How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and ensure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or grease down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be overlooking the most destructive 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 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.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this happens the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Windsor.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, 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 cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better option, 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 avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have entered your sewer line or you have any plumbing issues at all, call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts in Windsor 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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