How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and ensure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be ignoring the most destructive 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 constantly “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the soil. When this occurs the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Fort Myers.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will review 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 getting rid of 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 six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, remember to plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid 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 problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Fort Myers 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 tip-top shape.

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