How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, stringy vegetables, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

Check 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 point of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the soil. When this happens the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Niagara Falls.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect 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 professionals at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will discuss all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every eight 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 stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident 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 come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Niagara Falls and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

Contact Us