Root Removal

Tree roots in drains is one of the biggest cause of blockages within drain, pipe and sewer
systems in the UK. This is due to roots growing towards water sources.

Removing roots from drains

At Maintain Drains, we have a variety of techniques that we can try out for root removal and depending on the location and severity of the root ingress, we can probably sort the issue out without having to do severe excavation.

In many cases roots can simply be cut away if there has been major displacement to the joints or severe fracturing then excavation may be the only answer. Once the removal of the roots is complete the following process would be to use a structural liner to reduce the likelihood of the roots getting into the drain in the future.

Tree roots in drains is one of the biggest cause of blockages within drain, pipe and sewer systems in the UK and a root damaged drainage system can often lead to more severe problems. For this reason most surveyors undertaking a house pre-purchase survey would recommend that the drains be inspected if they are in fairly close proximity to any trees, shrubs or hedges.

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FAQ’s about Root Removal

How Do Tree Roots Get Into Your Drains?

The tree roots gain access to the drain system via the pipe joints, fractures, cracks and through inspection chamber walls and benching. The majority of the drainage systems within the UK are constructed from collar and spigot vitrified clay pipes jointed using sand & cement, these joints offer little resistance to fine tree roots which once inside develop into tap roots and root masses which then reduce the internal bore of the pipe.

More modern systems installed using rubber sealed couplings are still prone to root ingress if not protected by a root barrier or surrounded in concrete, though as modern systems are supposed to be flexible surrounding the joint in concrete is generally frowned upon.

Why Tree Roots Enter Your Drains?

Condensation that naturally occurs on the outer wall of the drain pipe, or moisture from leaking drain joints attract tree roots looking for a good nutritious feed.

Disturbed ground such as trenches excavated for drains, services and house foundations make easy traveling for a root system compared to the adjacent virgin ground, the same applies for granular and porous sub-bases for driveways and patios.

When we excavate a root damaged system even at two or three metres deep you can clearly see where the roots have followed the line of the original trench wall down to the drainage system, you will then often find one large tap root running the length of the drain with smaller roots branching off at each collar.

How Do You Repair Root Damaged Drains?

If the roots have accessed the system via its joints and there has been no major displacement to those joints the system can be root cut and in many cases relined, if there has been major displacement to the joints or severe fracturing then excavation may be the only answer.

On most domestic systems given the number of bends and junctions you get over fairly short distances it is often a mixture of the two repair methods are required.

If you have a system that has severe ingress and major displacement of joints but you can not excavate it a pipe bursting method can be used, assuming there are no lateral connections or sharp changes in direction and you can winch a line through the system.

Are You Insured For Tree Root Damage To Drains?

You should be unless you have some obscure bricks and mortar policy that states otherwise, tree root ingress to drains has always been an insurable risk however since the down turn in the economy one or two companies are trying to knock a few tree root removal related drainage claims back.

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