How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, bones, or oils down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be missing the most destructive 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 “searching for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this occurs the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Birmingham.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Norrell Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Norrell Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will discuss all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Norrell 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 Norrell Service Experts in Birmingham 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 working order.

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