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 plug your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or grease down the kitchen sink; 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?

Look outside because you may be overlooking the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is continuously “searching for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the ground. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or tuliptree, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure 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 issues at all, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Fort Lauderdale and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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