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Tree Roots Blocking Drains

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Tree Roots Blocking Drains

A valuable lesson was learnt when Jurassic Park hit the cinema screens in 1993 that ‘life, will find a way’. Unfortunately, life finding a way can have disastrous effects on modern drain pipes as up to 90% of all blocked drains are caused by tree root intrusion.

A tree’s network of roots below the soil can spread to lengths twice the tree’s height in their search for moisture and nutrients. Common household drainage pipes can be very attractive to tree roots as they tend to create condensation on their exterior. The roots generally find a way into the pipe through small cracks or joining segments of pipe and as they enter they bring a lot of dirt and debris with them.

The arrival and growth of a root system in your drainage pipe can cause all sorts of nasty problems and damage; it’s a home owner’s nightmare. Effects of a blockage are usually first identified inside the house; when water fails to drain from the shower cubicle, toilet or bath tub it is evident that a blockage is present. Sitting water can become stagnant and a breeding ground for bacteria and germs.

The DIY approach to attempt to fix the problem commonly involves removing any visible blockage inside the house and whilst removing build ups of hair and soap grime is a good start the true ‘root’ cause will be much harder to address and will require a professional. Dr.Drip’s Plumbers use CCTV drain cameras to locate the problematic areas one by one. Defending these areas with RoofX environmentally friendly cleaning agent takes care of the roots and reinstates unobstructed flow through the pipe.

Damage to the pipes themselves is very common when tree roots invade. Old aged pipes suffer the most and should be replaced with modern PVC alternatives which will last much longer and are far more resistant to roots. A cracked pipe is an open invitation for more roots to intrude.

Identifying the tree to which the perpetrating roots belong is also key to preventing a repeat episode of the problem. Once identified, it may be possible to remove, relocate or replace the tree.

Remember, that if you notice the water draining slower than usual or that the water is simply not draining at all it’s time to call a Plumber. We recommend get this problem solved the right way first time.

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Dr. DRiP Sydney Plumbers were established in 2000, and today is one of Sydney’s fastest growing and most reputable maintenance plumbing companies. We specialise in rapid response emergency plumbing maintenance. Dr. DRiP’s head office is located in Mona Vale, however we provide a plumbing service to all areas of Sydney.

Owned and operated by Andrew Smith, Dr. DRiP offers a complete 24 hour 7 day a week service. We have 8 mobile work vehicles ready for immediate response. Each vehicle carries a comprehensive range of the latest technology and inventory to ensure most jobs can be completed on the spot, which is a great cost savings for our customers.

Dr. DRiP has built and maintains a loyal customer base, which includes domestic, commercial, real estate, strata, government and corporate companies. We initially became established throughout the Northern Beaches in Sydney and quickly built a strong reputation based on our high level of service, commitment to our customers and our professional expertise. We have since grown into a well-recognised and ethical plumbing company that services the entire Sydney region.

On time, every time is our passion and driving force behind our business. But it’s not the only thing that makes us different. Dr. DRiP has one of the strongest code of ethics and staff training systems in the business of plumbing.

Our employees are extremely valued and highly trained. All employees undertake a full security and background check before starting and undergo an intensive training schedule prior to starting work at Dr. DRiP. We recognise that our professional plumbers are the face of our company and therefore take immense responsibility on how they represent us.

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