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Tree Root in Drainage2019-01-19T07:54:27+00:00

Clearing Tree Roots in Drainage Systems

Tree roots can be an issue to households especially if they are planted too close to your sewer pipes. Any vigorous root system can cause you major plumbing headaches in the form of root damage to your drains. Make no mistake these powerful roots don’t just stop there. They can also destroy fences, retaining walls, outdoor paving, and even cause cracks in your foundations.

What happens when your sewer pipes get blocked? Good question.

When you start seeing unpleasant sights and smells to your toilet, laundry, and bathrooms this is a sure sign that your drains are backing up resulting in overflows. Soon as this happens it’s advisable not to pour any hazardous chemicals down the drain.

Why do tree roots enter your sewer pipes?

Just like any living organism a tree relies heavily on absorbing water and nutrients for its survival.
Even more so in drought conditions – roots will always be hunting for alternative sources even from a long distance away.
The problem starts when there’s any shift in ground movement – resulting in your sewer or stormwater pipes to crack. The hair-like roots will then penetrate these tiny cracks looking for any moisture that seeps out from your pipes. At this point if they are not stopped they will completely fill each point of entry thereby blocking and damaging the pipes causing messy sewage spills.

How do I know which pipe is beneath my soil?

You don’t have to go digging up your backyard to figure out what piping you have underneath. A clear indication of what pipes you have is to find out the age of your Home. Case example homes built between 1900’s through to 1970’s would definitely have clay pipes

Which pipe offers the best resistance to root intrusion?

It’s true some pipes are more susceptible to root damage than others. Case example Clay Pipes, are inherently more porous making them a prime target for adjacent roots. PVC on the other hand is more versatile, flexible, and because it has fewer joints is more resistant to root intrusion. Another benefit is its lightweight properties make it easier to install.

Do my pipes need regular Maintenance?

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Like anything in life prevention is the best cure and will save you more money in the long-term. By doing this you will prevent further root growth and damage to your drains.

There’s more to fixing a blockage that meets the eye. That’s where the experienced plumbing professionals at M.R Drains will step in and offer you several options to permanently get rid of those incredibly intrusive roots via …

  1. Mechanical Eel
  2. High Pressure Jetter

Once your drain becomes clear we then apply a root foaming treatment which inhibits the growth and allows drains to run freely. Roots that enter the pipe, pipe wall and those outside the pipe die, rot, and drop off. This allows ground pressure which aids in closing the cracks and gaps in the pipe caused by root growth

Why choose MR Drains ?

With 30 years drain industry experience we offer you the right advice especially when it comes to layouts whether domestic, commercial and industrial drains. And we have fully equipped vehicles to handle any drain blockage, carrying three different size cameras, high pressure water jetter, plus various drain machines. We will treat your emergency with the utmost of importance and not just show up without giving you a courtesy call beforehand.

As you think about what you really need to get rid of roots from your drains at your home or business this summer you must begin to realise that you have only one choice to make, and that is to call the plumbing professionals at MR Drains.

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Hugo March
Hugo March
19:29 24 Jan 19
Like many others I just cannot recommend Matt and M.R.Drains more highly. Recently we had a very elusive problem with water ingress in the basement flat of our building on the New Kings Road, Fulham. Over a period of a month several so called drainage experts came to take a look. In short none of them had a clue despite charging vast amounts of money for camera surveys etc and giving eye watering estimates. It was our good fortune to stumble across Matt. First of all he arrived when he said he would and secondly had identified the problem in under half an hour. The cost of the video survey was peanuts in comparison to others and his equipment state of the art. By that evening he had emailed us the video, a report and a quote to send to our insurers. It was more than reasonable. Matt came several days later, again exactly when he said he would, and within a couple of days had repaired and lined the damaged pipes etc I felt completely comfortable leaving him with the keys of our property. We now have no water ingress and fully operational drains with a ten year warranty. Matt was very user friendly and a pleasure to deal with. I will definitely be recommending him to more
Niki Wigram
Niki Wigram
10:03 22 Dec 18
Mr Drains’ team were all so attentive and professional. We had an urgent job and they were willing and able to fit us in last mintute at a very busy time of year. We highly recommend more
David Edward
David Edward
23:14 23 Nov 18
Unbeatable on price, speed and efficiency. A total breeze organising and completing the job with Matt. Very reasonably priced and we were even charged £5 less than quoted, which rarely happens. more
natalie weber
natalie weber
15:59 23 Nov 18
I cannot recommend this company highly enough. We contacted MR Drains Ltd and spoke with a their reception team who advised the person we needed to speak to was on the other line, but he'd call back within 5 minutes, which he did. We got a call back within minutes from Matt, who arranged to visit the property on the same day within 3 hours of receiving our call. He worked with our plumbers on site to investigate the drainage and track it with a camera. He went above and beyond in staying around to help the plumbers locate and lift other manholes. An absolutely lovely guy, who clearly knows his stuff. Fast, polite, super efficient. If only all companies were like this! Thanks again Matt. From a very happy customer!read more
Tracey Pierce
Tracey Pierce
14:03 07 Oct 18
Excellent service received from Matt and Harry. I had an urgent, serious drain and rodent issue at a residential property. I received an immediate response to my initial enquiry, and the work started within the week. They identified the issues, and were solution orientated, rectifying all of the problems. They were reliable, on time and tidy. They were not the cheapest quote, but the work and materials were of high quality, and you generally get what you pay for. A 10 year guarantee was also provided. I would definitely recommend more
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