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 plug your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens 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 want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the dirt. When this takes place the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can seriously 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 expert in Miami.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is an issue 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 experts 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 review all of your options with you and help you decide 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 poplar, oak, 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 six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent 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 entered your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs 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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