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 place anything in the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or fats down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

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

Trees crave nutrients and their roots are through which they get nutrients, so the point of the tree root is always “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the ground. When this occurs the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair company in Louisville.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you believe there’s trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Becht/Givens Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Becht/Givens Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root problem. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you determine the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, locust, or basswood, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and avoid those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Becht/Givens 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 issues at all, call Becht/Givens Service Experts in Louisville and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a complete plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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