How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be overlooking the most detrimental 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 constantly “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the dirt. When this occurs 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.

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

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

Sewer line repair professionals at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, silver maples, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid 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 invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Orlando 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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