How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip of the tree root is always “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the soil. When this takes place the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes 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 Belleville.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are growing into the pipe, call D & K Heating Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at D & K Heating Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer line has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will discuss all of your options with you and help you determine 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 willow, may cause more issues because they grow faster. 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 becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask D & K Heating 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 issues at all, call D & K Heating Service Experts in Belleville 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 good to go.

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