3 Affordable Solutions To Tree Roots In Pipes

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We all need to do a bit of work with that trusty old plunger from time to time, usually to unclog a big lump of toilet paper or clear out accumulated grease and gunk from the drains and pipes. But did you know that tree roots are actually the number 1 cause of pipe, drain & sewer blockages all over Australia and the world? Today, we’re going to take a deep dive into how to spot trouble with tree roots in drains at your place – and what you can do to fix the problem.

First things first: why are roots in pipes such a big problem? The answer is very simple – your dark and moist plumbing pipes are extremely attractive for your thirsty tree roots. All they need is the tiniest of cracks, or a vulnerable pipe joint, and those tree roots will wiggle their way in and eventually cause such a dense and tangled mass that your pipes can back up terminally. Worse still, the blockage could worsen and worsen until the pipes themselves fail altogether.

What are the signs of tree roots in pipes?

The big question, of course, is what to look out for before those tree roots in drains become such a serious, disruptive and expensive problem. Keep your eye (and nose) out for:

  • Slow drains: If the waste in your sinks, drains & toilet is slow to drain away and the usual quick remedies for unblocking a drain aren’t helping, the problem could be further down the line.
  • Blocked/leaking pipes: And if that blockage is bad enough, it may already have caused a section of your plumbing pipe network to have completely collapsed.
  • Sinkholes: Is a spot on your lawn looking decidedly lower than usual? The tree root damage could be so severe that your foundations are also at risk.
  • Smells: If the blockage is in your sewer line, you don’t need us to tell you that your drains could really stink.

How to clear tree roots from drains

1. Mechanical
If the tree roots in sewer and drain pipes are not too inaccessible, a simple mechanical solution could be deployed. It will probably require a mechanical auger that can hack through the blockage – but bear in mind that you might simply be re-setting the clock on the same roots growing back.

2. Chemical
You can also buy a commercial drain killer, whose harsh chemical formulation is much more powerful than a natural hot water/vinegar/bi-carb brew for eating up a tree root blockage. The chemicals are then likely to seep into the root system and surrounding soil to prevent a follow-up recurrence.

3. Hydro
Ultra high pressure drain pipe jetting (think of your garden hose on steroids) is increasingly popular and incredibly effective at blasting through tree roots – or anything else that’s clogging up your drains.

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