How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t flush anything 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 help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be ignoring the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the tip of the tree root is continuously “searching for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave strong, undamaged sewer lines alone. They normally only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the dirt. When this occurs the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Grand Island.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) than a burst 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 McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert will go over 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, oak, or tuliptree, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be swapped out every six to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask McElroy 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 McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning in Grand Island and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a seasonal plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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