How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be missing the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the ground. When this occurs the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer system and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

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

Sewer line repair experts at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will review all of your options with you and help you decide the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, 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 six to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and often 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 problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Houston and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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