How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, meat, or oils down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be overlooking the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is always “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Rochester.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a burst pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Strogen's Service Experts as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair technicians at Strogen's 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 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 removing the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or tuliptree, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Strogen's 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 Strogen's Service Experts in Rochester and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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