How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, meat, or oils down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to avoid a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the point of the tree root is continuously “looking for” and “reaching toward” 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 invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this takes place the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Tempe.

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

Sewer line repair professionals 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 determined, our sewer line repair professional 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.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, oak, or sycamore, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, remember to plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent 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 invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Bob Brown Service Experts in Tempe and we are happy to visit 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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