How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct 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 screens 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 where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this happens the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, causing 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 making their way into the pipe, call Chief/Bauer Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Chief/Bauer Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will review 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, oak, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be swapped out every six to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Chief/Bauer Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have entered your sewer line or you have any plumbing issues at all, call Chief/Bauer Service Experts 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 in tip-top shape.

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