How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and ensure you don’t put 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 prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be ignoring the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the point of the tree root is always “seeking” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, 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 occurs the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer system and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will usually 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 growing into the pipe, call Rob's Albertan Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at Rob's Albertan will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will review 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.

Keep in mind, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or sycamore, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Rob's Albertan 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 visit 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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