How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to prevent a high-priced sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be ignoring the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

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

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

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

Sewer line repair professionals at Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will review all of your options with you and help you determine the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Jack Nelson 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 Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Tulsa and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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