How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, bones, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

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

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 ash, 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 replaced every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Comfort Masters 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 issues at all, call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 good to go.

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