How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be ignoring the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this takes place the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Memphis.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing 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 system has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair professional 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 getting rid of the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every six to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and often 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 invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Memphis 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 good to go.

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