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 flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, stringy vegetables, or oils down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to help stop a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire 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 drawn to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this happens the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will go over all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or sycamore, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Calgary 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 in tip-top shape.

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