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 obstruct your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, 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 avoid a costly 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 constantly “looking for” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the soil. When this occurs the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will discuss all of your options with you and help you determine the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or tuliptree, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and prevent those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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 in tip-top shape.

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