How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and assure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be ignoring the most damaging 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 “searching for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the ground. When this takes place the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer lines 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 expert in Charlotte.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are growing 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 decide whether or not the sewer line 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 choose the best way to proceed, 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 sycamore, may cause more issues because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and stop 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 invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Charlotte and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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