How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and make sure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to help stop a high-priced sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be ignoring the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the tip of the tree root is continuously “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this happens the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Girard.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

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

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or tuliptree, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be swapped out every seven 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 stop damage and stop those pesky (and often costly) 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 issues at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Girard and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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