How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this takes place the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually 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 expert in Austin.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is a problem with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Strand Brothers Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at Strand Brothers Service Experts 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 expert will go over all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Strand Brothers 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 problems at all, call Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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