Tips to Deal with Tree Root Damage of Pipes


All pipelines located beneath the soil surface are vulnerable to many different factors.  Out of all these factors, tree roots can be particularly problematic for pipelines. In dry climates, tree roots have a tendency to gravitate towards water and sewer lines. This is why it is difficult to prevent tree root damage of pipes in these conditions.

Simple plumbing issues such as a clogged sink or drain can be addressed by homeowners on their own. However, this is not true for the damage caused by tree roots because it is not easy to access pipes located underground.  The experience and equipment needed to diagnose and fix this problem is available only with professional plumbers.

If tree root damage is not addressed on time, it may lead to bursting of the pipe. This is why it is important for homeowners to identify early signs of damage so that a plumber can be called before it is too late.

Diagnosis of Pipe Damage Caused by Roots:

Diagnosis of tree root damage to pipes can be difficult for homeowners. This process can only be carried out accurately by an experienced professional. Based on this diagnosis, it can be determined whether the pipes can be repaired or they require replacement.

Please remember that a few signs of pipes damaged by roots can be identified even by the homeowners. For example, trees growing too close to sewer or water lines along with frequent clogging are clear indications of pipe damage caused by roots. If you have slow drains, it may indicate that the water line is getting obstructed by roots. Also, if your sewer line has been penetrated by tree roots, the water will not get drained easily. Another major warning sign is the appearance of sinkholes in the yard.

If any of these signs are observed, call a plumber without wasting any time whatsoever. They will diagnose the problem in detail using sophisticated inspection cameras. By doing this, they will be able to pinpoint the exact location where the damage has taken place and its severity.

Tree Root Damage Prevention:

Depending of severity of damage, different methods are used by plumbers to repair tree damage. In case of minimal intrusion, traditional practices such as hydro jetting may be useful. However, if the pipes have been severely damaged by tree roots, trenchless sewer replacement is the most recommended alternative.  This process allows quick replacement of damaged pipes at a significantly lower cost.  In this method, the damaged pipes are destroyed by cones moving hydraulically through plumbing lines. At the same time, their place is taken by the replacement pipeline. This is why trenchless pipe replacement requires less time.

If you are apprehensive that your pipes have been damaged by tree roots, feel free to contact us immediately at Austeck. Operating since 1992, we are currently the undisputed leaders across Australia for pipeline inspection and rehabilitation supply and support. We specialise in all advanced pipeline inspection technologies including drones, fibre optics, CCTV camera systems, profiling, sound testing, and much more.