How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or fats 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 avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the tip of the tree root is continuously “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this takes place the original damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in West Chester.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root problem. 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 plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, oak, or sycamore, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Wesley Wood 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 needs at all, call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in West Chester 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 in tip-top shape.

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