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, meat, or oils 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 destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the tip of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this happens the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Mobile.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Climate Control Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at Climate Control Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer line has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will go over all of your options with you and help you decide 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 cottonwood, sweetgum, or sycamore, may cause more trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees far 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 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 problems at all, call Climate Control Service Experts in Mobile and we are happy to come out 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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