How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is always “searching for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this takes place the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Gaithersburg.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you think there is a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Parker Pearce Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Parker Pearce will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or willow, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Parker Pearce to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Parker Pearce Service Experts in Gaithersburg and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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