How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and ensure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or grease down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a high-priced sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be missing the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this happens the first damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Calverley Service Experts as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair technicians at Calverley Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will discuss all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Calverley 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 needs at all, call Calverley Service Experts in Fort Worth and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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