How Trees Can Destroy Your Home’s Sewer Line

You try to be cautious and ensure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or oils 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 a costly sewer line repair? 

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching toward” 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 strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the dirt. When this occurs the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building. 

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

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Midway Services immediately. 

Sewer line repair professionals at Midway Services will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair expert 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 cottonwood, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Midway Services 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 Midway Services in Clearwater and we are happy to visit 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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