How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and assure 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 eggshells, bones, or oils 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 help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be forgetting the most detrimental 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 always “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this takes place the initial damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Charlotte.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Komfort Air immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Komfort Air will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional 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 getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, oak, or tuliptree, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Komfort Air 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 problems at all, call Komfort Air in Charlotte 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 good to go.

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