How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, meat, or fats 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?

Check outside because you may be forgetting the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the tip of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the ground. When this occurs the initial damage not only gets 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.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Salt Lake City.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you believe there’s an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair technicians at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you determine the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted 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 stop damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Service Experts 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 needs at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Salt Lake City and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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