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 clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, stringy vegetables, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be forgetting the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching toward” 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 strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the soil. When this takes place the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will discuss 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.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Comfortech 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 Comfortech Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Jackson and we are happy to come out 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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