How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything but 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 thought of everything in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be forgetting the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire 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 drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, cracked, 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, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer system has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will discuss all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or basswood, 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, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 problems at all, call R & M Climate Control Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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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