Managing Tree Root Intrusion: What You Need to Know (Part 2)


Welcome back to the second and final part of our tree root intrusion series. The hidden dangers of tree roots in drains was our focus in part 1. Additionally, we detailed the causes and signs of this costly and frustrating problem. In part 2 we focus on prevention. Therefore, we provide you with the information you need to protect your pipes.

Prevention and maintenance tips for managing tree root intrusion

Taking proactive measures to prevent tree root intrusion in drains is essential for maintaining the longevity and functionality of your pipes. Here are some prevention and maintenance tips to help you manage tree roots in drains:

  1. Plant trees away from drainage systems: When planting trees on your property, ensure they are located at a safe distance from sewer lines and drainage pipes. This will help prevent the roots from growing towards the pipes in search of moisture.
  2. Use root barriers: Installing root barriers around sewer lines can help prevent root intrusion. Roots cannot penetrate these barriers. As the are materials are too strong. Therefore, the barrier redirects the roots away from your pipes.
  3. Regularly inspect your drains: Conducting regular inspections of your drains can help you detect any early signs of root intrusion. Professional plumbers can use specialized equipment, such as drain cameras, to assess the condition of your pipes and identify any potential issues.
  4. Use root-killing products: There are various root-killing products available on the market that can help prevent root intrusion. These products contain chemicals that inhibit root growth without causing harm to the trees themselves.
  5. Consider pipe relining: If you have older, more vulnerable pipes, relining them with a durable material can help reinforce their strength and make them less susceptible to root intrusion.

How to remove tree roots from drains

If you have already experienced tree root intrusion in your drains, it’s important to take immediate action. In order to remove the roots and restore the functionality of your pipes. There are several methods for removing tree roots from drains. Depending on the severity of the intrusion.

  1. One common method is using a mechanical auger or a drain snake to physically break up and remove the roots from the pipes. However, this process requires periodic repeating. In order to ensure the roots do not regrow and cause further blockages.
  2. Using chemical treatments may kill the roots and prevent regrowth. These treatments typically involve pouring root-killing chemicals into the drains. Which then travel through the pipes and inhibit root growth. However, this solution may only be effective if the intrusion is in the early stages.
  3. In more severe cases, where the roots have caused significant damage to the pipes, a professional drain company may need to excavate the affected area. And replace the damaged sections of the pipe. This can be a costly and time-consuming process. However, it is necessary to restore the functionality of the drainage system.

Professional services for tree root removal and drain repair

In cases where tree root intrusion has caused extensive damage to your drains, we advise seeking the assistance of a professional drain company. One that specialises in tree root removal and drain repair. Such as Total Drain Cleaning. As professionals, we have the expertise and equipment necessary to effectively remove tree roots. Ultimately restoring the functionality of your drains.

Our services include drain cleaning, pipe relining, or even complete pipe replacement. Depending on the severity of the damage. Additionally, it’s important to choose a reputable company. Especially one with a track record of successfully dealing with tree root intrusion. In order to ensure the best possible outcome. And here at Total Drain Cleaning, we are that company!

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