How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

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

Check outside because you may be missing 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 constantly “seeking” and “reaching to” 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 fine, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the soil. When this takes place the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and possibly 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 think tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Stevenson Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Stevenson will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you decide the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Stevenson 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 needs at all, call Stevenson Service Experts 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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