How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to avoid a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the tip of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the soil. When this happens the first damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Saint Charles.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Golden Seal Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Golden Seal Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will go over all of your options with you and help you determine the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, always plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Golden Seal Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs at all, call Golden Seal Service Experts in Saint Charles and we are happy to visit 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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