How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

Look 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 point of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer system and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Rolf Griffin will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional 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 cottonwood, oak, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Rolf Griffin 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 needs at all, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts in Fort Wayne and we are happy to come out 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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