How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or oils down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Go 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 point of the tree root is always “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this takes place the first damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect an issue 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 experts at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, locust, or tuliptree, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid 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 come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Canada 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 working order.

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