How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, meat, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is continuously “searching for” and “reaching toward” 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 fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this occurs the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Shreveport.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

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

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, oak, or tuliptree, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. 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 becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident 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 Shreveport 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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