Tree & Plant Root Removal From Drains

Direct Drain Services offer a specialist root removal service to deal with the problem of root intrusion in drains and pipework.

One of the most common causes of blocked drains is tree and plant roots penetrating into a drainage system. The roots are drawn to drains as they provide a constant source of water and moisture needed for survival. Having made their way into the drainage system, it is this intrusion that can cause problems in underground drains as the roots grow and take hold, narrowing and eventually blocking the drain.

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Removing Roots From Drains

Removing roots from drains usually requires high pressure water jetting or electromechanical methods.

High Pressure Water Jetting

For smaller root intrusions in to drains we often find that high pressure water jetting is enough to remove the roots and unblock the drain. With the roots removed, we can then clear any build-up of deposits in the pipework.

Electromechanical Removal

This method of root removal is for the more hardy root removals that are more difficult to clear. We insert a rotating steel cable using specialist attachments to cut away the root ingress and clear the blockage.

CCTV Drain Surveys

If there is extensive root intrusion in a drain, we are able carry out a CCTV drain survey to inspect the drainage system. This allows us to see further down the drain to make sure that the whole root system has been completely removed. A CCTV survey gives added reassurance and helps minimise the chance of the roots blocking the drain again.

Damage Caused By Roots

Root intrusion into drainage systems can cause serious structural damage to your underground drains.

Our expert drain engineers will inspect the drain to check whether any significant damage has occurred. If there is damage to the drainage system and repairs are necessary, our drain engineer will usually recommend that the defective pipe work is repaired using “in situ” lining methods (where no excavation is required), to ensure that the roots cannot grow back into the drain and to repair the structural damage to the drain.

Insurance Claims

Most buildings insurance policies cover drainage damage caused by roots, but we recommend that you check your policy and consult your insurance company first. We are happy to liaise with your insurers and/or Loss Adjusters on your behalf and assist with any requirements they may have.

Contact us

Please contact our customer support team to find out more about our drainage services, for friendly expert advice, or to arrange for one of our drainage engineers to visit your premises. We provide will happily provide an obligation free quotation. 

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