How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, 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 avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be overlooking 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 always “seeking” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this takes place the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you think there is a problem with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair technician will go over all of your options with you and help you decide the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, locust, or sycamore, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be swapped out every seven 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 avoid damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure 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 problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Ocala 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 good to go.

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