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 but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, 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 an expensive sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be overlooking the most damaging 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 that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this occurs the initial damage not only gets 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 expert in Windsor.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts right away.

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 confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will go over all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing 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 swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. 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 unsure 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 needs at all, call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts in Windsor and we are happy to come out 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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