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 but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, stringy vegetables, 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 where they absorb nutrients through, 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, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the ground. When this takes place the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, resulting in 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 believe tree roots are making their way 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 confirm 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 proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and often 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 needs at all, call D & K Heating Service Experts in Belleville and we are happy to visit 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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