How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and make sure you don’t put anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything except toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be forgetting the most destructive 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 for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are drawn to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only disturb leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens 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 possibly 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 think there is an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are making their way 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 sewer line has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional 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 cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, locust, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, always 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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