How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have strainers 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 missing the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is always “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this takes place the original damage does not only get 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 expert in Atlanta.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Peachtree Service Experts immediately.

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

Remember, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or willow, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Peachtree 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 issues at all, call Peachtree Service Experts in Atlanta 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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