How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be overlooking the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Waldorf.

A sewer line repair will typically 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 getting into the pipe, call A-PLUS Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at A-PLUS Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, silver maples, or willow, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask A-PLUS 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 needs at all, call A-PLUS Service Experts in Waldorf and we are happy to come to your home 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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