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 obstruct your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases 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 want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this occurs the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, resulting in 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 an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company as soon as possible.

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

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, 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 replaced every seven 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 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 needs at all, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air, A Service Experts Company in San Antonio and we are happy to visit 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.

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