How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be forgetting the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the point of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this takes place the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Naples.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or tuliptree, may cause more trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and prevent those pesky (and often expensive) 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 problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Naples and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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