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 flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or fats 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 prevent a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this takes place the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely 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 expert in Livermore.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting 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 confirm whether or not the pipe 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 move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure 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 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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