How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, 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 high-priced sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be missing the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the tip of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching to” 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 fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this takes place the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Dayton.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Stevenson 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 problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will go over all of your options with you and help you decide the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or tuliptree, may cause more issues 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 becoming an issue. Also, always 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 Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing issues at all, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Dayton and we are happy to come to your home 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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