One of the most common causes of drain blockages is tree root ingress. As the name suggests, this is the process of tree roots finding their way into your drain. From there they can continue to grow, filling the inner space of the drain until a partial or complete blockage occurs. Fortunately, No1PHD have several tools at our disposal to diagnose, fix, and even prevent this issue from ever happening again. If you think you’re experiencing this problem, No1PHD have experts on hand in Portsmouth ready help.
Along a drainpipe, there are points where different sections of drain connect. While these connections are watertight, they provide the smallest of openings where a tree root can begin to work its way into the pipe. Over time the root can make its way through the connection seam and into the pipe itself where it will continue to grow. It is not just the connection points, however. Drains that have developed cracks and small holes from natural deterioration also provide a way in for questing tree roots. No1PHD can carry out a drain camera inspection to determine if your drains have root ingress, and to what degree.
First and foremost, tree root ingress blocks your drain pipes. The tree roots are searching for water, and when they find it they grow and expand as long as there is more water on offer, and in a wastewater drain, there will always be more water on offer. This results in them filling more of the internal diameter of the drain and if left for long enough, entirely blocking the pipe. Beyond the potential blockages, however, they can also damage the pipe itself. Growing plants—especially trees—can exert tremendous force, and in the case of root ingress, enough force to split and crack your drain pipes open. If No1PHD are called soon enough we can usually deal with the ingress without replacing the pipe. If not, the pipe may need to be excavated and replaced entirely.
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There isn’t much you can do to prevent tree root ingress from the outside. Unless you intend to routinely overturn the soil around your drain pipes to ensure no trees are taking root in the area, that is. As far as preventative measures, however, No1PHD can help. There are techniques such as drain lining, which coat the inside of the pipe in a strong lining that is seamless, and thus leaves the tree roots with no way into the pipe. A similar method called patch repair can be used to seal up small sections of pipe that have developed cracks or holes. This won’t protect the whole drain but it will stop root ingress in a specific area. If you are worried about tree root ingress, give No1PHD a call and talk to us about your options.
Whether your drains are crammed full of tree roots and have all but cracked like an egg, or they’re in perfect condition but you want to future proof against root ingress, or anything in between. No1PHD have the tools and experience to make light work of your tree root worries. Simply call us on 08006906777 and we’ll have one of our Portsmouth-based technicians putting your mind at ease in no time.
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