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Blocked Drains Caused by Tree Roots, Fountain St, Alexandria NSW

What The Client Was After

The client was facing a critical issue with their toilet and sinks not draining effectively, and required immediate attention to resolve the problem.

What Work Was Completed

Upon arriving at the job site, it was immediately apparent that there was a significant issue within the sewer system. Our team quickly got to work, donning overalls and getting under the house to investigate the plumbing connected to the toilet. 

It was soon discovered that the pipework was severely impacted by tree roots from the trees on the property. We promptly removed the affected pipework, replaced it with a new section, and utilised CCTV technology to thoroughly inspect the rest of the system to ensure it was in good working order. 

Our prompt action and expert solution ensured the client’s plumbing needs were met and their property was protected from further damage.

How Tree Roots Can Wreak Havoc on Your Drainage System & Pipes 

Tree roots can wreak havoc on your drainage system and pipes as they are naturally attracted to the moisture and nutrients found in these systems. As the roots of trees grow, they can penetrate and damage pipes, causing leaks, blockages, and even complete pipe collapses. 

When roots infiltrate a pipe, they can cause it to bend and warp, creating breaks and cracks in the pipe. This can lead to water leaks, which can cause damage to the surrounding area and even lead to mould growth. 

Tree roots can also block or slow the flow of water through the drainage system, resulting in clogged pipes and slow drains. This can lead to water backup and flooding, which can cause damage to your property and create a breeding ground for pests and mould.

To prevent these problems, it’s important to have regular maintenance and inspections done on your drainage system and pipes and to address any issues with tree roots as soon as they are discovered.

How can I prevent my drains from becoming blocked by tree roots?


      1. Regularly have your drainage system inspected by a professional plumber to identify any potential issues with tree roots.

      1. Use a root-inhibiting product that creates a barrier around your pipes to prevent tree roots from infiltrating them.

      1. Cut down any trees or shrubs that are located close to your sewer lines to prevent their roots from reaching the pipes.

      1. Use a CCTV camera to inspect the inside of your pipes and identify any areas that may be at risk for tree root infiltration.

      1. If you suspect that tree roots have infiltrated your pipes, have them removed and repaired as soon as possible.

      1. If you plan to plant trees or shrubs in your garden, make sure to choose species that have less invasive roots.

      1. Keep an eye on your drainage system, if you notice any signs of slow draining, gurgling sounds, or water backups, it may be a sign of tree roots in your pipes, and it is important to address the issue as soon as possible.

    By taking these preventative measures, you can help protect your drainage system from the damage caused by tree roots, and ensure that your drains continue to function properly. However, if you do find that tree roots have infiltrated your pipes, it’s important to address the problem immediately to our Blocked drains expert to prevent any further damage.

    Other Causes of a Blocked Drain 


        1. Build-up of hair and soap scum in shower and bathroom sink drains.

        1. Grease and oil build-up in kitchen sink drains.

        1. Flushing inappropriate items down the toilet, such as wipes, sanitary products, and paper towels.

        1. Foreign objects, such as toys or jewellery, being accidentally flushed down the toilet.

        1. Build-up of sediment and minerals in pipes, causing a reduction in water flow.

        1. Age and deterioration of pipes, leading to cracks and breaks.

        1. Improperly disposed of waste, such as food scraps and yard waste, clogging outdoor drainage systems.

        1. Lack of regular maintenance and cleaning of drains and pipes.

        1. Heavy rain and storms can overload the drainage system and cause blockages.

      The End Result

      The outcome of our service was a satisfied customer, who felt reassured that the infestation of tree roots in their pipework had been effectively removed and the sewer system was now functioning optimally. Our team had successfully identified the problem, removed the affected pipes and made sure that the entire system was in proper working order. The efforts and expertise of Plumbwell Plumbing ensured that the customer’s drainage needs were met and their property was protected from further damage.

      Where The Job Was Completed 

      The job was completed at Fountain St, Alexandria NSW 2015.

      Who Worked On The Job

      Sam Pearson – Owner & Director 

      Sam Cantwell – Plumber 

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      Blocked Drains Caused by Tree Roots


      Blocked Drains Caused by Tree Roots


      Blocked Drains Caused by Tree Roots

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