How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent a high-priced sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be missing the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the point of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the ground. When this occurs the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Hurricane.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair experts at Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review 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 ash, oak, or tuliptree, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing issues at all, call Teays Valley Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Hurricane and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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