How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, meat, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be forgetting the most destructive 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 always “searching for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this takes place the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Knoxville.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are growing into the pipe, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at R & M Climate Control Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer system has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will discuss all of your options with you and help you decide the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. 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, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask R & M Climate Control Service Experts 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 problems at all, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts in Knoxville 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 working order.

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