How Trees Can Destroy Your Home’s Sewer Line

You try to be careful and assure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent a high-priced sewer line repair? 

Check outside because you may be forgetting the most damaging problem of all: tree roots. 

Trees want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is constantly “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 strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this occurs the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, leaving you with overflows and even flooding your home or building. 

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Stevenson Service Experts as soon as possible. 

Sewer line repair experts at Stevenson 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 technician will review 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. 

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you 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 confident where your sewer lines are, ask Stevenson 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 Stevenson Service Experts in Columbus 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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