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 plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or oils 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 avoid a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the point of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this takes place the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, leaving you with overflows and even flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair technicians at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer system has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will discuss 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.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be swapped out every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have entered your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Roanoke and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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