How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure 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, bones, or grease down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be forgetting 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 continuously “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the soil. When this occurs the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can actually clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

So what do you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Edmonton.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are growing into the pipe, call McKinley Heating Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair experts at McKinley Heating Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will discuss all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, locust, or tuliptree, may cause more trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees far 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 McKinley Heating Service Experts 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 McKinley Heating Service Experts in Edmonton and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in working order.

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