How Trees Can Destroy Your Home’s Sewer Line

You try to be cautious and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair? 

Look outside because you may be overlooking the most damaging problem of all: tree roots. 

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the soil. When this takes place the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building. 

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Columbus. 

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a burst pipe, so if you think there is trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Stevenson Service Experts right away. 

Sewer line repair experts at Stevenson Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots. 

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be swapped out every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, always plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Stevenson 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 issues at all, call Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order. 

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