How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop a costly sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be overlooking the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted 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 two feet 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, resulting in 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 ruptured pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Midland Air Service Experts as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Midland Air will use a sewer inspection camera to verify 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 issues because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better choice, 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 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 Midland Air Service Experts in Columbia and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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