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 clog your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, bones, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be forgetting the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Kingston.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that 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 pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will discuss all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be swapped out every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Kingston 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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