Tree Roots in Blocked Drain

Tree Roots in Blocked Drain

Tree roots are very opportunistic and sensitive. They’ll find their way to nutrition and water through several obstacles and can be very resilient. So, it’s not really a surprise that these roots get into your sewer lines and clog them. If you have a tree on your property that’s close to your sewer line, you can be sure that the roots would find their way towards it somehow. If they do, you should call us at SPS Plumbers. We’re experts at removing tree roots in blocked drain.

How Does The Tree Root Get Into the Drain?

A tree or a shrub will have two different kinds of roots; the permanent root and the temporary roots. The permanent root is the anchor that stabilizes the tree and holds it in place while the temporary roots absorb water and nutrition. These roots are opportunistic and if they find ample source of nutrition and water, will reach out towards it.  Here’s how they can get into your sewer:

  • The warm water and the waste in the sewer usually develop a vapour that tries to escape to the cooler soil that surrounds the line. This vapour won’t have any room to escape if there are no cracks or loose joints in the sewer system.
  • Unfortunately, if there are loose joints and cracks, the vapour will escape and the tree roots will sense the new source of nutrition immediately. They’ll grow towards the vapour to find the source.
  • Once the tree roots reach the pipe, the feelers will crawl over to it to find cracks and loose joints, and grow into it. It doesn’t matter if the crack is small and narrow, roots can get in.
  • Once they’re in the pipes, they’ll expand as they feed on the nutrition, water, and oxygen. This will widen the cracks.
  • If the problem isn’t addressed, these roots will continue to grow and form a net-like barrier in the sewer. This barrier will catch things like toilet paper, plastics, food particles, grease, etc, and create a large blockage in the sewer line that’ll choke your drainage system.

How do We Address the Problem?

Thankfully, we can treat tree roots in blocked drain and restore your sewage system to its former efficiency. If required, we will install a replacement line that’s more resistant to cracks and make sure that the joints are fixed tightly.

  • In case of stubborn blocks, our plumbers will use a root cutter to clear the roots from the system. This equipment is efficient enough to handle a tough cluster of roots easily.
  • However, if the problem isn’t resolved, we use the sewer camera to scan the entire system to find where the roots are.
  • Once we have a location, we can use hydro-jetting or physical removal techniques to clear the roots.

If you have any questions about our services for tree roots in blocked drain or want a free no-obligation quote, just get in touch with us at SPS Plumbers. Our number is 02 9002 7332 and our email is You can also fill in the contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.