Tree roots vs Drains

Nearly every property in New Zealand has a tree planted on it somewhere. But it’s when they are located close to pipelines that they can cause serious problems.

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago at a property we were called to in Lower Hutt. The offending tree roots were located using our CCTV camera.

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Those roots caused that sewer pipe to back up and cause a stink – and nobody wants that!

As it was a very severe case, we had to dug up the affected area and replace it with a new line. But in most cases we can just use our electric eel machine to cut and remove the tree roots from the drain.

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The best advice we can give homeowners is for them to check where their drains are laid and make sure any future plantings are well away!