How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this happens the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer lines and lower the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Pierre.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you believe there’s trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair technicians at Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert 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 removing the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. 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 damaging the sewer lines. Also, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 problems at all, call Peitz Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Pierre 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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