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Tree Root Ingress

No1PHD stands for the top plumbing, heating and drainage expertise available throughout the UK. Blocked piping? We specialise in tackling the most frequent cause of blockage on piping systems: tree root ingress. Look out for the signs that your drainage system is suffering (slow draining, gurgling) and promptly contact No1PHD to solve the problem.

Why so slow?

If the above question runs through your head as you watch the washing-up water disappear down the drain at snail-pace, leaving a wake of soap-suds and scum, you may have a drainage problem. The immediate under-the-sink build-up of residue is easy to deal with but often professional help is needed. If the bath, the shower, the toilet or the garden hose present the same symptoms, then it is time to act. Your best bet is to contact No1PHD your local drainage experts, explain the problem and we will immediately send out our team of experts. The causes of drain blockage can be many, one of the most common is the penetration of tree roots into your piping system. Call us for prompt intervention or to find out more about tree root ingress and blocked drains.

Know your enemy! Facts and info about tree roots:

Since the most probable origins of your drainage issues are the trees surrounding your house, here are a few facts about tree root ingress, so you know what you are up against:

  • A root can live in a pipe for up to two years before breaking through the pipe’s seal.
  • Fast-growing, tall-standing trees are the most aggressive pipe assailants.
  • Roots enter through faults in the piping and thrive on the moist environment within.
  • A build-up of roots penetrating through a crack can cause blockage and can even break open the pipe.

How do they do it? And why do they do it?

Tree roots are opportunistic, they take the line of least resistance. It is rare for a tree root to break or dislodge piping, but they are quick to take advantage of any spontaneous improvement in soil conditions. The sudden appearance of surprisingly rich brown earth, inviting and moist, bubbling with oxygen and nourishment, perfect for expanding and pampering roots, is irresistible. This wonderful dampness in the soil is the result of liquid oozing out of a cracked or damaged pipe or pipe-joint; it is an open invitation to surrounding trees who promptly put out their feelers and follow through to the source of this unexpected boon.


Not so heavy metal: the vulnerability of pipes

Pipes are industrial heavy-duty products made to last and to withstand high humidity, exposure to extreme weather and temperatures, and constant use. They are made of tough durable materials – iron, concrete, brick, clay, plastic, metal – in Roman times they used stone. They are built to last and withstand sundry onslaughts from all quarters, including tree roots. However, nature is a formidable foe, and tree roots sometimes get the better of the piping. It happens when the piping system is old and the above tough materials have eroded over time or deteriorated due to ground shifting around the pipes. Smaller or shallow piping lines are more vulnerable, and piping systems are open to attack where there are many pipe joints. This is where the perfidious roots gain entrance. Fewer joints in sewers or pipe-lines mean less danger of root infiltration. Even the tiniest crack in the piping is a wide-open door to nearby trees.

Pipe repair and replacement

As soon as you contact No1PHD, your pipe and drainage problems are already half-way solved. The No1PHD expert team, specialised in tree root ingress on piping, will analyse the type and extent of the root penetration and will suggest ways to deal with it. There are various options for tackling tree root ingress problems:

  • special root cutters for pipes cuts away all roots (temporary solution as the roots eventually grow back)
  • a dedicated treatment for piping systems that kills off all roots
  • relining of sewage or drainage pipes
  • sewer or drain renovation, with the replacement of part of the piping system
  • complete or partial pipework replacement

Contact Us

No1PHD analyses your drainage problem and advises accordingly. Tree root ingress is a common occurrence on older drainage systems and our experts are fully equipped to deal with each case promptly and efficiently, to solve your tree root problem for once and for all. Call the drainage experts on 08006906777 or email for quick call out.

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After noticing that the house was unusually cold, we found that the heating wasn’t coming on and that our hot water had also failed. We called the team at No 1 PHD who dispatched an engineer to investigate. After discovering that the culprit was a faulty boiler part, they ordered in a new part and got it fitted as quickly as possible. The guys were great, and we couldn’t be happier.

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For days, we’ve noticed a foul smell coming from outside and a gurgling sound coming from one of the drains. Whenever it would rain, the area around it would flood slightly and take ages to drain. We tried buying drain unblockers, but none seemed effective. Eventually, we turned to No 1 PHD and were left wondering why we didn’t do this sooner.

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