How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or fats 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 prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be forgetting the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the tip of the tree root is continuously “searching for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the dirt. When this takes place the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will most likely 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 Coastal Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair technicians at Coastal Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will discuss all of your options with you and help you determine the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, silver maples, or willow, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. 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 stop damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Coastal 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 problems at all, call Coastal Service Experts in Savannah and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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