How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, stringy vegetables, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to help stop a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the ground. When this occurs the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing 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 issue has been confirmed, 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.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, locust, 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 six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure 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 Cocoa and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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