How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and ensure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is constantly “seeking” 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, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this happens the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, causing overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Jacksonville.

A sewer line repair will most likely 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 think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Air Engineers Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at Air Engineers Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will go over all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, sweetgum, or sycamore, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees far 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 confident where your sewer lines are, ask Air Engineers Service Experts 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 issues at all, call Air Engineers Service Experts in Jacksonville and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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