Tree Roots Are the Most Common Cause of Drain Blockages
Published: October 27, 2023 Last Updated: November 14, 2023
In Queensland, a perfect storm of climatic conditions is brewing, setting the stage for tree root blockages. The combination of scorching summers, mild winters, and frequent rainfall creates an environment where tree growth thrives. In this article, we'll delve into why pipes are particularly susceptible to root intrusions, the signs of a blocked drain, and how to prevent and address these issues.
Why Are Pipes Susceptible to Roots?
Pipes in your plumbing system are buried underground, creating an ideal environment for tree roots to explore. Trees naturally seek out water and nutrients, and the moisture that forms on the outside of sewer or stormwater pipes during hot months and growing seasons can be irresistible to their root systems. Even the tiniest fractures or gaps in your pipes can invite these fine hair-like roots to infiltrate and grow into blockages.
5 Signs You Might Have A Blocked Drain:
- Slow to drain sink.
- Gurgling sounds from your drain
- Irregular toilet flushes
- Wet patches in your yard
- Smells or odours coming from your drain.
The Dangers of Root Intrusions:
Once tree roots invade your PVC, metal, or ceramic pipes, you'll experience the telltale signs of a blocked drain. Unfortunately, tree roots won't stop growing once they've infiltrated your drainage system, potentially causing severe damage and costly repairs if left unattended. They can also trap other debris, such as food scraps, hair, cat litter, and more, leading to more frequent blockages and plumbing issues.
Preventing and Addressing Blockages:
The longer a drain remains blocked, the more challenging and expensive professional intervention may become. It's crucial to enlist the help of a licensed plumber to rectify the situation promptly.
To prevent blockages:
- Dispose of food waste properly; don't let it accumulate in your pipes.
- Avoid flushing items like baby wipes and sanitary products.
- Be cautious of over-the-counter drain cleaners, as they are often ineffective and no match against root intrusions.
- Chemicals like caustic cleaners are dangerous and should not be taken lightly, especially when dealing with PVC pipes. Caustic cleaners can be a health risk and will do little to solve your blocked drains.
Clearing a blocked drain requires specialized knowledge, experience, and cutting-edge plumbing technology. At Fallon Solutions our licensed plumber will effectively assess the blocked drain and all the symptoms associated with it. Our plumbers are equipped with the latest plumbing technology, highly trained, and thoroughly experienced. By utilising a CCTV drain camera they will pinpoint the exact location of the blockage and visually see an image of what the blockage is.
Our plumbers can then thoroughly inspect the pipes for any damage, such as openings, cracks, or breaks caused by root intrusions. If issues are found, Fallon Solutions offers an innovative permanent solution such as Pipe Relining. This process repairs damaged pipes without excavation, using a structurally strong resin. Pipe relining not only fixes the damage but also prevents future root intrusions, ensuring the long-term integrity of your plumbing system without the need for extensive digging or garden disruption. Fallon Solutions also offers a comprehensive 10-year warranty on all drainage work we do for you, so you can rest easy.
To gain a visual understanding of Pipe Relining, please watch this video: All About No-Dig Drain Relining
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