How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or oils 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 overlooking the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, 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 in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this takes place the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and decrease 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 cheaper) 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 professionals at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. 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 poplar, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. 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, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent 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 entered your sewer line or you have any plumbing issues at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Memphis and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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