Tune-up Special

How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or grease down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Charleston.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair technicians at Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will go over all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, always plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 problems at all, call Pardee Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Charleston and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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