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, stringy vegetables, or oils down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to help stop a costly sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be missing the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is continuously “searching for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this happens the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, leaving you with overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair experts at Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you determine the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, always plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing issues at all, call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Hillsborough and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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