How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything 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 through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is continuously “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the soil. When this takes place the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in the Wasatch Front region.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Barlow Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at Barlow Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician 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.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, locust, or sycamore, may cause more trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Barlow 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 problems at all, call Barlow Service Experts in the Wasatch Front region and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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