How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or fats down the kitchen sink; 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 missing the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip of the tree root is constantly “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 fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will most likely 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 immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Roland J. Down Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional 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 removing 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 choice, 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 avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Roland J. Down 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 issues at all, call Roland J. Down Service Experts in Albany and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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