How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and ensure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to help stop a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the tip of the tree root is always “seeking” and “reaching toward” 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 strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this occurs the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Provo.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will go over all of your options with you and help you determine the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, silver maples, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and often costly) 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 issues at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Provo and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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