How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and make sure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or grease 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 a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the soil. When this occurs the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Buffalo.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you believe there’s trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Sunbeam Service Experts as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Sunbeam Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review 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 removing the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Sunbeam Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing issues at all, call Sunbeam Service Experts in Buffalo 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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