How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and assure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this occurs the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Richmond.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Eveready Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Eveready will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will review all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, oak, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Eveready 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 problems at all, call Eveready Service Experts in Richmond and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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