How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to help stop a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the point of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only occupy leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this takes place the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Columbia.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a burst pipe, so if you think there is trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will review all of your options with you and help you determine the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, silver maples, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every six 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 prevent damage and stop those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 needs at all, call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Columbia 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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