How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent a high-priced sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be forgetting the most damaging 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 always “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the dirt. When this occurs the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Houston.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Church Services as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Church Services will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will go over all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, locust, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Church Services 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 Church Services in Houston and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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