DRAIN365
DRAIN365
Freephone
0800 530 0365

www.localdrainservices.co.uk
24 Hour Emergency Drain Repair Services For London, Herts & Beds
24 Hour Emergency Drain Repair Services For London, Herts & Beds
"99.9% of all blocked drains cleared on the first visit"
Emergency
07825 228 829
*NO CALL OUT CHARGES
*24/7 SERVICE
*FAST RESPONSE

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"99.9% of all blocked drains cleared on the first visit"
Root Cutting
Root Cutting
The roots from trees and large shrubs often cause blockages and damage to pipes and drainage systems.

If this problem is diagnosed [using CCTV to investigate] we use a turbine root cutter to remove fibrous matter and mass roots from the sewer.

Once all of the roots have been removed, it may be possible to place a liner in the sewer to prevent the re-growth of the roots within the sewer. This eliminates the need to perform expensive excavation.

Tree roots in sewer pipes cause damage and are the reason why many sewers backup. Roots can enter sewer pipes through cracks or loose joints. Over half of tree roots in the City's sewer system enter through defective private lateral sewer pipes.
What Causes Roots to Grow in Pipes?

Roots are attracted to water vapour that escapes through cracks or loose joints in sewer pipes. This means roots will move towards and penetrate through cracks, loose joints or any openings in sewer pipes. This happens even in the winter when trees appear to be dormant.

Once inside, roots will continue to grow and fill the pipe to create a root mass that can become matted with grease, paper and other solid matter. This is what eventually causes a clogged sewer.

As roots continue to grow within a pipe, they begin to expand and exert pressure at their point of entry. This can result in a pipe rupture. A ruptured sewer pipe can be costly to fix or replace.

Signs that a sewer is blocked include slow flowing drains, gurgling sounds from a toilet bowl and wet areas around washing machine floor drains. A pipe that is not cleared will become completely blocked and may rupture.
What Can Be Done to Combat the Tree Root Problem?

The most common method to remove roots from sewer pipes is to use augers and saws augmented with commercial herbicides that kill roots. Do not, however, use copper sulphate and sodium hydroxide because although these chemicals kill roots, they do not prevent regrowth. They also damage the environment when they flow into our rivers. The most effective way to remove roots is by the use of High-pressure Water Jet and hydraulic root removing jetter nozzle. Once all roots have been removed the damaged pipe can be repaired by cipp liner. (See Re-lining page)
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