How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

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

Check outside because you may be forgetting the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

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

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the ground. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer system and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair technicians at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will discuss all of your options with you and help you determine the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, oak, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and often 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 entered your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Longmont 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 in tip-top shape.

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