How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, bones, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is continuously “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the ground. When this happens the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is a problem with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will discuss all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid 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 Medina and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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