How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but 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 thought of everything in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

Go 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 continuously “seeking” 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, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this happens the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, resulting in 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 usually be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect 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 experts 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 determined, our sewer line repair professional will review all of your options with you and help you choose 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 trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and often 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 come out 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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