How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure 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 kitchen sink; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid 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 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.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only disturb leaking, broken, 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 seriously clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair experts at Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will go over 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 poplar, oak, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced 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 not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Eveready 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 problems at all, call Eveready Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Richmond and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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