Aside from internal threats like corrosion or blockage, the biggest plumbing threats to your sewer line are environmental. Tree roots can grow right into and through a sewer line, causing blockage and leaks. Intense cold can cause the water inside sewer lines to freeze and subsequently expand, bursting the pipes.
Tree roots tend to grow toward sewer lines, because sewer lines often have tiny cracks or pinpoint size holes that release small amounts of water. The tiny cracks or holes aren’t of any concern alone, but when tree roots angle toward them hoping to find a source of water, you can have real problems. You probably won’t know you have an issue with tree roots growing into your sewer line until you have a major back up or your water bill becomes exceedingly high.
Once the roots have entered the sewer line, there are few options. In many cases, only a small portion of the sewer line will be replaced and built with plastic root guards that don’t release water into the ground. If problems persist, however, removing the tree may be the only option. Talk to your plumber about which option is best for your home.
Frozen water pipes can be even more dangerous than tree roots growing through the sewer line. A frozen sewer line isn’t extremely common since most pipes are installed below the frost line. However, pipes built above the frost line are in danger of freezing every winter. When the water inside a sewer line freezes, it expands. This can cause the line to rupture. As the ground warms, the water melts and soon your house will be flooded. There’s only one fix for a burst pipe and that’s a replacement sewer line.
If you’re facing environmental threats to your sewer line, call (571) 451-2971 to speak to the sewer and drain cleaning specialists at All Plumbing, Inc . We offer drain cleaning, hydrojetting, and general plumbing services to the residents of Arlington.