How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be missing the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end of the tree root is continuously “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the earth. When this happens the original damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and decrease the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Oklahoma City.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair technicians at Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert 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.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, always plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Gordon's 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 issues at all, call Gordon's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Oklahoma City 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 working order.

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