How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid 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 continuously “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the ground. When this happens the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer pipes 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 believe tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Teays Valley Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair experts at Teays Valley Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert 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 poplar, silver maples, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, 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 away from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and prevent those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Teays Valley 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 Teays Valley Service Experts in Hurricane and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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