How Trees Can Destroy Your Home’s Sewer Line

You try to be wary and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or fats 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? 

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the point of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, causing overflows and potentially flooding your home or building. 

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Stevenson Service Experts as soon as possible. 

Sewer line repair technicians at Stevenson Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer system has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will go over all of your options with you and help you determine the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots. 

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Stevenson Service Experts 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 Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus 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 working order. 

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