How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t flush anything but toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop a high-priced sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be ignoring the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this happens the first damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Boise.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are moving into the pipe, call TML Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at TML 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 confirmed, 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.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, locust, or basswood, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask TML 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 TML Service Experts in Boise 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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