How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this occurs the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer system and lower the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Concord.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Freschi Service Experts as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair experts at Freschi Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will discuss all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or willow, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every six to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Freschi 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 needs at all, call Freschi Service Experts in Concord and we are happy to come out 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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