How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and make sure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet besides toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, stringy vegetables, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you done absolutely everything in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be forgetting the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are how they get it, so the end of the tree root is constantly “seeking” and “reaching to” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair.

Usually, tree roots will leave fine, unbroken sewer lines alone. They typically only invade leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the dirt. When this happens the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are growing into the pipe, call A1 Chesney Service Experts immediately.

Sewer line repair experts at A1 Chesney Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair professional will review all of your options with you and help you decide the best way to move forward, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just getting rid of the tree roots.

Remember, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or basswood, may cause more issues because they grow more rapidly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every six to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, remember to plant trees away 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 confident where your sewer lines are, ask A1 Chesney 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 problems at all, call A1 Chesney Service Experts in Calgary and we are happy to visit 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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