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 except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent a high-priced sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be ignoring the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this takes place the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Denver.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a ruptured pipe, so if you believe there’s 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 experts at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair technician will go over all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, silver maples, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. 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, make sure you plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Denver 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 in tip-top shape.

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