How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

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

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

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the soil. When this takes place the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you believe there’s an issue with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are getting into the pipe, call San Antonio Air Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at San Antonio Air Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will discuss 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.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as ash, locust, or sycamore, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees a good distance 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 sure where your sewer lines are, ask San Antonio Air Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have entered your sewer line or you have any plumbing issues at all, call San Antonio Air Service Experts in San Antonio and we are happy to visit 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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