How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, 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 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 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 typically only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the soil. When this happens the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer system and decrease 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 Fort Wayne.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a burst 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 Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Rolf Griffin Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will go over 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 getting rid of the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. 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 causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Rolf Griffin 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 needs at all, call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Fort Wayne and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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