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Tree roots in pipes in Sydney

If you find your drain jammed for no apparent reason, you might assume some unknown object is the culprit. Although foreign objects are quite a possible reason, the most common cause of drain blockages are tree roots. The problem with tree roots is that they can grow into extensive networks and inflict heavy damage. To get rid of tree roots in pipes in Sydney, you would have to hire a reliable plumbing company with an experienced and well-equipped team.
A tree root blockage in pipes is a problem for which DIY methods wouldn’t be advisable as you might end up damaging the pipes instead.

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What problems can tree roots in pipes cause?


Tree roots can easily find their way into pipes through cracks or by breaking into ageing pipelines.


It takes just a hairline crack for a tiny strand of a root to enter and grow inside the pipe. Once the roots have infiltrated your water pipes or drain, they would eventually grow into an extensive network. Debris and dirt carried by the water would get stuck in these roots, thus clogging up your drain. Moreover, excessive growth of tree roots in pipes can cause the pipe to burst or collapse.

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Tree Roots

Gardening can be wonderful and fun but it is important to know where your sewer and stormwater drains are laid before planting certain flora. Cracks and spaces in your pipes are especially vulnerable to strong, deep roots and can cause significant damage to your pipe’s health and your wallet! Out of all the blocked drain issues throughout our 20+ years of plumbing experience, tree roots is the number one most common problem.

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Flushing Oils

The most common cause of kitchen sink blockages is oil and waste scraps clogging the drains. Simply DO NOT pour oils down the kitchen sink, but instead pour it into containers to prevent the fats blocking your drain.

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Hygiene Objects

Regardless of wipes and female hygiene products being a kind of tissue, you SHOULD NOT flush them down the drain. We advise our customers to dispose of these into a rubbish bin and to remember that all wipes can cause blockages and issues with your drain.

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Hair

Another common blockage problem is quantities of hair blocking drains. This can easily be prevented by using a hair catcher over your drain or simply remove the hairs from the drain after your shower

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Leaves & Debris

Leaves and debris often block stormwater drains. Make sure they’re kept clear. What we recommend to our customers is to place a Protective Gutter Guard or a simple mesh covering over the drain to keep them clean and clear.

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How do professional plumbers deal with tree roots in pipes?

  • Our professionals in Sydney carry special tree root cutters which designed to operate inside pipes.
  • Using these cutters along with other equipment, they would first cut down all the tree roots inside the pipe.
  • They would then use a high-pressure jetter to blast the pipe with water and wash out all the roots in pipes that they earlier cut.
  • Using CCTV cameras, our team would check if the pipe is completely clean.
  • If necessary, they would repair the damaged parts of the pipe to prevent leakage or infiltration of tree roots in the future.

Call PlumbFirst Sydney at 1300 174 890 for trusted and affordable tree root clearing services. We would be glad to lend our assistance to valued clients.

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