How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you keep from 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 grease down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases 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 how they get it, so the point of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and lower 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 Ravenna.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will review 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 cutting out the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. 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, make sure you plant trees away 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 invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ravenna 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 in working order.

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