How Trees Can Destroy Your Home’s Sewer Line

You try to be cautious and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair? 

Check outside because you may be missing the most damaging problem of all: tree roots. 

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the dirt. When this happens the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building. 

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

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cheaper) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air immediately. 

Sewer line repair experts at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will discuss all of your options with you and help you decide the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots. 

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air to flag the path of the sewer pipes. 

So if you think your tree roots have invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs at all, call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air in San Antonio and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape. 

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