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 plug your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or oils down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to help stop a costly sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be overlooking 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 toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the dirt. When this happens the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer lines 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 expert in Toronto.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you think 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 verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair technician will go over all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, 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, always plant trees away 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.

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