How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you don’t put 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, meat, 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 avoid an expensive 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 constantly “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the soil. When this occurs the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair company in the Niagara Region.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect 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 verify whether or not the sewer line has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will discuss all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Keep in mind, 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 swapped out every seven 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 prevent damage and stop those pesky (and often 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 the Niagara Region and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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