How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be cautious and assure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, bones, or fats down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop a high-priced sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be forgetting the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the soil. When this takes place the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can seriously clog the sewer system and lower 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 Salt Lake City.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and cheaper) 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 Mountainwest Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair technicians at Mountainwest Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to verify whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the problem has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review 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 removing the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more trouble because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every seven 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 prevent damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Mountainwest Service Experts 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 problems at all, call Mountainwest Service Experts in Salt Lake City 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 in tip-top shape.

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