How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this occurs the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you believe there’s an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Pardee Service Experts right away.

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

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as ash, locust, or tuliptree, may cause more trouble 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 becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees far 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 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 in Charleston and we are happy to come out 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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