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How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and ensure you avoid 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, bones, or oils down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to avoid a costly sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be ignoring the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

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

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only occupy leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the ground. When this occurs the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and decrease the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

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

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and less expensive) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect a problem with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Hammond Home Services by Enercare as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair experts at Hammond will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the pipe has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair professional will discuss all of your options with you and help you determine the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just removing the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, locust, or basswood, may cause more problems because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be swapped out every eight to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and avoid those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Hammond to flag the path of the sewer pipes.

So if you think your tree roots have invaded your sewer line or you have any plumbing problems at all, call Hammond Home Services by Enercare in Kitchener 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 in working order.