How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, meat, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters 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 ignoring the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip 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.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this takes place the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Elkhart.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer system has a tree root worry. 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 way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or willow, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. 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 not sure where your sewer lines are, ask BW/Cook 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 BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Elkhart and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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