How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and assure 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 pasta, meat, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is continuously “searching for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this takes place the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Phoenix.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Bob Brown Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Bob Brown Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. 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 getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be swapped out every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, always 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 not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Bob Brown 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 problems at all, call Bob Brown Service Experts in Phoenix 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 working order.

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