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Tree Roots Blocking Your Drain?


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Whilst trees have countless benefits for the environment, they are unfortunately the number one cause of underground pipe dislodgements, damage, deterioration and blockage in Melbourne homes.

If tree roots are blocking your drains, do not delay getting it fixed early. Early root removals are less time consuming and expensive than the excavation methods needed when the problem gets out of hand.

How to know if roots are blocking your drain

It pays to be aware of your plumbing. If you have noticed any of the following, it may be a sign that your drainage system has been infiltrated by pesky tree roots:

  • Your drains are running slower 
  • Gurgling noises coming from the sink or toilet
  • Continual clogging
  • Water backing up in the bathtub or washing machine

As a homeowner, it is vital to confront the issue. If left untouched, symptoms such as these will cause future issues, where an expensive overhaul of your drains will be necessary.

Tree roots blocking drainsWhy tree roots block sewers

Trees thrive in soil, which is usually a warm and moist environment. Unfortunately for us, pipes and drains create the exact environment that trees find favourable.

Pipes attract trees through the warm running water that flows through them. The vapour produced by the running water acts as a guide for the root to grow towards, until it manages to infiltrate your pipes.

If your pipe has any small cracks or breaks, this process is made quicker and easier for the roots.

Once inside, the tree is exposed to the necessary nutrients, water and oxygen it needs to thrive. The roots spread and grow quickly until the entire pipe is blocked.

Long term complications

Once your pipes have been invaded by tree roots, these roots will begin to catch debris such as grit, tissue, fat, oil and grease. Once this happens, it’s only a matter of time before the pipe is completely blocked. Once clogged by roots, your drainage system will become blocked and not function correctly.

Any waste sent down your drains will be unable to travel to the main sewer line, and remain in your pipes until it comes back up into your home.

This poses a significant risk for flooding, property damage and health risks.

Repairing your drains is pivotal, as once the roots have found their way in, they are certain to find their way back. It is extremely costly to have entire sections of your pipes replaced, so make sure you get it fixed early.

Tree root removal Drains

Professional and safe tree root removal

If you suspect that you may have tree roots in your pipes, Drainpro are the experts you need.

With a proven track record spanning over 25 years in drain repair, no root issue is too complex for our dedicated team. We believe in prevention, and have the expertise to keep your pipes flowing.

We use a number of methods to remove the ‘root’ of the problem, including:

  • Drain Camera Inspection: non-invasive drain inspectors
  • Jet Blasters: high-pressure water system to flush away debris
  • Root Cutters: remove roots from pipes

Our extensive training and high standard of service means we guarantee tree root removal every single time.

If you’re experiencing problems with your drains, get in contact with our friendly team today.
Call us on 1300 620 273 or fill out an instant online enquiry and we will be in contact shortly.

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