How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would jam your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to avoid a high-priced sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the point of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this happens the first damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Levy & Son Service Experts as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Levy & Son will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will discuss all of your options with you and help you choose the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, locust, 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 seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and stop those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Levy & Son 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 Levy & Son Service Experts in Dallas 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 in tip-top shape.

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