How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or oils 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 overlooking the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave 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 enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave strong, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens the first damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

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 problem. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair technician 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 cutting out the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent 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 come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Alliance 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 good to go.