Having beautiful big trees in the yard is something many people love. They provide shade and look great. Sometimes, however, we end up paying an unexpected price for them when their roots cause damage—as well as clog—in drains.

It is one of those things that we see all the time and, if not taken care of, can end up causing a lot of damage.

How Does It Happen?

It makes sense that tree roots are drawn to sources of water. But what you might not realise is that this includes the condensation that can happen on the outside of stormwater and sewerage pipes. Tree roots will then naturally break through the pipes and drainage, which for them are sources of water only.

The roots will then cause a slight blockage which traps debris as it flows through the pipe. It prompts clogged pipes and drains as a result. Over time, the pipe gets seriously damaged, and serious leaks can occur.

What Is the Solution?

Without doing a full inspection, it will be difficult to know if it is the roots that are causing the blockage. But the worst thing you can do is get a quick fix without really getting to the bottom of the cause.

Hydro jets are fantastic for clearing blockages. But they certainly would not be able to clear roots, and you will likely just end up in the exact same situation in the near future. So what should you do?

Ask your plumber to do a full investigation so you know exactly where you stand.

The inspection involves a simple camera which is mounted at the end of a long pole-like equipment called “snake”. The plumber will then insert the “snake” down and get real-time footage of what is happening inside your pipes.

How Does It Help?

It means your plumber can:

  • See the cause of the issue.
  • Identify exactly where on the line it is located.
  • Offer a suitable solution based on what they have seen.

If the pipe is badly damaged, your plumber might recommend replacing the pipe instead of fixing it. Pipe relining is also another option that they may suggest, depending on the extent of the damage.

In this task, you will see your plumber's good reputation and experience come into play.

What Can You Do to Prevent Damage?
  • If you are building or landscaping, consider talking to an arborist in the planning phase so you can discuss what trees are your best options and where you should place them to avoid potential damage.
  • If you find you notice a root problem, have a chat with a tree surgeon to see if there is anything they can do to stop the problem from getting worse.

If you discover root damage in your water system, let your plumber do the job right the first time rather than paying out time and again for quick fixes that never completely resolve the issue and are likely just delaying the inevitable.

If you think you may have damage caused by tree roots, get in touch with Level Plumbing Canberra today at (02) 6188 6088. We will schedule an inspection and assessment immediately.