How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be overlooking the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the ground. When this occurs the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Voorhees.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair experts at Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will discuss all of your options with you and help you determine the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more issues because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 issues at all, call Atmostemp Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Voorhees 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 tip-top shape.

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