How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, stringy vegetables, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters 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 continuously “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn 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 two feet of the ground. 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 potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Jack Nelson Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at Jack Nelson Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair expert 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, oak, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. 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 a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Jack Nelson Service Experts 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 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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