How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, bones, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be overlooking the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is always “seeking” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the dirt. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer system and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Edmonton.

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair experts at Rob's Albertan Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, oak, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, 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 far from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and prevent those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Rob's Albertan 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 Rob's Albertan Service Experts in Edmonton 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 working order.

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