How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be missing the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this takes place the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you think there is trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair experts at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will review 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.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent 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 come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Raleigh and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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