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 put anything down the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, bones, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be forgetting the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip 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.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the ground. When this occurs the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Wheeling.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Comfort Masters Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair technicians at Comfort Masters will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will discuss all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be swapped out every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Comfort Masters 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 issues at all, call Comfort Masters Service Experts in Wheeling and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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