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 put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching for” 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 fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this occurs the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially 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 verify 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 ash, oak, 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 eight 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 avoid damage and avoid 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 issues at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Shreveport 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 in tip-top shape.

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