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 except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the point of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching for” 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, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the dirt. When this occurs the first damage does not only get 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 most likely 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 right away.

Sewer line repair experts at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe 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.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as ash, silver maples, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. 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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