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 jam your pipes. You don’t place anything in the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put coffee grounds, meat, or grease down the garbage disposal; 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 how they get it, so the tip of the tree root is constantly “looking for” and “reaching toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are enticed by a leaking sewer line in need of repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only occupy leaking, split, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the earth. When this occurs the first damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, causing overflows and possibly flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will most likely be easier (and cost less) than a burst pipe, so if you believe there’s trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are growing into the pipe, call Stark Services immediately.

Sewer line repair technicians at Stark Services will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair technician will review all of your options with you and help you determine 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, silver maples, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better alternative, but they still need to be swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and avoid those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Stark Services 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 needs at all, call Stark Services in Haltom 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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