How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and assure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the dirt. When this happens the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in West Palm Beach.

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 making their way 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 line has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, oak, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid 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 West Palm Beach 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 working order.

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