How Trees Can Destroy Your Home’s Sewer Line

You try to be careful and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, 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 a costly sewer line repair? 

Look outside because you may be forgetting the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots. 

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this occurs the original 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. 

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Philadelphia. 

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning as soon as possible. 

Sewer line repair technicians at Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will review all of your options with you and help you choose 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, locust, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. 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 damaging the sewer lines. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Stallion Heating and 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 Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning in Philadelphia and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.