How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be overlooking the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is continuously “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave strong, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this takes place the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that 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 sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will discuss 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 getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, locust, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and often 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 Livermore and we are happy to come to your home 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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