How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be overlooking the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the tip of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this happens the first damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Gainesville.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect 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 professionals at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will go over all of your options with you and help you determine the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, silver maples, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and often 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 come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Gainesville and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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