How Trees Can Destroy Your Home’s Sewer Line

You try to be careful and assure you keep from putting anything down the drain that would plug your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or oils down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair? 

Check outside because you may be overlooking the most damaging 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 continuously “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 healthy, intact sewer lines alone. They usually only invade leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top couple feet of the earth. When this occurs the initial damage does not only get worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, leaving you with overflows and possibly flooding your home or building. 

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Philadelphia. 

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and less expensive) than a completely broken pipe, so if you believe there’s a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning as soon as possible. 

Sewer line repair professionals at Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert 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. 

Remember, faster growing trees, such as poplar, oak, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow faster. 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 becoming an issue. Also, remember to plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and stop those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning 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 Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning in Philadelphia 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 in tip-top shape. 

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