How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and ensure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, 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 pipes and lower the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in San Antonio.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Aramendia Plumbing will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will go over all of your options with you and help you determine the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, oak, or sycamore, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Aramendia Plumbing 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 Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air in San Antonio and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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