How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and make sure you don’t put 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, stringy vegetables, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the tip of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching for” 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 healthy, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this takes place the original 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.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) 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 right away.

Sewer line repair experts at BW/Cook will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer system has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, 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.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees away 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 to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have entered your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call BW/Cook Service Experts in Elkhart 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 working order.

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