How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be careful and assure you don’t put anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet but toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, bones, or grease down the sink in the kitchen; and you make sure to have screens on all your drains. But have you thought of everything in order to prevent a costly sewer line repair?

Look outside because you may be forgetting the most damaging problem of all: tree roots.

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

Most of time, tree roots will leave fine, intact sewer lines alone. They normally only disturb leaking, cracked, or damaged lines buried within the top two feet of the ground. When this occurs the initial damage not only gets worse, the tree roots can totally clog the sewer lines and reduce the water flow, leaving you with overflows and potentially flooding your home or building.

But what should you do? Call a sewer line repair professional in Winnipeg.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cost less) than a ruptured pipe, so if you suspect trouble with your sewer line, especially if you feel that tree roots are moving into the pipe, call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts as soon as possible.

Sewer line repair professionals at Winnipeg Supply Service Experts 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 technician 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 getting rid of the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as poplar, silver maples, or tuliptree, may cause more issues because they grow faster. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be replaced every seven to ten years to avoid their roots from causing a problem. Also, make sure you plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help avoid damage and stop those pesky (and often costly) sewer line repairs. If you’re not confident where your sewer lines are, ask Winnipeg Supply 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 needs at all, call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts in Winnipeg and we are happy to come out and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are good to go.

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