How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure you don’t put anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or fats 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 costly sewer line repair?

Go 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 point of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave healthy, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this occurs the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Indianapolis.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you think there is trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Broad Ripple Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair professionals at Broad Ripple Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm 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 determine the best way to proceed, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. 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, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Broad Ripple Service Experts to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have come in contact with your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Broad Ripple Service Experts in Indianapolis and we are happy to visit 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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