How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and make sure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens 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 missing the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the tip of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this occurs the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you believe there’s trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair experts at D.A. Bennett Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair technician will go over 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 getting rid of the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as ash, locust, or willow, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask D.A. Bennett 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 needs at all, call D.A. Bennett Service Experts in Albany and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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