How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, meat, or oils 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 an expensive sewer line repair?

Go 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 “searching for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Typically, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, cracked, 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 completely clog the sewer lines 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 company in Louisville.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cost less) than a burst 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 immediately.

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 determined, our sewer line repair professional will go over 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 ash, locust, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, remember to plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and prevent 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 invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing needs 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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