How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the tip of the tree root is always “searching for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this occurs the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and lower 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 Toronto.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a ruptured pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Service Experts Commercial HVAC immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Service Experts Commercial HVAC will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will review all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or tuliptree, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Service Experts Commercial HVAC 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 Service Experts Commercial HVAC in Toronto 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 good to go.