How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent a high-priced sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be missing the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is always “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only disturb leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this takes place the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Columbus.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair experts at Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair technician will discuss 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 getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every six 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 avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Columbus and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

Contact Us