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How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and assure you avoid putting 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 garbage disposal; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

Go outside because you may be overlooking the most destructive problem of all: tree roots.

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

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

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

A sewer line repair will most likely 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 Heating & Air Conditioning 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 issue. Once the problem has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will go over 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 cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as ash, sweetgum, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, 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 far from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure 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 Heating & Air Conditioning in Oakville and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a total plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

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