How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have screens 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 destructive 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 continuously “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this happens the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will go over all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, locust, or sycamore, may cause more problems 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 becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 issues at all, call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Albany and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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