How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to avoid a high-priced sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be forgetting the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip of the tree root is always “searching for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this occurs the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Mobile.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair experts at Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you decide the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, sweetgum, or sycamore, may cause more trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Mobile and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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