How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, stringy vegetables, or grease down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be missing the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the end 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 that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens the first damage not only becomes worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Hilton Head Island.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will go over all of your options with you and help you decide the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better option, 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, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Epperson 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 needs at all, call Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Hilton Head Island and we are happy to come out 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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