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 obstruct your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or fats 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?

Go outside because you may be ignoring the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the point of the tree root is always “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

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

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) 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 Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair technicians at Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair technician will review all of your options with you and help you decide 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, oak, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to 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 not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 issues at all, call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Rochester and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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