in and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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