How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, 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 high-priced sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be ignoring 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 always “searching for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this takes place the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Miami.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at 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 technician will go over all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, oak, or tuliptree, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every six 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 avoid those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 issues at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Miami 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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