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How To Remove Tree Roots From Drain Pipes

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Tree roots in your drain pipes?

You’re not alone! Moisture-seeking tree roots are among the most common causes of drain pipe damage on Melbourne properties.

If you’re not sure of how to get rid of tree roots in pipes, this guide should be a big help.

When to remove tree roots

We all know that trees are beneficial for the environment, as well as valued landscape features in home gardens. Still, if a particular tree’s roots are growing into your drainpipe, you’re going to need to do something about it or face worsening consequences for your plumbing system.

While often a relatively simple procedure, removing a root from a pipe can sometimes be quite invasive. It should only be carried out if you know for sure that a tree is the culprit behind the problem. Once this is identified, it should be done promptly in order to minimise damage.

How to remove tree roots from drain pipes

Needless to say, removing tree roots from drain pipes is a job best left to the professionals. Knowing how to remove tree roots from sewer line pipes is just the beginning, as specialist equipment is usually needed.

The method used to clear them will depend on the extent of the damage, where it’s located on the property and if there’s another problem (such as a broken or displaced pipe) that’s allowed the intrusion to develop in the first place.

For this reason, drainage specialists will typically start with a CCTV drain camera inspection. This allows the cause of the problem to be correctly diagnosed, and the exact location identified, which in turn determines how the problem will be dealt with.

CCTV Camera Inspection

It may be possible to clear out minor root intrusions with a high pressure water jet.

This will also remove any debris that has attached itself to the roots and collected in the pipes. In other situations, a specialised root cutter will be required. This is a tool designed to fit inside a pipe and cut the roots away within its diameter.

In some cases, there may be nothing for it but to excavate the area. This may be necessary if the pipe has been badly damaged and relining is not suitable.

Call the experts

Got drain pipe problems? DrainPro has a team of qualified drainage plumbers to get to the ‘root’ of your problem efficiently, and provide the best solution for your individual situation. Speak to our team about tree root removal today – just call 1300 620 273 or fill in our online form.

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