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How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be wary and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, bones, or grease down the kitchen sink; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be ignoring the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

Trees want nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the end of the tree root is constantly “searching for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They typically only occupy leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this takes place the first damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and lower the water flow, causing overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Oakville.

A sewer line repair will usually be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Abbey Air Service Experts as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Abbey Air Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer system has a tree root problem. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will go over 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.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more issues because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, remember to plant trees away from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not sure where your sewer lines are, ask Abbey Air 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 issues at all, call Abbey Air Service Experts in Oakville and we are happy to visit and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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