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 obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or grease down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the point of the tree root is always “searching for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the soil. When this takes place the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair professional 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 Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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, oak, 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 causing a problem. Also, always plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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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