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 clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be ignoring the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this happens the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Orlando.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you believe there’s trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will review 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 cutting out the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, oak, or basswood, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. 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 damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask 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 needs at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Orlando 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 good to go.

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