How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or grease 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 help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the point of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Champaign.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you believe there’s an issue with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair technicians at Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert 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.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, silver maples, or tuliptree, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every six 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 prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Champaign and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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