When it comes to blocked drains, pipes and sewer systems across the country, tree root ingress is one of the most common causes. As a drainage company covering Folkestone and the wider Kent area, tree root removal is one of our most-used services. Unfortunately, a system with tree roots inside can lead to multiple emergency drainage issues, including structural damage, blockages, water leaks and flooding. We perform CCTV drain surveys to assess the specific nature of the problem at hand.
While drain lining and drain descaling represent an effective fix in most cases, we may also need to carry out further drain repairs, including excavations, to resolve the situation.
Tree root intrusion, along with various other drainage issues, is why surveyors recommend that prospective house buyers conduct a pre-purchase drain survey before committing to a new property.
Because intruding tree roots cause a range of problems, from blocked drains to subsidence, we receive questions on the subject regularly. We have answered some of these below.
Tree Root Intrusion | Your Questions Answered
How do tree roots get into my drains?
Like all living things, trees are always looking to enhance their chances of survival. As such, their roots seek out sources of water. Condensation naturally forms on the outside of drainage pipes, so tree roots in the vicinity grow toward them. Of course, your pipes in Folkestone have water flowing through them on a near-constant basis, so the roots then try to find a way inside.
Fine root hairs gain access through cracks, fractures and pipe joints as well as inspection chamber walls and benching. This is why regular maintenance checks, and subsequent minor drain repairs, are so important. CCTV drain surveys identify small cracks, and drain lining applications fix them.
As specialists in non-urgent and emergency drainage services, we cover the full spectrum of pipework problems. No matter how advanced your tree root intrusion is, we can find a solution.
What happens when the root is inside the pipe?
Fine root hairs can gain access to old and modern drainage pipes alike. Once they have passed into the pipe itself, the fine roots develop into tap roots and then root masses. Over time, this mass grows, reducing the pipe’s internal bore. If left unchecked, this will eventually result in blocked drains, possibly even structural damage.
How do you perform tree root removal?
As with all our services in the Folkestone area, the way we approach your tree root problem depends on the severity of the issue.
If there isn’t any major displacement to the joints the roots have penetrated, we can cut them away relatively easily. Our team then applies a drain lining before carrying out drain repairs or descaling, if needed.
If serious displacement occurs, or even large-scale pipe fracturing, excavations may be the only solution. In many cases, we have to remove the damaged section and replace it with a new drain installation. A CCTV drain survey confirms the best approach.
Of course, there’s no singular solution for tree root removal. No two jobs in Folkestone are the same, so we tailor our service to deliver the most effective results.
From clearing blocked drains to installing new drainage systems, there’s no project our emergency drainage experts can’t manage.