How Trees Can Destroy Your Home’s Sewer Line

You try to be cautious and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent a high-priced sewer line repair? 

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

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

Usually, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the ground. When this happens the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building. 

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Philadelphia. 

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you think there is trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning as soon as possible. 

Sewer line repair experts at Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert 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. 

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be swapped out every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Stallion Heating and 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 Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning in Philadelphia 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 in tip-top shape.