How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or oils down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the tip of the tree root is continuously “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only occupy leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the dirt. When this happens the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Austin.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Strand Brothers Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Strand Brothers Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair technician will discuss 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 poplar, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes 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 needs at all, call Strand Brothers Service Experts in Austin and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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