How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and ensure 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 coffee grounds, stringy vegetables, or oils down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip of the tree root is continuously “searching for” and “reaching toward” 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, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only occupy leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the dirt. When this occurs the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can totally 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 Austin.

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

Sewer line repair technicians at Strand Brothers 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 move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, 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 away from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Strand Brothers to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing issues 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 total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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