How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, 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 help stop a costly sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be missing the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the tip of the tree root is always “seeking” 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 strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this occurs the first damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer system and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in La Porte.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a ruptured pipe, so if you think there is trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair experts at Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will discuss all of your options with you and help you decide 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 cottonwood, oak, or basswood, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees away 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 confident where your sewer lines are, ask Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc 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 Finch Air Conditioning & Heating Inc in La Porte 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 good to go.

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