How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to help stop a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is always “searching 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 occurs the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Donelson Air Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Donelson Air Service Experts 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 go over 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 poplar, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, 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 away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Donelson Air Service Experts 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 Donelson Air Service Experts in Nashville and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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