How Trees Can Destroy Your Home’s Sewer Line Published on June 08, 2016 You try to be vigilant and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would clog your pipes. You don’t flush anything besides toilet paper; you don’t put eggshells, bones, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have filters on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent an expensive sewer line repair? Look outside because you may be overlooking 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 toward” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that requires repair. Usually, tree roots will leave strong, unbroken sewer lines alone. They normally only occupy leaking, broken, or damaged lines buried within the top 24 inches of the soil. When this happens the original damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can completely clog the sewer pipes and reduce 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 cheaper) than a burst pipe, so if you suspect an issue with your sewer line, especially if you think tree roots are making their way into the pipe, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating as soon as possible. Sewer line repair professionals at Hammond Plumbing will use a sewer inspection camera to confirm whether or not the sewer line has a tree root worry. Once the issue has been determined, our sewer line repair expert 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 tuliptree, may cause more problems because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better option, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from becoming an issue. Also, make sure you plant trees far from your sewer lines, that way you can help stop damage and prevent those pesky (and sometimes costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Hammond Plumbing 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 problems at all, call Hammond Plumbing & Heating 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.