How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or grease down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases 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 point of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Fort Lauderdale.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cheaper) 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 immediately.

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

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, silver maples, or tuliptree, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. 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 not sure 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 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 good to go.

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