Removing roots from drains

Root Removal

Tree roots in drains are one of the biggest cause of blockages in the UK. At Maintain Drains, we have a variety of techniques that we can try out for root removal and depending on the location and severity of the root ingress. In many cases, roots can simply be cut away if there has been major displacement to the joints or severe fracturing then excavation may be the only answer. Once the removal of the roots is complete the following process would be to use a structural liner to reduce the likelihood of the roots getting into the drain in the future.

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FAQ’s about Root Removal


  • How do tree roots get into drains?

    Tree roots in drains gain access via the pipe joints, fractures, cracks and through inspection chamber walls and benching. The majority of the drainage systems within the UK are constructed from collar and spigot vitrified clay pipes jointed using sand & cement, these joints offer little resistance to fine tree roots.

  • Why tree roots enter your drains?

    Condensation that naturally occurs on the outer wall of the drain pipe, or moisture from leaking drain joints attract tree roots looking for a good nutritious feed. Disturbed ground, trenches and house foundations make easy travelling for a root system compared to the adjacent undisturbed ground.

  • How do you repair root ingress?

    Tree root ingress is one of the biggest causes of blockages in the UK. For this reason, we recommend that you have your drains thoroughly investigated with a pre-purchase survey before buying a new house. Drains close to any disturbed ground, trees or hedges are particularly vulnerable.

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  • Get in touch with us when you notice signs of a blocked drain.
  • Our Poole based team will respond quickly and efficiently, working around your schedule.
  • A drainage professional will diagnose the problem and give you a clear quote for our services.
  • Maintain Drains will carry out the work required to an exceptional standard.
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Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it! Take a look at some of our previous feedback from domestic and commercial customers in and around Dorset.

  • review rating 5  Spoke to Jon at Maintain prior to our house purchase as a house surveyor's report does not give sufficient information. Could not fault the service. Video's of all the drains. a map of their location and description of condition which is incredibly useful for future plans. He arranged everything which was appreciated as we are (were) not local and the report was with us the next day. Like the electrician who inspected the electrical installation; both worth every penny of their fees prior to a house purchase.

    thumb Marti Atkins
    10/03/2019

    review rating 5  We moved into a new property and needed their services. They were very professional and solved the issues very promptly. Would highly recommend Maintain Drains.

    thumb Lesley Simmons
    10/09/2019

    review rating 5  Called on Christmas day and found the chap on the phone to be really helpful, got us out of a pickle and resolved our blocked toilets. Would recommend to anyone.

    thumb russell wilkins
    1/02/2019
  • review rating 5  Absolutely brilliant, had a problem with the shop loo, gave them a ring and within a couple of hours everything was sorted. Pleasant young man, still smiling after what he had to do was amazing. They are also very, very competitive price wise. I would highly recommend Maintain Drains to anyone , thank you once again

    thumb Jackie Brown
    9/03/2019

    review rating 5  Came out as emergency within 30 minutes of phoning at about 7pm. Arrived when they said they would. Nice guy, who sorted a very unpleasant problem, with friendly courtesy and good humour. Also had a follow up call next day, which was much appreciated. Would absolutely recommend them. Many thanks for getting us out of a sticky situation.

    thumb Dominic Wang
    12/12/2018

    review rating 5  Excellent, prompt service, cannot fault at all. Would totally recommend this company.

    thumb Harvey Lockheart
    10/06/2019
  • review rating 5  I highly recommend this company. Jonathan is extremely professional and courteous. He took the time to ensure the problem was investigated thoroughly with a full explanation of findings and recommendations. By doing this he saved us a lot of expense. Thank you.

    thumb rebecca brady
    1/27/2020
  • review rating 5  We moved into a new property and needed their services. They were very professional and solved the issues very promptly. Would highly recommend Maintain Drains.

    thumb Lesley Simmons
    10/09/2019
  • review rating 5  Called on Christmas day and found the chap on the phone to be really helpful, got us out of a pickle and resolved our blocked toilets. Would recommend to anyone.

    thumb russell wilkins
    1/02/2019
  • review rating 5  Excellent, prompt service, cannot fault at all. Would totally recommend this company.

    thumb Harvey Lockheart
    10/06/2019
  • review rating 5  Absolutely brilliant, had a problem with the shop loo, gave them a ring and within a couple of hours everything was sorted. Pleasant young man, still smiling after what he had to do was amazing. They are also very, very competitive price wise. I would highly recommend Maintain Drains to anyone , thank you once again

    thumb Jackie Brown
    9/03/2019
  • review rating 5  I highly recommend this company. Jonathan is extremely professional and courteous. He took the time to ensure the problem was investigated thoroughly with a full explanation of findings and recommendations. By doing this he saved us a lot of expense. Thank you.

    thumb rebecca brady
    1/27/2020
  • review rating 5  Spoke to Jon at Maintain prior to our house purchase as a house surveyor's report does not give sufficient information. Could not fault the service. Video's of all the drains. a map of their location and description of condition which is incredibly useful for future plans. He arranged everything which was appreciated as we are (were) not local and the report was with us the next day. Like the electrician who inspected the electrical installation; both worth every penny of their fees prior to a house purchase.

    thumb Marti Atkins
    10/03/2019
How do you Repair Root Damaged Drains?

Tree Root Removal

If the roots have reached your system through joints and there is no major displacement, Maintain Drains can cut the roots and reline your drainage. However, if the root ingress has caused major displacement to the joints or it has fractured or compromised your pipes, pipe excavation may be the only answer. On most domestic systems given the number of bends and junctions you get over fairly short distances it is often a mixture of the two repair methods are required.

You should be insured for tree root damage to drains unless you have some obscure bricks and mortar policy that states otherwise.

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