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 oils down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything 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 point of the tree root is continuously “searching for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this occurs the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured 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 Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will review 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 removing the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, silver maples, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be swapped out every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, always plant trees away 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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 A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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