How Trees Can Destroy Your Home's Sewer Line

June 08, 2016

You try to be vigilant and make sure you avoid putting anything down the drain that would obstruct your pipes. You don’t put anything down the toilet except toilet paper; you don’t put pasta, stringy vegetables, or fats down the garbage disposal; and you make sure to have strainers on all your drains. But have you covered all your bases in order to help stop an expensive sewer line repair?

Check outside because you may be overlooking the most detrimental problem of all: tree roots.

Trees desire nutrients and their roots are where they absorb nutrients through, so the tip of the tree root is continuously “looking for” and “reaching for” a source of moisture and nutrients and they are very attracted to a leaking sewer line that needs repair.

Most of time, tree roots will leave healthy, unbroken sewer lines alone. They usually only invade 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 actually clog the sewer pipes and reduce the water flow, resulting in overflows and even flooding your home or building.

But what can you do? Call a sewer line repair expert in Kitchener.

A sewer line repair will typically be easier (and cheaper) than a completely broken pipe, so if you think there is trouble with your sewer line, especially if you believe tree roots are getting into the pipe, call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts right away.

Sewer line repair professionals at Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts will use a sewer inspection camera to decide whether or not the sewer system has a tree root issue. Once the issue has been confirmed, our sewer line repair expert will review all of your options with you and help you choose the best plan, whether that’s a trenchless sewer line replacement or just cutting out the tree roots.

Note, faster growing trees, such as cottonwood, oak, or willow, may cause more trouble because they grow more quickly. Slower growing trees are a better choice, but they still need to be removed and another tree replanted every six to ten years to avoid their roots from damaging the sewer lines. Also, always plant trees a good distance from your sewer lines, that way you can help prevent damage and stop those pesky (and often expensive) sewer line repairs. If you’re unsure where your sewer lines are, ask Boehmers/Cronin Emery 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 Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts in Kitchener and we are happy to come to your home and see if you need a sewer line repair or do a full plumbing maintenance to make sure your pipes are in tip-top shape.

Contact Us