How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet except 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 drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the dirt. When this happens the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially 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 growing into the pipe, call Peitz Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Peitz will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, 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 seven to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, always plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Peitz 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 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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